How to look after new turf

A newly laid lawn will require looking after to keep it looking as fresh and green as the day the turf rolls were delivered. Find out how to look after new turf with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

How to look after new turf

A newly laid lawn will require looking after to keep it looking as fresh and green as the day the turf rolls were delivered. Find out how to look after new turf with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

Water the lawn thoroughly

One of the most important tasks to keep your lawn looking fresh and green is to water the lawn after laying the turf. During the hot summer months, we recommend that the lawn be watered immediately after laying, although if the weather is very hot and dry you may also need to water it during the laying process, to prevent the turf from drying out. At other times of the year, water the lawn within half an hour of laying the turf.

You will need to continue to water your new lawn every day, except perhaps during the wet winter months. Try to water the lawn early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid loosing water from condensation. Water thoroughly; make sure the water has seeped right through to the soil below. You can check this by lifting a corner of the turf and seeing if the soil below is moist.

Continue to water the lawn every day for around two weeks, or until the turf has established. It’s easy to check whether or not the turf is established; simply try to pull the turf away from the soil and if there is resistance, then the turf is established. If the turf pulls away from the ground easily, replace the turf and continue to water for a few more days.

Mow the lawn

Mowing a newly laid lawn will encourage new growth and the development of new shoots, which will produce a thick, green sward. A thicker lawn ultimately means fewer weeds, thanks to the dense root system. This is why it’s so important to water and mow the lawn as part of your lawn care maintenance programme. Wait until the turf is established before attempting to mow the lawn.

Check your mower to make sure the blades are sharp, as blunt blades could damage the turf, and may even encourage disease and the growth of weeds. Always remember to follow the rule of mowing – never cut more than the top third off the grass blades at any one time. In addition, mow in different directions each time you cut the grass.