New Turf, Turf Installation

Our Top Tips For Establishing a New Lawn

Getting new turf for your property is exciting. Beautiful new grass from Capalaba Turf Suppliers, adds a fresh, natural look to your home or business and presents a fantastic space for socialising, hanging out, and enjoying the value of the great outdoors.

Whether you have installed a new lawn in a shady area or placed one in a space that gets a lot of daily sun, there are several steps to helping your grass survive and thrive.  How can you best care for your new turf? Here are our top five tips.

Water consistently
As your lawn establishes itself in its new home, giving it enough water is essential. Not watering new turf is one of the fastest ways to cause your grass to die out. Once it does, your turf won’t readily grow back.

Protect your investment by watering your grass at least 1 to 2 times per day deeply within the first two weeks. Apply enough water to give your lawn a good soak for a minimum of five to ten minutes at a time. Your grass needs to keep its leaves moist in the beginning as the roots are not yet well established. Be sure to apply enough water evenly across all areas of your turf.

In the 3rd and 4th week of your lawn’s growth, water once deeply every other day. During the 5th and 6th week, water sufficiently once a week. After week seven, continue watering deeply once a week.

Stay off the grass (for a bit)
It can be tempting to want to allow your dog to scamper across the lawn and to let your kids run free across its alluring surface. While it may seem like a long time, it’s better to wait to do this. Your grass needs to establish its roots before anyone can step on it. This is because trekking across newly laid sod can cause the grass to move and push any water down, creating dips and hollows in its surface. It can take two to three weeks for roots to develop under your grass depending on the variety you choose to install and the local climate.

Apply topdressing
All this being said, regardless of how you treat it, inevitably some hollows will likely appear on your lawn over time. Apply top dressing about 6 to 8 weeks after your grass has been installed to promote new growth for a flat finish.

Wait until your first mow
Feeling scissor-happy? Hold back. It’s best to let your grass grow longer before its first cut. Just like walking on it, mowing your new lawn before it can become well established at the root level can cause the grass to buckle and move.

Let your turf sit for two to three weeks at first. When you do mow your lawn for the first time, never cut more than ⅓ of the leaf in a single pass of your mower.

Fertilise appropriately
Fertiliser can bring needed nutrients to your grass. If you have applied fertiliser to the soil beneath your sod before laying it, you can wait a while before applying it again on top. Generally speaking, however, a lawn kept in optimal condition is treated with slow-release fertiliser about 3 to 4 weeks after it has been installed. Following this establishment period, fertilise your lawn every two to three months, year-round.

As a Capalaba Turf Suppliers, we have a premium selection of real grass to choose from for a fantastic natural look. For new turf, Brisbane, turn to our trusted team. We bring high-quality new lawn cut fresh from the farm to your front door. For a small fee, we can even install it professionally for you.

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