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How To Look After Your New Lawn

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How To Look After Your New Lawn

By Scott Shaw | May 2nd, 2017

Follow these simple rules and your new lawn will establish itself and look green and healthy within no time.

Watering

Water is the vital component for all new lawns. A heavy watering routine which is appropriate for the temperature at the time of year will ensure the lawn doesn’t dry out and will keep the ground soft for new root penetration.

Watering will always need to be adjusted according to the weather at the time of planting. In hot weather, a watering regime of 30 minutes, twice a day will be required for the first week. If the weather is milder, then watering once a day is all that is required.

If the lawn remains in good health, watering can be reduced in week 2. Once per day should be sufficient in hot weather, and once every two days for milder weather.

A watering regimen of two deep watering’s per week should be implemented by week 4.

Fertilising

Most turf is fertilised at the turf farm prior to delivery so there really is no need to fertilise new lawns for the first couple of months. If you want you can give a new lawn and initial ‘sprinkle’ of fertiliser to give it a good start. Organic fertiliser products such as processed manure or seaweed based fertilisers or tonics are best.

Mowing

The first lawn mowing should be undertaken after the new lawn has firmly rooted into the soil. To test this go to a corner edge of a turf roll and grab hold of a handful of the new lawn and pull it upwards. If the new lawn pulls upward, then leave mowing and test in another week. If the lawn stays fixed to the soil by its roots, it is time for the first mow.

A new lawn can have very large amounts of growth in the first few weeks if taken care of properly. Ensure not to remove too much leaf material in the first few mowing’s and never cut down to the roots (known as ‘scalping’). Cut high for the first few times, reducing to the target height after full establishment (usually within two to three months depending on climate and growth rates).

Top Dressing

On new lawns, top dressing is generally not required but can be done to fill in any gaps or holes. We recommend that you leave it for a few months as most of those issues will take care of themselves. Occasionally after a settling in period, some areas of a new lawn may need a slight correction to desired levels.

  1. Fertilise a few weeks prior to top dressing to ensure maximum growth at the time.
  2. Use a blend of river sand and a top dressing soil mix. Using a higher proportion of organic material for sandy soils is a good idea.
  3. Be sure to properly water the sand or soil during application to wash it into and between all the small spaces in the lawn.

Stress

The new lawn should be monitored for signs of stress. Any signs of dehydration of the leaves is a sign that the lawn is not getting enough water. Dehydration is noticed by drying out and yellowing of the leaf matter.  Should these signs occur, immediate lawn care and remedy is required by increasing watering frequency. Any delay at this early stage may quickly damage the new lawn.

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