Tips on looking after your new lawn
We cannot stress this point enough: Keep the turf well watered until established. Try to water in a way that imitates a slow, soaking rain, by using a sprinkler. Check that the water is reaching the roots by lifting a corner of the turf to see if the water has gone through. Do not stand on the turf until it is established. The best time to water the turf is in the early morning or evening.
It is advisable not to cut your new lawn until the turf has properly rooted. This can be checked easily by lifting a corner to see if the roots are attached to the soil below. In spring and summer this can be as fast as 14 to 20 days after laying.
For the first few mowing’s, set the lawnmower to its highest setting, removing no more than one third of the length of the grass blade. When the lawn is fully established, the height of cut can be reduced gradually to an optimum height of between 15-35mm.
These guidelines have been written using knowledge from our turfing team together with information from our turfing supplier. Please remember that every year is different in terms of weather so it may be necessary to do some tasks earlier or later than planned.
When frosty or wet keep off the grass. Keep the lawn clear of debris or leaves. The first cut should only take the top of the blade off. Repair lawn edges with an edging iron. Keep a look out for any diseases. If moss is a problem you can use lawn sand. (Always read the instructions)
Use a slow release lawn feed and if warm weather apply a lawn weed killer to the lawn. When cutting the grass don’t cut lower than 1 ½ “ Repair bald patches by finely raking, adding some top soil and re-turfing or seeding.
Cut at least once a week in May but not lower than 1” for rye grass or ¾ “ for fine lawns. Water during any dry spells and control weeds with a selective weed killer. (If you want to use pesticides)
We know that not everyone has the time to, but ideally the grass should be cut twice a week – during long, dry spells raise the height of the cut. August is the last effective month for weed control. Aerate the lawn by passing a fork into the turf.
September – October
Raise the height of the mower by ¼ “ and only mow when needed. Keep the lawn clear of any debris or leaves. You can also turf any areas that have been damaged. It is during this time that you can scarify the lawn, spike and top dress it. (For clarification on these terms you can ask a local gardening centre or instruct a professional gardener to do this work) Slow release lawn feed can be applied (read the instructions carefully)
November – December
November will most probably be the time that your lawn has its final cut before the winter (weather permitting). Keep the lawn clear of debris and in frosty and wet weather keep off the lawn altogether.
We hope that you enjoy your new lawn
The Ayegardening Team