If we have just laid some new turf for you, please find below a few care tips that should help you keep your new lawn healthy.
It’s important to bear in mind that the care needs of new turf will vary according to the time of year it’s laid and the weather where you live. If your lawn has been laid in the autumn (September/October time) you will have to do less in order to maintain it. By contrast, in the summer months, when the weather (in theory) should be warmer, the turf will need a lot more care, and in particular water. Do check If you are in an area with a hosepipe ban.
As soon as your new lawn has been laid be sure to water it well This is obviously a no-no if you’re in an area where there’s a hosepipe ban, this is why laying turf in the autumn can be a good idea. You should water the turf for a considerable amount of time, this first watering is one of the most important ones. The water should soak through to the ground below.
Water your new turf daily for the first two weeks or so If the weather is warm when your new turf is laid, be sure to water it either early in the morning, or later on in the evening, this prevents water from evaporating in the heat of the sun. You may need to water your turf daily for up to a month during a warm summer. If the temperature is under 10 degrees Celcius, like it is in the autumn, watering daily may not be necessary.
To know when you need to water your new turf check the underside of it, it should be moist all the time for about a month after it has been laid, after this point you can reduce the amount of watering.
Be careful not to over-water your turf as this can encourage lawn disease. Lift up a corner of the turf and check its underside –it should be moist and dark, but not sopping wet.
Do not walk on your new turf until its roots have knitted into the soil It can take a number of weeks for the roots to bed into the soil. You will know when the roots have rooted as you will not be able to lift up a corner of your new turf easily. If your new turf has been laid on a slope, it can take longer to root in, so stay off it a little longer –perhaps six weeks or so to be safe.
Wait 3-4 weeks before mowing your new turf When you mow your new lawn for the first time, be sure to set your mower to one of its highest cutting settings. When mowing in the Autumn and early Spring, it is best to use one of the highest cutting settings on your mower anyway. Always collect the cuttings as this avoids a build-up of thatch.
We suggest fertilising lawns in the Spring and Autumn.
Seed can dry out very quickly, so keep moist but not sodden as this could make it rot.
Protect newly sown areas with netting or install plenty of scarecrows. We always over-seed to account for the worst-case scenario of only 60-70% of seed germinating. Expect germination within 3-4 weeks during the growing season.
Hydrosseding’s unique pulp mulch compound will keep the seed moist and fertilised for 7 days, after which you should see germination (the mulch contains a growth accelerator). Watering should not be required, however, during unexpected hot spells, ensure the pulp remains damp. If necessary water with a fine mist, avoiding a heavy spray setting to avoid dislodging any areas of pulp.
TOP TIP: To help the grass stay strong, mow in different directions on alternate cuts.