Although Celtic Turf does not take responsibility for the maintenance of your turf as it is a living product, we would like to offer advice on this subject. The aftercare process of turfing is as important as the high quality turf product itself, and here at Celtic Turf we would like to offer some advice to help our customers to have the best lawns possible. There are many dos and don’ts for freshly laid turf, and we would like to show you them for reference.
The Do’s & Dont’s Of Aftercare
Unless there is heavy rain actually falling immediately after laying you should NEVER leave newly laid turf unwatered. Immediately after laying, turf needs water and plenty of it for at least 10 days.
It is important to give all of the roots a really good soaking. Grass only takes in water through the turf into the underlying soil. Watering must be repeated until the turf has established – it is the single most important step needed to establish a healthy lawn. We will not replace turf due to insufficient watering which is something beyond our control.
By watering the turf enough to allow the water soak through to the roots. You can check this by lifting a corner to see if it is saturated fully.
Do not overwater your newly laid turf as this can lead to the following a damaged root system, fungus and disease damage, Insect/ Pest infestation. If you notice that your turf is sitting in puddles of water it is best to either move the water system to another section of the lawn or to turn of the water system.
After seven to ten days of laying turf in spring and summer, the grass should be well enough established to commence mowing. A good way to check is to turn back a corner of the turf. If it is well anchored by roots it is alright to start mowing. For the first cut, make sure that the mower is set at a height to just top the grass. A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than 25% of the total plant. This prevents stress to the plant and if not using a grass box, will reduce the quantity of unsightly and damaging clippings. For the best results mow at least twice weekly during the late spring, once a week during summer (if dry) and early autumn and approximately every ten days, mid to late autumn. Obviously this must be flexible to suit our varied weather conditions. Make sure your mower is maintained and sharp; mowers can damage the grass if not properly maintained.
Mowing is the second most important act of lawn maintenance. You can start mowing at least 10 days after laying turf, providing it can be done without disturbing the rooting process. Most people leave the grass height at around 25mm (1”). Do not mow shorter than this. Doing so will cause significant problems.
The three main points about mowing are:
If you are unsure about the best ways for maintaining your turf after reading this information, have a look at our turf care leaflet or just give the office a call and we can suggest the best advice on maintaining your lawn.