When you have a new lawn laid you need to give it alot of aftercare to help it bed in well and stay healthy. Below is some advice:
- Walk on the new lawn as little as possible for the first six weeks or so to allow the roots to bed down.
- Try to water twice a day (first thing in the morning and early evening). Do not water in the hot sun to avoid burning the grass. Water areas near buildings and paths more often where reflected heat dries out the turf faster. Keep turf roots damp until the turf has taken root and cannot be lifted (usually 3 to 4 weeks).Be aware that windy days will dry out the turf even more quickly!
- Don’t mow it until it’s rooted in well – test by gently tugging a corner to see if it’s stuck down. Set your mower to about 1 1/2″ high and make sure the blades are sharp. It is harmful to remove more than 1/3 the height of the grass at one cutting. This can produce a “scalped” appearance and stress the lawn.
- Fertilise about 6 weeks after being laid.
- Keep it well watered and fertilised throughout the first year.
- In the Autumn spike the grass to help aerate it. Then the following April treat it with lawn sand (apply it with a lawn spreader) to keep moss and weeds at bay.
- Turf is a living plant and requires as much T.L.C. as any other garden plant and more so in establishment!