Lawn care in crazy British weather
A landscaper has created a beautiful garden for you, or perhaps you’ve done all the work yourself. Flowers are blooming, shrubs thriving, and at the heart of your piece of paradise is a green gem – freshly laid turf. But let’s face it – we don’t know what we’re going to get weather-wise. Scorching one week and pouring with rain the next, it can be tricky to help your new lawn reach its potential.
To water or not to water….
Turf can be laid at any time of year and the weather dictates the care it will need to bed in, so be mindful of what’s happening outside.
In hot, dry conditions you should water turf thoroughly within 30 minutes of it being laid. Then water twice a day, or as required, until the roots are established. This will typically be the case from March through to October.
From November to February, after initially watering the turf during the laying process, you should not need to water your lawn unless the weather is unusually dry. But check the turf regularly for signs of drying out. If you see gapping between strips of turf, curling or lifting, or any brown patches, you should water thoroughly and regularly.
Wind, heat and lack of rainfall will dry out the turf faster than normal, so more watering may be required.
New turf can be mowed as needed. This may be within a fortnight of laying given the right conditions. The rooting will still be light though, so mow slowly and keep the grass height reasonably high the first few times you mow it.
As always, only mow in dry weather. You’ll get a better cut and won’t be endlessly removing wet grass from your mower blades. And keep those mower blades sharp!
Once it’s established, we suggest mowing a couple of times a week through the summer months. However, if a drought hits your lawn you should mow less often as you can damage the turf.