Many popular gardening shows and websites often recommend spreading fertiliser before you lay turf.
Lachlan does not recommend this and here is why:
The information for most, if not all of those shows and websites are generated for lawns being done in southern states and certainly not north of Brisbane where our growing conditions are vastly different.
In Townsville, particularly in our summer months, your initial watering regime is not only critical to your turf’s establishment, but its very survival in those first few days.
When you are watering three to four times a day for ten to fourteen days, it is not difficult to imagine that any fertiliser spread on the turf underlay has long since leeched deep into the soil profile and out of reach of the turf’s roots by the time they recover from the shock of harvesting and start to grow again.
In those first two weeks, the turf is relying on the watering it is receiving over the top (onto its leaves from sprinklers) because it is not able to use its roots to draw moisture from the soil like a plant normally does.
Our preferred method is to spread fertiliser on top of the freshly laid turf to help spur it on, believing that it first must break down and then travel through the piece of turf into the soil.
One thing we would add though, is that if you are laying new turf at an existing home and your looking at your soil beforehand thinking that it could perhaps benefit from some extra umph, we would recommend spreading an organic booster, like Dynamic Lifter instead. Spread it evenly over the area, rake and water it in slightly.
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