How much water for my new lawn?

How much water for my new lawn?

31st Mar 2021 Watering

Initially water your new lawn every day for 2 weeks paying close attention to the joins as these areas will dry out quickly and cause the turf to shrink. If gaps do appear it will give weeds an opportunity to grow through as well.

As a guideline use a sprinkler to water an area for approximately 5 to 10 minutes twice a day, gradually reduce this to encourage the roots to look for a water source from below the surface.  This will help to develop a strong root system quickly.

Depending on the weather reduce the watering to 2 to 4 times per week for the next few weeks.  Once you get into the sixth week you can water weekly bearing in mind if the weather becomes very dry you should increase the watering again, for a period of up to 6 months.

*Avoid laying turf in extreme heat*

It is essential not to over water your freshly laid turf as this can cause shallow rooting.  Check that water has drained away and is not sitting on the surface underneath the turf as this may also cause the roots to rot so the turf will not establish.

Overwatering also encourages weed grasses such as annual meadow grass.

Our general rule of thumb is to keep the ground nice and moist until the turf has fully rooted. 

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