How much water for my new lawn?
31st Mar 2021 • Watering
How often should you water new turf?It is important to water your turf as soon as it is laid, to help the grass recover from being rolled and ensure that the roots can bed into the soil. As the new root system develops, the watering needs of the grass change.
First Two WeeksFor the first two weeks, you should water your newly laid lawn every day. During this time, pay close attention to the joints, as these areas are more likely to dry out quickly and cause the turf to shrink, providing weeds with an opportunity to grow through, and leaving you with an uneven and unsightly lawn.
Weeks 3 to 5Depending on the weather, after the first two weeks you should reduce the watering to 2 to 4 times per week. Gradually reducing the amount of water through the weeks, encourages the roots to look for a water source from below the surface. This will help to develop a strong root system quickly.
Week 6 OnwardAfter week 6 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.
How long should you water new turf?As a guideline use a sprinkler to water each area for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, twice a day. Our general rule of thumb is to keep the ground below the turf nice and moist until the turf has fully rooted. To check whether you are providing enough water, you can gently lift a corner of the turf and check that the water has soaked through the turf into the soil below. After a couple of days of watering, you should get a good idea of how much and for how long you need to water your new turf.
Can you overwater a new lawn?You can most definitely overwater new turf. While newly laid grass needs plenty of water to become established, too much water can saturate the soil. With the turf sitting in water, the roots are likely to rot, as they need oxygen to breathe. Additionally, overwatering also encourages weed grasses, such as annual meadow grass, to grow and waterlogged soils create the perfect environment for disease to develop and take hold on your lawn.
Keep Your Lawn Lush With So & MoOnce your lawn has established, it will still need looking after, to ensure that it stays lush through the year. Along with annual maintenance routines like aerating and scarifying, you should use a season-appropriate feeding plan to ensure that your grass gets all the nutrients and minerals it needs to thrive. The So & Mo Performance Liquid Lawn Feed plan has been designed by experts to keep your lawn healthy all year round.
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