Turf Management - Richgro Commercial

Richgro Landscape and Commercial supplies quality products for professional turf management to local councils, parks, schools, golf and sports venues.

Our company is on the list of preferred suppliers for WALGA (Western Australian Local Government Association).

Recommendations / Specifications of TURF GROWING:

To get a healthy lawn, your soil will ideally be made up of a balance of organic matter, sand, silt and clay. This is called loam soil. Loam soil holds moisture but also drains well when you water the lawn. It is able to retain nutrients and allow air flow, making it the most ideal soil for plants.

Preparing Your Turf Area:

  1.  Remove all weeds and debris from the site.
  2. Prepare the soil for your turf area. Once all lawn and weeds have been removed cultivate the soil to a depth of 100mm, making sure the mix of soil is ready for the turf to be laid.
  3. Level your soil for turf laying.
  4. Most Perth soils are very sandy. Getting the grass to grow successfully require proper soil maintenance. Most lawn failures are often caused by poor soil conditions under the roots. The best soil texture for growing grass is a sandy loam – or to make it simple, a mix containing sand and organics of an 80/20 mix.
  5. Turf ideally needs around 100mm of top soil to root in. This may be slightly less if the existing soil is of a good quality.

With the correct preparation, the turf will start to have shallow roots in about two weeks. The key to getting these shallow roots to start is watering your new grass after the turf is laid. The first week after laying, should be watered daily to keep the roots growing.

Some Key Considerations Before Laying Turf:

Drainage – this allows the water to be “free draining”, but with enough organic matter to be able to hold onto sufficient amounts to encourage turf growth.

Wetting agents – especially in a lot of our sandy soils, the addition of wetting agents, more so in granular form, allows the penetration and holding of water into the soil profile. This allows the roots of the turf to be able to draw from.

Organics – having even only a small percentage of organics allows the soil to retain moisture, nutrients and encourage initial root growth.

Biology stimulation – the quicker the biology happens in the soil, the healthier the turf will be.

Water – very important for early establishment. The healthier the soil, the less water will be needed in the longer term.

Nutrients – making sure the correct nutrients are applied for early establishment. If the pH and all nutrients are available before the turf is laid, then instant root growth will start and top growth will follow.

Lawn Blend:

A good Lawn Blend is a key component of successful turf establishment. We provide lawn blends which are mixes of finely composted organic matter and natural washed sand as an ideal base for all lawns. It can be used  as both an underlay and topdressing soil for all types of turf.

How Much Do I need?

To calculate the volume of material required, first work out the area in square metres, and then multiply by the depth to get the cubic metres. Typically you might need 100mm or 150mm of turf underlay (0.1 or 0.15 metres).

Example 1 – You have a rectangle measuring 10m x 6m and need to add 100mm of turf underlay soil. The working out for this would be 10 x 6 x 0.1 = 6 cubic metres of soil mix.

Why use a lawn blend?

  • Boosts lawn growth, assists root development whilst strengthening root structure
  • The organic compost component improves pest and disease resistance including sting nematodes
  • Improves water retention and effectiveness of fertilisers
  • Improves recovery of turf following heavy sporting activities
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