Queensland's climate can make it difficult to establish a new lawn. Follow the below guidelines & tips to help you grow a happy & healthy lawn, all year round.
W A T E R I N G
G U I D E
First 2 Days
KEEP IT DRENCHED
For the first 2 days after your new turf is laid, you need to keep it saturated. You will need to soak it to the point of not being able to walk on it, and keep it this wet for the 2 day timeframe.
ONCE A DAY
For the remainder of the first week you will need to give your new turf a soaking once a day. Best times to water turf is early in the morning or late in the evening, this gives your turf the best chance of absorbing the water.
EVERY 2ND DAY
Your watering schedule can start to ease off in your second week. Cut your waters down to once every second day. The turf will still need to be drenched on the watering days. HOT TIP - One good soaking is better then multiple short waters.
EVERY 3RD DAY
One heavy soak every third day should suffice in your third week of establishing your new lawn. It is important to keep in mind the weather as you back off on watering, if it is a hot day then be sure to cool your turf off even if it isn't a watering day.
ONCE OR TWICE
In your fourth week you should see the turf starting to root into the existing ground. Check this by lifting the corner of one of the slabs, it should firmly grip the substrate. If you turf has successfully established itself into the soil below, you can cut right back to one or two soakings a week.
M O W I N G &
F E R T I L I S I N G
KEEP IT LONG
Around the 4 week mark is a general guideline to when you can start mowing your new lawn. It is important to keep your new lawn long, the rule is to never cut more then a third of the leaf off. This prevents stress in your lawn which may result in weed invasion.
In the warmer months keep your lawn longer, this helps with water retention & saves money on your water bill.
Always water your lawn in the early A.M. or late P.M. & give it a good heavy soak.
TLC FOR YOUR LAWN
Spring is a great time to do some yearly maintenance on your lawn. This keeps a healthy and happy lawn year round. Here's a simple 5 step program you can follow at the beginning of Spring:
1. Pull Weeds
3. Fertilise with a Soil Conditioner
5. Mower Maintenance
Give your lawn a second sprinkling of fertiliser 4 - 6 weeks after doing the above maintenance.
WHEN TO DO IT
It is important to topdress at the right time of year. You want your turf to be in 'growing season' when you topdress, this is generally Spring & Summer while your turf is actively growing.
WHY & HOW?
Topdressing isn't necessarily a yearly requirement for maintenance. It is more purposed for fixing an uneven lawn. Sometime your new lawn may need a topdress once established, this is just due to the variance in the thickness of the turf slabs when cut on the farm & completely normal.
1. Mow Lawn - Trim a third of the leaf off your grass.
2. Apply Topdress Soil
3. Rake, or spread soil evenly and work into grass
4. Apply Fertiliser
5. Water in well
TIPS - Only apply about 10mm (1cm) across the lawn. Never completely cover the lawn, always ensure there is some green showing to absorb light. Covering the lawn will suffocate it. Multiple applications may be needed over an extended period of time to fix lower spots.