Picking the right pre-rolled lawn turf is only the first step to achieving a luscious garden you can be proud of. You can spend hours and hours selecting a top product, but without the right aftercare you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
The key is in remaining consistent. Your lawn needs attention on a weekly, if not daily basis – ensure it’s kept just as you would like it by following these tips.
Watering Your Lawn Turf
The main thing you should think about is keeping your lawn turf moist, especially if it’s brand new. Do your best to make sure it doesn’t dry out, or you’re setting yourself up for failure right from the get go!
For the first week, water your lawn turf 2-3 times per day. You can use automatic sprinklers to make the process a little easier, and there are absolutely loads of different systems that work well and automate the process. Set your system to work for half an hour to 45 minutes per watering session. If you notice your lawn going brown, increase the amount of times you water the garden.
It’s important to cover absolutely all areas of your turf, paying specific attention to the corners and outer edges. These areas are particularly vulnerable to being missed by many sprinkler systems, so it’s key to ensure that you distribute the water evenly.
Once the week is up, once per day should be enough for the rest of the month. You can even reduce the sprinklers to work for just 15 minutes daily. Depending on the dryness of your climate, you can reduce watering to just a couple of times per week.
If you’re laying your lawn turf you should really start watering within half an hour after it has been laid over your topsoil. Apply at least 2 – 3cm of water so the soil beneath the turf is very wet.
Some soils may result in ‘runoff’, especially in sloped areas of your lawn. If you notice ‘runoff’ occurring turn off the water and restart within 30 minutes to an hour. Hopefully this will ensure adequate soaking-in taking your lawn one step closer to a lawn you can be proud of.
Tips for Mowing your Garden Lawn
If you’ve just installed your new lawn, you don’t need to start heavy mowing straightaway. A light trim is enough after a fortnight of leaving nature to do its work. After that, you should look at mowing every 7-14 days if possible.
Depending on your lawn, adjust your lawnmower accordingly. For example, couch lawns should be trimmed to around 15 to 25mm, while buffalo lawns required 45 to 60mm to stay healthy.
If you’re not quite sure on the ideal length, check with a professional or the shop you originally bought your lawn turf from. They will tell you exactly what you should be doing.
Fertilising Your Lawn Turf
Keeping those lovely juicy nutrients reaching your lawn turf is one of the best ways to keep your garden in tiptop condition. Apply these on a regular basis – every 6 to 8 weeks is preferable.
Remember to get your hands on a quality product, not cheap chemical fertilisers. These may save you a couple of pounds, but in the long run will simply damage your garden by not giving it the nutrients it needs.
Finally, keep in mind that each fertiliser product uses its own compounds and mixtures, meaning they each need to be treated differently. Follow the instructions to the letter to get the best results.
Ask The Professionals
Don’t be afraid to turn to professional help, even if you have quite a good amount of experience in gardening. It’s important to get the framework of how you should take care of your lawn turf correct right from the get go – that way, you set yourself up for a healthy lawn that will stand the test of time.
It’s possible to employ a third-party for a consultation, where they will give you the required information to do everything yourself once he or she has left. That way, you don’t have to pay for a professional to do your garden, but you can deliver a similar level of care yourself.
Article written by Bury Hill Landscape Supplies Ltd.
Bury Hill Landscape Supplies Ltd. provides a wide range of landscape gardening products to all areas of the UK, including premium grade topsoils, lawn turfs, seasoned firewood logs, organic composts and soil conditioners.
Visit www.buryhilltopsoilandlogs.co.uk or call 01306 877540 for more information.