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Watering your turf

Did you know: Turf is made up of about 70-80 per cent water?

Like us, your lawn needs water too. It is extremely important to water your new lawn as soon as it is laid so it can start to establish itself and get the essential nutrients to the roots. A well-nourished lawn promotes strong and healthy leaf growth, which is what makes it look and feel so good.

After installation:

  • It is crucial that you water your new turf immediately after it has been laid.
  • Completely soak the turf with approximately 25mm (1mm is equal to 1 Litre/m2) of water.
  • Check the water has seeped through the turf into the soil below within the first hour.
  • As a guide, put your finger in the ground and if it is wet don’t water, if it’s dry then water. Most importantly though, the aim is to keep the leaf moist. Eg, regular and small watering for establishment.

Week 1: Water twice daily. Three times in hot weather.
Week 2: Water once daily.
Week 3: Water every second or third day.

  • After this, make sure your new lawn has adequate moisture, especially in hot, dry or windy conditions. Reflected heat from buildings can dry turf out quickly too, so water these areas more regularly.
  • Watch for any dry patches, especially gaps appearing between the joins, and water immediately.

Once established:

Water accordingly. Look for signs of:

  • Lots of seed head
  • Grey look to the grass
  • Rolled leaf
  • Burnt or dry leaf tips

When watering established turf, unlike establishment applications, water deeply and less often. This will promote better root growth.

FAQs about watering

When do I need water my lawn?
The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning or during the late afternoon when evaporation from the sun is at a minimum. Try not to water too late at night as moisture related diseases can build up and harm your lawn. SUGGESTIONS:

  • Water your lawn when it needs it. Like your plants around your house, your lawn will also require watering. A change in the lawn’s colour or its texture is a good indication that it’s thirsty.
  • Allow your lawn to dry out between waters. This will allow necessary oxygen a chance to reach the roots of the turf, promoting a healthier and more drought-resistant lawn.
How do I cope if water restrictions are increased?
Consult your local council guidelines. Normally you are given 14 days to establish freely. The best way to cope with water restrictions is to make sure your new lawn is laid on a surface that provides maximum water retention for root zones. If you have an established lawn, we recommend you use a quality wetting agent to aid in your turf’s growth. This is not a substitute for the real thing, but will complement your watering program and keep your lawn looking lush and healthy.
Enquire with our friendly team for a sharp price on your turf today