Lawn care straight after the installation of a new lawn (or even just a few rolls of new turf) is crucial to ensuring that your lawn will thrive. The root system of your new turf can be affected during the removal from the turf farm and transportation so the maintenance routine that follows is essential to its very survival.
Watering is a vital part of all new lawns. Aim for frequent and deep watering that will stop the lawn from drying out and will keep the soil soft enough for new root penetration. Never allow the new turf to dry out. Watering for about 10 mins, 4-5 times a day might be needed for the first week after installation so make sure you have the time available to do it. Watering can then be reduced in week two to daily (once every two days if the weather is particularly mild) and then two deep waterings per week by the one month mark.
Monitor your new lawn for dehydration (the blades curling or yellowing) and adjust watering accordingly. This is particularly important during high stress times such as heatwaves.
Mowing should not be completed until the lawn is established. You can check this by gently trying to pull up a corner of the new turf, if it rises easily then it is not properly knitted or established; give it more time. Try again next week. The first few mows should be high and not remove too much of the leaf. Regular but on the high side mowing over the next 2-3 months will get your new lawn to the optimal height.
Fertilising during the first two months of having your new lawn installed, it is usually not necessary. Most turf farms will fertilise in the weeks prior to harvesting or before delivery; just ask your turf provider for more information.
For more information on how to take the best care of your new lawn just contact the team at Daleys Turf.