Turf is measured in square metres. Measuring how much turf that you need is a relatively easy process, but it can get complicated if your block is an unusual shape. Below, we’ve listed some examples of calculations for different shaped blocks:
Square/Rectangular Block – Length (L) x Width (W) = Area in m2.
Measure the length (L) and width (W) and multiply them together to determine the square meterage.
Circle – 3.14 x (Radius x Radius) = Area in m2.
For e.g. if the radius equals 3m, the equation will be 3.14 x (3 x 3) = 28.26m2.
Oval – 3.14 x (Radius 1 x Radius 2) = Area in m2.
For e.g. If ‘Radius 1’ is 4 metres and ‘Radius 2’ is 3 metres, the equation will be 3.14 x (4 x 3) = 37.68m2.
Triangle – (0.5 x Base) x Height = Area in m2.
For example: If the height is 5 metres and the base is 10 metres, the equation will be (0.5 x 10) x 5 = 25m2.
Follow these steps carefully, and you’ll ensure you have just the right amount of turf for your next installation. However, if you are struggling to measure your block accurately and need assistance, the team at Andrew’s Turf Supplies are always more than happy to help. They have vast experience in measuring the quantity of turf required in a range of different projects, and they can ensure you order the right amount every time. Contact our team via our online contact form and we’ll get back to you promptly.
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Our experienced team can save you the hassle of laying your new lawn for an additional cost of $2 per square metre, if the soil has already been prepared. If you also require land preparation, then please contact us for a quotation.
We recommend that you lay your new turf as soon as it is delivered, particularly in the warmer months. Your new turf needs to be in contact with the topsoil in order to access the moisture and nutrients it needs to survive.
Turf is best laid in the warmer months in Spring, Summer and Early Autumn, however, turf can also be laid in Winter. In fact, laying your turf in the cooler months even has some benefits, as it requires less water and mowing.
If your lawn is laid in the warmer months, it will grow faster, but it will require more water. Lawns laid in the cooler months require much less water and will take longer to grow.
The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning or late afternoon/early evening. At these times, there is less wind and the cooler temperatures result in less water evaporation. However, if you are situated in a humid area, then it is best to water early in the morning, as watering later in the day can cause your lawn to develop unwanted diseases. But do remember, the volume of water and frequecy of watering that is required does slightly different between different variations of grass.
Immediately after laying your new turf, give your new lawn 25mm of water. In order to see how long you need to water for, place a container on the grass that is marked at 25mm. When the water reaches the 25mm mark, you can stop watering and will know how long it takes to reach that point. The water should soak through, leaving the soil moist. Then water your new lawn daily until you are no longer able to lift up the grass. At this point, reduce the number of times you water to once or twice a week. However, you only need to irrigate if there isn’t enough rainfall and you should also take water restrictions into consideration.
It is best to not walk on your new lawn until the grass is firmly rooted within the soil. If the grass is firmly rooted, you shouldn’t be able to lift up the grass.
It is good practice to fertilise the soil before you lay your new lawn. Once you have laid the new turf, fertilise again two weeks later. Following on from this, fertilising every eight weeks for the first twelve months will help your new lawn to establish itself well. For lawns that are well established, applying fertiliser in early Spring, early Summer and mid Autumn will greatly improve the health of your lawn.
When purchasing turf with your pet in mind, we recommend Palmetto Buffalo. Palmetto is a hard-wearing soft leaf buffalo that is great for high traffic areas. It is also a low allergenic grass that requires minimal maintenance.
To assist you in correctly laying your turf so that it flourishes well into the future, read through our helpful hints on how to prepare soil, lay turf and maintain your new lawn.