Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

All your questions answered ...

Is Sir Walter available in seed?

No. Sir Walter can produce seed heads when stressed, however they are infertile.

Is pick up available?

Yes, you can pick up direct from The Turf Farm at Pinnaroo. Please give us a call to arrange a time.

How many pallets can I fit onto my ute?

If you decide on pick up, then it would be necessary to bring a tray-top ute with a trailer or a small truck, depending on the amount of turf. As an average pallet(50m2) weighs between 700-1000kg, a one-tonne ute is limited to 50m2 on the tray, a single axle trailer limited to 36m2, a tandem trailer is limited to 100m2 for safe carrying capacity. Please check the legal load requirements for your vehicle. Also, we require you to provide rope or tie down straps to secure your load.

What will my ordered turf look like?

Your lawn will come in rolls. Each roll measures 1800 Long x 560 wide and is equal to 1 metre square.  They weigh approx 15kg-20kg each roll.  A standard pallet holds 50m2 (total weight = 700kg-1000kg) Thickness is dependent on the season but is usually between 35-40mm. Please give our friendly team a call to check.

When will my lawn be drought hardy?

We recommend for your lawn to have a full root profile and be drought hardy that you need a full year of establishment, including one full summer.  If you have maintained your lawn with watering and fertilising then you should have a root profile of 20-30cm.

Can I have my lawn installed?

Yes, we can arrange site preparation and installation with a local quality landscaper.  In the Riverland and Mallee we prefer to use Riverland Creative Gardens.  Talk to us and we can arrange a quote and site inspection for you.

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What if my site has weeds?

We recommend you water your prepared area and wait for the weeds to germinate and spray the area with a weed killer like round up. If you have a particularly weedy patch you might like to repeat water and spray or alternatively remove 10cm of soil where most of your weed seeds are contained.

When is the best time to plant?

We recommend you plant during the active growing season of spring to autumn, October to March is ideal. For optimal results we do not recommend winter planting. Only plant if your site is not shady or in a frost prone area with no or minimal traffic on it. Sometimes it is necessary to plant during winter. This is fine but it will take a lot longer to establish and will not come green until spring.

Do I need to top-dress?

We recommend you top-dress with sand once lawn has been laid. This helps improve your soil to root contact and stops edges from drying out.

When do I fertilise?

We recommend six weeks after laying Lawn. On your established lawn for optimum results fertilise four times a year: September, December, March and April (pre-winter preparation). Please refer to our lawn care maintenance section. If you have fertilised and you think your lawn still has a deficiency please give us a call and we can discuss your particular needs. Usually it will be Iron or possibly a Magnesium or Zinc deficiency.

How much do I need to water my new turf?

Your prepared soil ready for the turf to lay should have a full profile of water, meaning the first 20-30cm needs to be damp. For the first three to four weeks you need to keep the soil damp and don’t allow your turf to dry out. You can check by lifting a flap and feeling the soil. It is weather and season dependant on how much and often you need to water. Little and often for the first few weeks is necessary.

Will my lawn lose colour in winter?

All warm season grasses will lose some colour over the winter period after being hit by a few heavy frosts. In our cold winter climate warm season grasses do not have much active growth. SIR WALTER has been proved to be a good performer compared to the rest for good winter colour. A good fertiliser program in April will help retain best winter colour.

How long do I have to stay off of my new lawn?

In the warm season we recommend to keep foot traffic to a minimum until fully established. You can check this by trying to lift a flap of turf up. If it is hard to pull up the roots are taking hold and it is established. If it pulls up easily, it is not established. If you lay the turf in late autumn and winter we recommend you stay off the turf until spring.