Caring for newly laid turf
Newly laid turf requires care and attention in order to grow strong and flourish. Find out how to care for newly laid turf with tips and advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Watering newly laid turf
From March to October:
As soon as new turf has been laid, it will require a thorough soaking with a hosepipe or sprinkler. Make sure the water has reached the roots of the turf – simply lift a corner of the turf to see if the water has seeped into the ground below, and then place the turf back down. Continue to water the new turf twice a day, or as required, until the roots have firmly established. To check if the roots have established, gently try to pull the turf away from the ground: if the roots have established there will be resistance, making this difficult. If the turf lifts away easily, continue to water the new turf and try this test again a few days later.
From November to February:
Conditions at this time of year are usually wet and cool so watering the newly laid turf may not be necessary; unless the weather is unusually dry, you should not need to water the new turf.
Mow the lawn
Once the new turf has established, mow the grass. This will encourage new growth and the development of new shoots, resulting in a thick, green sward. One of the advantages of a thick sward is not just greener, lusher grass, but also less weeds in the lawn; this is thanks to the dense root system which doesn’t allow space for weeds to grow – just one of the reasons why it’s so important to mow newly laid turf once it has established.
Points to remember:
- Turf is a living, breathing thing and will die without proper care and attention, so check the turf regularly for signs of drying out, gaps, curling or lifting; if any of these problems occur, water immediately and thoroughly, as and when necessary
- Water twice a day in hot, dry weather
- Always water the new turf if it’s windy, hot and dry, as the turf will dry out much faster than usual
- Don’t mow the lawn before the turf has established
- Never mow more than a third off the top of the grass at any one time