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Installing Roll on Lawn in Perth

Installing Roll on Lawn in Perth
August 22, 2016 Luke Porter

OUR LAWN INSTALLATION METHOD

There’s a right and wrong way for almost everything, and installing roll on lawn is no exception. Ever wonder why so many of the new lawns you see around Perth look dry and brown? Most of the time the issue all comes down to how the lawn was installed. Very often we see people having to reinstall a lawn completely because the “old” lawn has died off in a matter of months since installation.

At Luke’s Landscaping and Irrigation Services here’s how we go about installing a new lawn.

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The Location

All lawns require direct sunlight to grow, it’s important to choose a location that receives at least 3 to 7 hours of direct sunlight per day – depending on what type of lawn you choose. If your location doesn’t receive that much sunlight all year round, we don’t recommend installing lawn there.

Whenever possible we try to keep the location away from directly contacting walls/fences as this makes maintenance significantly easier. We achieve this by installing a border of paving, stones or a garden bed.

The Sir Walter buffalo lawn is bordered by garden or paving. Easy to maintain and also gives the area a stylish, professional look.

The Foundation

This is the number one mistake we see when it comes to installing a new lawn in Perth. Too often contractors and DIYers alike just throw down some fertiliser onto the sand and proceed to lay the lawn.

What you may not know, is that most lawn suppliers recommend at least 100mm-300mm of good quality top soil, to be installed under a new lawn. If that’s not possible on your budget, we at least mix through some soil improver that contains nutrients to give your lawn a much better chance than just straight sand.

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The Foundation

This is the number one mistake we see when it comes to installing a new lawn. Too often contractors and DIYers alike just throw down some fertiliser onto the sand and proceed to lay the lawn.

What you may not know, is that most lawn suppliers recommend at least 100mm-300mm of good quality top soil, to be installed under a new lawn. If that’s not possible on your budget, we at least mix through some soil improver that contains nutrients to give your lawn a much better chance than just straight sand.

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The Reticulation

Poor water coverage is another major mistake we come across in new (and old) lawns. If the sprinklers aren’t set out correctly, the lawn will quickly become brown and patchy, dying off completely in some areas.

When installing roll on lawn in Perth we set out the pop up sprinklers for ‘head-to-head’ coverage. This means each pop up sprinkler throws to the base of the next and vice versa. This ensures an even application of water, helping to prevent brown patches and overwatering.

Laying the Lawn

After making sure the area is smooth, level and between 20mm-40mm (depending on the type of lawn) below the surrounding surfaces (paving, driveway, curb etc.), it’s time to lay the lawn. So that the lawn meshes together well, we install it in a brick-like pattern. Although the lawn comes in rectangular slabs or rolls, it can be cut into any shape, ensuring a smooth and complete finished product.

The lawn is now fully laid, and we run a compactor over it to remove any air pockets and bed the roots firmly into the soil.

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Laying the Lawn

After making sure the area is smooth, level and between 20mm-40mm (depending on the type of lawn) below the surrounding surfaces (paving, driveway, curb etc.), it’s time to lay the lawn. So that the lawn meshes together well, we install it in a brick-like pattern. Although the lawn comes in rectangular slabs or rolls, it can be cut into any shape, ensuring a smooth and complete finished product.

The lawn is now fully laid, and we run a compactor over it to remove any air pockets and bed the roots firmly into the soil.

Finishing Touches

The reticulation is set to run daily in the morning, at noon and in the evening. This is because the new lawn needs to be kept wet constantly to help it establish. You must contact the Water Corporation for a permit to water outside of your usual schedule.

We then cut around all the sprinklers and install sprinkler surrounds (plastic or concrete) to mark and protect the pop ups.

In Conclusion

Installing roll on lawn in Perth is tricky – due to our hot, dry climate and watering restrictions. That is why it’s so important to do it right, the first time. At Luke’s Landscaping and Irrigation Services we’re passionate about providing our clients with beautiful gardens they will love. A lush, green lawn area is a space to entertain, to play, to look out and just enjoy.

If you’re interested in installing roll on lawn on any kind of Lawn Installation in Perth, contact us for a free site consultation and quote.

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  • Luke's work has produced a beautiful Spring garden! Our home is now surrounded by a beautiful, healthy and blossoming Spring garden! All the hard work earlier in the year by Luke and his dedicated team is now evident - from the luscious green growth, to the well watered lawns. With the emphasis on the use of enriched soil, suitable plants and planting locations, plus the updating of the reticulation system - our garden will flourish for many years to come! Thanks Luke and your Team! P & J Churchlands
    P. Mahoney
  • Oh wow, where do I start . . . Right from our first contact with Luke we had a good feeling about it. Luke was friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, and very enthusiastic to meet our needs. He provided us with some much needed direction for our gardening endeavours, was professional, and always available to answer our questions. Once we decided on a plan, he coordinated all of the services and items that were needed, and provided us with an exceptionally hard working, and skilled, landscaper in Derick. Luke visited the project on several occasions, to make sure we were happy with it’s progress, to make some minor tweaks here and there, or deliver something that was needed. Our landscape project was relatively small but we never felt like we didn’t matter. The project started on time, and finished on time, and the yard was left spick and span. It’s a vast improvement on what was there before it, and given it’s almost spring, it shouldn’t be long before our garden takes on it’s real shape. We could not be happier with the end result, the price, and the service that we received from Luke and Derick. If you are looking to have a landscaping job done, either big or small, I’d definitely recommend giving Luke a call.
    Rick and Clare
  • I used Luke’s Landscaping to provide an overhaul of my front lawn with the task to reduce the amount of lawn and increase the low maintenance area including a rock feature. Also, they were used to provide a major landscaping overhaul for my Daughter’s back garden including lawns, garden beds and low water usage reticulation. All work was carried out within the agreed time schedule. The staff are very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. The work completed with efficiency, and all aspects were well-coordinated. The materials used were of a good quality that enhances the finished product. My daughter and I are very pleased with results.
    Warwick
  • A huge thank you to the staff at Luke's Landscaping for the wonderful transformation of our front yard. It's gone from a sandpit to a gorgeous green oasis. The team worked so hard over the week to transform our gardens and we are very appreciative of the attention to detail and care they took.
    Christina and Darren
  • Our terrace house had a sad and seldom used rear courtyard which has absolutely no access other than via our living areas. This we thought would be a show-stopper but Luke’s landscaping had the expertise to take it on and swiftly provided us with a lovely design and costed implementation plan, which has simply transformed this area into a valuable extension of our living space. The construction work was carried out most diligently and despite having to transport removed debris, new limestone blocks and pavers, soil, mulch and many plants (including a very large tree) through our home, the professionalism of the whole process and the final cleanup left no sign of the major operation that had been undertaken, either internally or externally. Luke’s follow up on the project to address a couple of small issues has also been most helpful and certainly won’t hesitate in recommending Luke’s landscaping to others who have admired this transformed area! Thankyou.
    Catriona
  • Our front yard in Karrinyup was completely transformed in March 2015. In just one week, the team completed the job of removing what was there, replaced the topsoil, installed the reticulation and mulched with native plants. Four months on we are still so impressed with the job and delighted that we used Luke’s Landscaping. Highly recommended!

    Amanda

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Founder and Director | Having founded Luke’s Landscaping originally as a sole trader in 2008 with just a ute, a shovel and a whole lot of passion and determination, Luke’s Landscaping Co. is now a well-respected Perth landscaping company. Luke continues to work tirelessly to grow the company and his team to deliver excellence and the best experience for our customers. Luke’s passion lies in his commitment to growing the company, its people and the systems required to deliver the high standards that our customers deserve.