Wondering how to take care of your brand new turf and maintain its lush looks? As a water-absorbing, living surface, a grassy turf requires some efforts, in terms of regular soil conditioning, watering, fertilizing and mowing. These are essential steps in your turf care routine and if done properly, can go a long way in retaining the beauty of your lawn for years.
While you can hire professional turf care companies to do the job for you, you might want to have a go at it yourself using professional-grade turf supply. Either way, it pays to know how to care of your turf properly so it can thrive in the toughest of weather conditions.
That said, here are five turf care aspects you should pay attention to.
Watering the right way is what keeps your turf looking fresh, green, and gorgeous through the harshest Aussie weather.
For the first couple of weeks, water your live lawn generously so that the roots can grow into the moist soil underneath. A newly installed turf can take up to 9 months to develop adequate root system and become drought-tolerant.
Once it is established, you can follow a watering schedule just as you would for a regular lawn — not too frequently but as and when required.
Watering your lawn in the early morning is a better idea as less water is lost due to evaporation throughout the day. Watering in the evening can pose some issues, such as the undesirable development of fungus. So it’s best to avoid it as much as possible.
Even before the installation of your turf, it is advisable to start with the fertilizing routine to ready the soil. After that, regular application of good quality, slow-releasing fertilizer, ideally a mixture of organic and artificial ones, would do your live grass a world of good and help them grow steadily.
Always remember to water your turf well after adding fertilizers. The best times to feed your lawn are autumn and spring. You may need to frequently fertilize your lawn in the first couple of years. Timely and consistent fertilizing will enable you to create a green patch that you’ll be proud to show off.
Mow your live turfs once a week during the summers and less frequently during the winters. Wait for at least a couple of weeks after installation before starting your lawn mowing regime.
It is advisable to mow only one-third of the blade at a time to prevent damaging the grass, and keep your mower blades in top condition. Also, be sure to water the grass after every mowing routine.
Lawn grubs are a common problem to live lawns and can eat up to 30 centimeters of lawn in a single night. You could deal with these with an insecticide or by mowing your lawn higher.
You can buy bacterial control products from garden suppliers to eliminate these pests. You can also hose down your turf with soapy water to bring out the blighters damaging your green carpet.
Weeds will grow on your turf, and you can’t help it. You, however, can take pains to pluck out the weeds that take up valuable space on your lawn. Carry out a top dressing of your lawn after about three months of installation to improve the finish of mowing and drainage apart from levelling the surface.
Armed with these turf maintenance tips, you’ll find it easier and more manageable to keep your live grass turf looking great all year round.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.