A LAWN TO SHOW OFF WITH PRIDE

Once your new lawn is in place - whether grown from turf or seed - you will want it to stay looking great for many years to come.

We have created this aftercare guide covering all aspects of lawn care, from watering to fertiliser, to make sure your lawn gives you many years of enjoyment.

Caring for your new lawn: First steps

Caring for your new lawn starts even before the first seed is sown or roll of turf laid as the ground should be properly prepared, free of large stones and prepared with good quality, screened topsoil. This is also a good opportunity to ensure the correct drainage is in place - if you have soil which is particularly compacted or clay-based it might be worth having something like a herringbone system installed to allow excess water to soak away.

After laying your turf, the first couple of weeks are all about watering - initially turf should be watered twice per day for the first week, once per day for the second week, and then as and when required, until the lawn is established. When using sprinklers, please be sure to move these around the garden to ensure that corners of the lawn etc are not missed. Obviously watering will depend upon weather conditions too.

Once your turf has rooted into the soil (you can check this by pulling up a corner of the turf ), you can now start mowing it, a good rule of thumb is never remove more than one third of the length of the turf at a time, don’t scalp your lawn, as this may damage your new turf.

Establishing a lawn from seed will obviously take longer and will depend greatly upon weather and soil conditions. However, watering is equally important and you may need to provide your new lawn with water for several weeks depending upon weather conditions, as heat and water are very important for seed germination.

You should also consider the time of year when you sow or lay your lawn, the temptation is often to do this in the Summer when the days are warm and long, however please bear in mind that lawns established at this time of year, may require much more watering.

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Ongoing care

How much love and attention you give your lawn will undoubtedly determine how lush and vibrant it looks year after year, however you don’t have to have a strict daily regime if you don’t want to - it is still possible to have a great looking lawn, by following some simple steps.

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1. Keep it hydrated

Watering your lawn will help to ensure a lovely green colour, a lack of water will eventually cause your lawn to lose it’s colour, turning more yellow/brown.

2. Mow regularly

Mowing will depend upon growth, but on average mowing every 1-2 weeks should be sufficient for a general purpose lawn, however if you are looking to have a more ornamental type lawn, more regular mowing (with a cylinder mower) would be required i.e 2-3 times per week.

3. Hunt the weeds

Weeds are airborne, so it is often difficult to eliminate them from your lawn, however using a good 3-in-1 fertiliser can help tackle this problem along with feeding your lawn.

4. Stick a fork in it

Over time, the ground can become compacted, which prevents grass growing well and can lead to bare patches in the summer and mud baths in the winter.

To open the ground up and aerate the soil push a garden fork about 10cm deep into the soil every 10cm and gently rock back and forth on the fork handle.

The prongs open up the soil, allowing the roots to breathe and encourages the grass to regrow.

On heavy ground, such as clay soils, brush sharp sand into the holes to improve drainage.

5. Go all the way to the edge

When we say edge your lawn we don’t mean snipping individual blades of grass with nail scissors, however keeping the edges neat is a nice finishing touch that also serves a purpose. Using a pair of long-handled shears to define the edge of your lawn, stops the grass growing into borders and instantly neatens your garden, creating a very satisfying finish. Where the lawn has grown into the border, use a spade or half-moon edger to reshape it and create a gap that the grass can’t cross.

6. Keep it fed

To keep your lawn looking good you need to feed it regularly. If you have a large lawn, invest in a wheeled lawn feeder for a fast and accurate job, however many feeds now come in applicator boxes - just be careful to spread evenly or else you risk the grass looking patchy. Apply fertiliser to grass when rain is forecast, so that it gets washed down to the roots and to stop it burning the grass. If it doesn’t rain, water the fertiliser in with a hose or watering can. Your grass should look greener within two weeks.

You should also consider the time of year when you sow or lay your lawn, the temptation is often to do this in the Summer when the days are warm and long, however please bear in mind that lawns established at this time of year, may require much more watering.

7. Give it a top up

Over time, patches will inevitably appear due to a number of reasons including pets, children and furniture, however this is easily fixed with a process called overseeding. After mowing the grass, rake the bare patches of the lawn to open up the soil, and overseed with grass seed and fertiliser. Water regularly as you would do with a new lawn. 

Next steps

Ready to purchase your new turf? Our general purpose turf can be purchased directly from our website, by calling or emailing our friendly team, or by visiting our farm near Inverurie.

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