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.
There are a few common causes of lawn stress, including:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Avoid walking on your new turf for six weeks after laying to allow it to take root and bed in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.