Caring for your new lawn

Whether you lay your turf yourself or use our turf laying services to do the job for you, you should be left with a neat and tidy, green and healthy lawn ... but how do you keep new turf looking healthy?

There are a few things you can do to help new turf survive and thrive, and they don’t have to be too time consuming. Here are some questions and our top tips for new turf care to keep in mind once your new lawn has been laid.

What are the most common things to cause damage to my new turf?

There are a few common causes of lawn stress, including:

  • Very dry or hot conditions
  • Excessive use and footfall
  • Use immediately after laying
  • Footfall on frosty or freezing days

Water well in dry weather, and try to do so in the evening when the sun will not simply evaporate the water away. Laying new turf in autumn is highly recommended as the conditions are more favourable for new growth.

Try not to use your garden too much for the first few weeks. You want the existing blades of grass to get plenty of sunlight and water to encourage new growth and root development, without exposing them to the stress of being crushed underfoot.

Although the conditions are different in winter, the same rule applies for similar reasons. Frozen and frosty grass is more prone to blade breakage underfoot, so avoid putting that pressure on your lawn. Luckily this is a time of year when you are less likely to spend significant time outside anyway and your lawn should cope well with frost.

Turf recovery and remedial action

If your new lawn loses its green colour after a particularly dry or hot spell, don’t panic – there is remedial action you can try.

Here are some of our top tips for turf recovery if a new lawn is starting to look a bit sickly:

  • Water it well. Check the soil is moist, both the turf and the soil below, to encourage the roots to grow and bed into their new home.
  • Spike it. Taking a fork to newly laid turf might seem scary but it can help get water into compacted soil underneath. Don’t dig the grass up, just spike directly down into the ground without turning it over.
  • Hold your nerve. Sunlight, moderate temperatures and enough water will quickly return most newly laid lawns to a healthy state. It might just be that your turf needs a bit of extra help in terms of watering, as its root structure is not yet well established.
  • Footfall on frosty or freezing days

Our turf is always freshly cut from the field when it is delivered, which gives you the best likelihood of your new lawn taking well in its new home. You can improve the odds even further by preparing the soil properly, laying the turf correctly as soon as possible after delivery and by taking care of it once it’s down.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

How often do you need to water newly laid turf?

Depending on the time of year and rainfall, turf will need to be watered twice a day either early in the morning or in the evening avoiding the sunniest/hottest times for the first three weeks after laying.

How do you care for newly laid turf?

The most important things you can do to newly laid turf are to keep it regularly watered, avoid walking on the turf for at least three weeks, and allow the turf to bed in for a few weeks before mowing.

How long should you stay off newly laid turf?

Avoid walking on your new turf for six weeks after laying to allow it to take root and bed in.

Can new turf be overwatered?

Yes. New turf needs regular watering, but too much can rot the grass blades. If the ground looks and feels soggy the turf could be over watered and needs to be left alone.

Should you water soil before laying turf?

Water the soil two days before new turf is laid. This will ensure it is ready to feed the new turf without drowning the root system.

Why is my new turf going brown?

If your new turf is going brown it’s likely it hasn’t been watered enough. Water new turf daily, cutting back to every other day in the third week.

Can you lay turf on top of grass?

This is not the best idea, turf needs contact with soil in order to take root. It’s best to remove existing grass before laying new turf.

Do you need topsoil when laying turf?

Topsoil is not always necessary, especially if you’ve removed old grass to put down new. But if your soil has been exposed to the elements for too long and is poor quality, investing in a top soil would be best in the long run.

If you’re not confident about how to lay a new turf lawn, our turf laying services can handle the soil preparation and/or laying the turf for you, so you only need to carry out a minimal amount of aftercare to ensure that your lawn is able to put down roots and grow some healthy new green grass using the moisture and fertiliser from its new environment. Just call us on 01477 532 594 to arrange laying your new lawn with us.