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Watering a newly turved lawn

Watering a new lawn Turf is a live product and will quickly curl up and go brown and die if it is not laid quickly following it's arrival on site and the watering process commences straight away, especially if no rain is forecast.

You do not have to drench it, adopt a little and often approach and take time to physically look at the turf and underneath it to see if your watering efforts are effective.

There is nothing like the eveness of natural rain compared to artificial watering and remember that a lot of the water volume you apply will naturally evaporate if the weather is hot and/or windy during the turfing process and afterwards. Once turf dries out, it is very difficult to get wet again and if you over water, the turf will literally rot.

Ten tips to assist you when watering a new lawn

1. When you prepare the ground for turfing, rake in a pre-turfing fertiliser to encourage deep rooting.

2. Don't have more turf delivered than you can install in one day - it's better to have two deliveries than to have turf starting to decompose before it's laid

3. Finish preparing the ground before your turf is delivered. That way you can start laying your new lawn as soon as it arrives.

4. When your turf is delivered, stack it in small piles in a shady place. DO NOT WATER TURF WHILE IT'S STILL ROLLED UP

5. Dampen the ground before you start laying turf

6. Press the turf gently onto the ground as you lay it to ensure that the roots have really good contact with the soil below. Always work from boards to avoid compacting the ground.

7. When you have finished turfing, water immediately. The first watering should soak right through the turf to the ground below.

8. Aim to keep the turf and the soil beneath it damp until the roots are well established. Check by lifting up a corner of the turf to see if the soil is moist underneath.

9. Water in the early morning or late evening to avoid too much water being evaporated by the sun

10. Don't over water. Boggy conditions can encourage turfgrass diseases and may even drown the turf.

PS: Don't forget to fertilise your lawn some 8 weeks following laying or sooner if you did not apply a pre seeding fertiliser. Autumn fertiliser make great pre seeding fertilisers.

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