If you’re a homeowner with a new grass lawn, you’ll need to maintain it to keep it in good condition. You may want to consider some simple yet effective tasks to carry out on your lawn turf, which will hopefully keep it in great condition. We’ve provided a few simple tips that we think you’ll be able to fit into your lawn maintenance regime.
Strip the Lawn Down Before Laying the New Turf
If the winter has been brutal and you now have a low percentage of actual grass on your lawn, then you’ll have gone out and purchased some new grass lawn turf. Prior to this you will have had to strip it down first. That is, remove the old surface and then start again. This is hard and not an easy task, but you don’t have to do it yourself, you can hire an expert to do it for you. You can also buy yourself a turf cutter or stripper from a good hardware store if you prefer.
Care For Your New Lawn
Now you will have lain down your new turf and you’ll need to care for it to keep it in tip top condition. The weather and time of year will determine what kind of care your new turf will need. If you lay it down in autumn, for instance, there’ll be less to do, but in the summer months, you’ll have to give it a lot of care and attention. This is because the weather is warm and your lawn will need watering. If you live somewhere where there’s likely to be a water ban, then you’ll need to lay your new turf after the ban.
Newly laid grass turf will need special care so we’re going to be going over some of the things you need to do to keep your grass lawn in excellent condition.
Your new turf will need watering regularly and as we’ve already seen, this can be difficult if you live somewhere where there’s’ a hose ban. Therefore it’s probably a better idea to lay your turf down in the autumn. The first time you water, make sure it’s generous, this first time is the most important one, the water should be sodden enough to soak through the turf.
From the first time it’s laid, make sure you water your turf daily for the first fortnight. Early morning and evening are the best times to water before the sun rises and after it’s gone down. In the autumn daily watering won’t be necessary after that first two weeks, however, if you’ve decided to lay your turf in summer, then daily watering is a must. Keep in mind that it’s important not to over water your lawn as this could result in lawn disease. Check underneath the turf, it shouldn’t be sopping wet but simply moist.
Wait until your turf has had time to settle before you mow it. Make sure the mower is set to a high cut setting, this should always be used if you’re mowing in autumn or spring.
It’s a good idea if you fertilise your lawn at least once or twice a year in autumn and spring. Yes, fertiliser and regular watering will help your grass to grow, but what else can you do?
if you have trees and bushes that throw shade on your grass then you may find that there’s an insufficient amount of sun to help your grass grow. A grass lawn will need at least 6 hours sunlight a day to be healthy, so too much shade then is bad news. In order to help your grass, prune trees and bushes regularly, thinning as you go by removing any lower branches. You’ll need to be reasonably familiar with pruning so learn something about it before you start, so if you’re a less experienced gardener, ask for advice first.
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If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today or could do with some advice and guidance on any other lawn turf related questions you may have, get in touch. One of our dedicated team members will be more than happy to help.