Lawn Establishment & Maintenance

By November 16, 2013Post Landscape Care Advice

Establishment – The first 4 weeks

During the first 4 weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use on your new lawn. This will give the root system an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil and will ensure the lawn remains level. During root establishment (first 4 weeks) ensure your newly laid lawn remains moist at all times, and in Summer water frequently throughout the day. After 4 weeks mow your new lawn for the first time.

 

Feeding –Apply Lawn Food 6 weeks after laying. Apply to a dry leaf at the manufacturers recommended rate and water in well. We recommend you fertilise your lawn every 8 weeks to maintain a healthy, rich green lawn.

 

****It is important that the turf be watered in soon after laying to prevent the turf from drying out. The watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50 mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days. See below for watering typical water requirements.****

Watering during establishment – It is important that the turf be watered in soon after laying to prevent the turf from drying out. The watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50 mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days. See chart for watering typical water requirements.

Lawn Mowing – First lawn mow should be at 4 weeks during warmer seasons and 6 weeks during cooler months. No more than 1/3 of leaf height to be cut off in any one mow.

Maintenance

Watering – Water only when your lawn needs it. How often you water your lawn will depend on the weather, the type of instant lawn and the soil you have. The grass should be allowed to partly dry out between waterings. This lets in air to the root system, stimulates deeper root formation and creates a healthy more drought resistant lawn. Winter watering is generally not necessary unless it is an abnormally dry season. During warmer months a good deep watering once to twice a week should be sufficient once established.

Root initiation and development – typically the first week Soil root system establishment – typically the second week Third and fourth week NOTE:
The turf may require watering three times per day for the first week, depending on the temperature, relative humidity and wind. Water every second day, every day if hot and dry, to keep turf moist. Less frequent watering, reduce frequency to twice a week by the fourth week, unless hot and dry days in between. Over-watering can be a problem. To encourage knitting of the turf sod to the soil, a moist environment is required, not a saturated one.

Fertilising –Fertilise regularly all year to ensure a healthy lawn. A healthy lawn will deter weeds and better survive drought periods. Apply a complete lawn food. We do not recommend weed and feed products. Your turf should be fertilised throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn. Spread fertiliser evenly and water in well. Heavy concentrations or applying fertiliser to wet lawns will burn. Apply in two directions to ensure an even spread.

Mowing – Mow your new lawn at the recommended mowing height (See Below), allowing it to retain moisture and nutrients. Mow when the lawn is dry and ensure your mower blades are sharp. Never cut more than 1/3 off the leaf when mowing. Low mowing will damage your lawn and can allow weeds to invade your lawn.

Varieties Mowing
Height
Oct-Mar
Mowing
Height
Apr-May
Mowing
frequency
Oct-Mar
Mowing
frequency
April-May
Couch 25mm 35mm Every 5-7 days Monthly
Kikuyu 50mm 70mm Every 5-7 days Monthly
Soft Leaf Buffalo 50mm 70mm Every 5-7 days Monthly
Tall Fescue 40mm 500mm Every 5-7 days Monthly

In shady areas mow to the highest recommended height and keep mower blades sharp to avoid tethering leaf blades that can encourage pest and disease.
Severely reducing height in one cut should be avoided and will damage your lawn(no more than 1/3 of leaf height to be cut off in any one cut).

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