Handy tips on looking after new turf.Looking after new turf Paynes Turf

After investing in a new lawn, ensure it establishes quickly and grows healthily by following our advice on looking after new turf. Good turf care is vital to its well-being, and will determine how well and how green your grass grows!

Water your lawn

The most important task for a new lawn is to water it well. The general rule is to water your new turf within half an hour of laying, however if you lay your turf during the hot summer months, you may have to begin watering even before you have finished laying the turf, to prevent it from drying out. Check the water has penetrated right through the turf to the soil below by lifting a corner of the turf. Continue watering every day, either early in the morning or late in the evening for at least 2 weeks until the turf has established.

Mow your lawn

Mowing your lawn regularly will encourage new growth and shoots, which will produce a thick green sward. Weeds will be minimised due to the dense grass root system, and you will be left with a beautiful looking lawn.  Check the turf is ready for mowing by lifting the turf; if it lifts easily, replace it and wait a little longer for the roots to establish before mowing. If there is resistance when you lift the turf, it is ready for mowing.

Before you begin, check that your mower’s blades are sharp; blunt blades can damage the turf and can even lead to disease and weeds. Don’t cut more than the top third off the grass height, and mow in different directions across the lawn. Mowing the grass should be the only time you walk on your new lawn in the first few weeks of laying.