If you've recently had new turf installed, you may be guilty of thinking that the job is finished and you can relax now. However, this isn't the case! Your lawn needs to be nurtured and looked after in order to remain healthy and grow in to the yard you want. The first two or three weeks are the most critical, as this is where problems can commonly arise and are easier to fix. To stay on the right track, consider the following five rules of proper turf management.
Don't Tread On Your Lawn
Make sure you don't tread on the turf without placing boards on the surface or you run the risk of ruining your new lawn. You should work from boards or planks at all times, which will distribute your weight evenly over the surface of the yard without creating depressions. You will need two lines of boards: one to lay the turf from and the one to gain access to the board closest to the turfing line.
These boards aren't just for foot traffic; you should also use them for wheel barrows and any other equipment you are using. If you have pets, they probably won't understand what the planks are for, so it's best to keep them out of the yard altogether.
Keep Your Turf Moist
In order to allow plant growth, make sure you keep the top soil and underlying layers moist. You should keep an eye on this throughout the turf's life in order to allow plants to survive and grow new roots.
To enable you to water your lawn sufficiently, you will need the appropriate equipment. When watering, you should always use a hosepipe with an oscillating sprinkler attached. The oscillating sprinkler isn't critical; however, it will make the job much easier and will apply the water more evenly across the surface.
Make sure you don't waterlog your turf as this can cause problems with the roots. You should focus on watering the edges also; if it rains, the edges that are situated under shrub overhang may not receive much water so you should focus on treating these by hand.
Practice Good Mowing Techniques
It may seem like common sense, but mowing your lawn is actually somewhat of an art form. Remember the old saying 'little and often' when working on your yard. Mowing actually encourages the grass leaves to grow, meaning your yard will have a much denser concentration of grass than if you left it untouched. The frequency of mowing required depends on a number of factors; however, a good rule of thumb to adopt is to take action whenever the grass becomes 1/3 longer than the recommended value for that type of grass.
Remember to Fertilize
Fertilizing your turf will encourage the grass to grow whilst keeping weeds and moss at bay. If you maintain a good mowing schedule, you will actually be removing nutrients from the ground every time you cut your grass. Therefore, you should make sure to give your turf a fighting chance by supplying it with a healthy amount of fertilizer every so often. Typically, this should be applied four weeks after laying your turf and every couple of months thereafter.
Watch Out For Lawn Disease
Even if you practice perfect turf management, your yard will experience problems at some point. You must keep an eye out for this in order to avoid carrying out extensive renovations. One of the tell-tale signs to look out for is white or grey mycelium spreading across the lawn. This can be identified by a layer of thin, whispy material similar to cotton-wool growing on the surface. By watching out for this development, you will be able to take remedial action before the problem spirals out of control.Share