With an endless amount of important pieces of information to remember when laying your turf, it’s easy to forget that the aftercare will be the time in which the settling of your new lawn will really make or break your garden.
The turf laying process is a both long and complex task. With topsoil, ground conditions and seeding to consider, by the time you’ve completed laying your lawn, the majority of everyday gardeners will prefer to leave nature to take its course, however this can cause lawn failure, making it a very expensive problem, all because of some simple garden neglect.
Avoid Fertilisers, Use Water
Possibly the most important step of the entire turf laying process is watering it once you have got it down. This is to ensure it’s firmly rooted and also allows for a much healthier, happier lawn in the future. In most cases, it’s best to ensure your lawn and soil has an adequate amount of water in both the morning and the evening. This will usually need to be carried out for at least a week, regardless of the weather conditions.
Once your lawn is well-established and settled, it will still require watering in particularly dry conditions to ensure it’s kept in a healthy state. It’s really important, especially in the garden to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This means avoiding smothering your new lawn in fertilisers and chemicals which could actually be detrimental to your garden.
Prepare To Mow
Instead of dousing your lawn in chemicals to keep it healthy, regular mowing as soon as three days after laying your lawn helps your turf maintain the nutrients it needs to develop. As long as you don’t let your grass get out of control, leave the clipping laid on the lawn as this will allow the nutrients seep back into the ground to feed your lawn.
Keep It Natural
Your lawn will benefit from natural ingredients instead of artificial and potentially harmful ones. Sunlight, water and natural nutrients will feed and it and allow it to establish a healthy standard. When the need does come to fertilise your lawn, opt for natural solutions instead of chemical options. Organic and natural products are also available to ensure your lawn stays in peak condition for as long as possible.
This article was written by Sarah MacLeod on behalf of Rolawn Direct, the UK’s leading provider of turf and topsoil for healthy, happy gardens.