Watering new turf
Watering new turf can be confusing: the time of year and the amount of rainfall will have an affect on how often, and how much, the lawn requires watering. Find out more about watering new turf with advice and tips from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
There’s no doubt that new turf requires water in order to survive, but how much quite often depends on the time of year that the turf has been laid:
March to October
In hot and dry conditions, water the new turf thoroughly as soon as it has been laid. Continue to water twice a day (if required) until the roots have established. In cool, wet conditions, you may not need to water the lawn as much – check the turf daily for signs of drying out and water as required.
November to February
Unless the weather is unusually dry, you should not need to water your lawn.
- Wind, heat and lack of rainfall will dry out the turf faster than normal, so more watering may be required.
- Water the ground before laying the turf if the soil is dry.
- Water the turf immediately after laying.
- Make sure the water has seeped through the turf and into the soil below. Check this by lifting up a corner of the turf.
- Don’t overwater the new turf as this could cause the onset of moss and grass diseases.
- If the turf requires watering, do it early in the morning or early in the evening so that the water doesn’t evaporate during the heat of the day.
- Water new turf for up to 28 days if required.
- Apply a soil conditioner to the ground before laying the turf to help the ground retain moisture.
- Check the turf regularly for signs of drying out, the formation of gaps, curling or lifting, and the appearance of brown patches.
- Water twice a day if the weather is hot and dry.