There’s nothing quite like newly laid, fresh, green turf. If you’ve recently laid a new lawn you may be wondering when to cut the new turf, so read on for useful tips and advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.

To mow or not to mow?

Mowing newly laid grass is really beneficial to the growth and overall health of your new lawn. By cutting the grass you’ll help to stimulate strong growth, the grass blades will thicken up, and your lawn will get lusher and greener. 

So you’ve laid new turf and have been diligently watering it every day during dry periods – and it’s growing fast. After all the rain we’ve been having your new lawn may be getting a little unruly and you may even be tempted to get the mower out to tidy it up a bit; well, stop right there! It’s really important not to mow the grass until the turf has established. So what exactly does that mean?

Water + new turf = better chance of establishment

When your turf is delivered to you it arrives in turf rolls – grass firmly rooted into a thick bed of soil. When you lay a new lawn the roots in this soil must firmly attach (or establish) into the ground below. That’s why it’s a great idea to thoroughly water the ground the day before you lay your new turf; the roots of the new turf need water to establish and so will reach down into the soil below to find that water. This is why watering turf really well after it’s been laid is so important too – a sprinkling just isn’t enough for the water to soak down into the ground below the new turf.

How to find out if your turf has established

To check if your new turf has established all you need to do is gently pull up on the turf; if the turf has established you will feel some resistance as the roots have embedded themselves into the soil below. On the other hand, if the turf hasn’t established it will pull away easily; in this case simply place it back down, thoroughly water the turf and leave for a few more days before checking again.

Tip! When you do get the mower out only cut off the top third of the growth at any one time, adjusting the height of your mower to compensate for this.

For more information on laying turf, please download our turf laying guide.