Justurfit Scarifying Planting Information

Expectation of a full cover is over a 90 day period.

Timing is essential and planting would need to be carried out early in the season as the optimum growing-in period is over the summer months.  From experience, with correct maintenance practices coupled with an adequate water supply and quality we have seen results of up to 100% cover in the first season.  The key to success is to have all requirements for turf establishment in place prior to and during the growth stages.

Planting Procedures

Fertilise and irrigate existing kikuyu nursery leading up to line planting.  A lush vigorous growth will provide excellent sprigs for scarify planting.

•    Scarify existing nursery to harvest sprigs for  planting.

Warm Season grasses.

•    Soil and water testing are a must and will be required well prior to  planting.  Amendments (if required) can then be allowed for so they can be incorporated during the process for optimum results.
•    The surface to be  planted must be level & moist and may require irrigation prior to planting.
•    Optional
•    Incorporate dynamic lifter at 2 tons per hectare to improve organic content and for root system establishment.  Also incorporate amendments per soil test results.
•    EG Lime or Gypsum
•    Scarifying plant: is a highly effective and low cost method of propagating warm season turf  For best results the irrigation system would need to be tested and operating at its full potential.  All sprinkler heads, valve boxes and other irrigation hardware that could be damaged by this procedure would need to be identified prior to commencement works.
•    Weed control:  Apply Ronstar  pre emergent herbicide following line planting to reduce weed invasion during establishment.
•    Fertiliser application:    Apply an initial application of NPK granular turf starter fertiliser at 300kg per hectare followed by one application of starter at 200 kg per hectare in 2 weeks.   Applications of fertiliser with an NPK, 29-0-10 or equivalent at 200 kg per hectare would then be applied every 10 days until desired cover has been achieved (approximately 8-10 applications).  Low salt index fertilisers will need to be used if salts are a concern.  At six weeks an application of dynamic lifter will be required at 2 tones per hectare.
•    Irrigation:  Following planting the profile MUST be kept moist to prevent sprigs from drying out.  Irrigation will be required until the desired cover has been achieved; this can be up to 14 weeks depending on the severity of the summer ahead.  We recommend that the surface be kept moist for a minimum of 21 days with the first 10 days being the most critical time. time. Scarifying must be keep moist for this period
•     Following this the start and run times would then depend on weather conditions and moisture levels would need to be monitored until turf has established.
•    Insecticide Applications:  Couch mite/fly attack the new growth tips of the plant and can severely reduce the establishment of warm season turf types.  An allowance for eight applications of a miticide for the control of couch mite/fly would be required during establishment.  In some cases further applications have been required depending on insect numbers.