Some advice to help you keep your lawn grub free and in excellent conditions all year round.
When to mow ?
Mow when the turf can not be lifted, or as a guideline, 10 - 14 days after installation in warm weather or 14 - 28 days in cold weather. Mow when the turf is dry and ensure your mower blades are sharp.
Preferably never remove more than one third of the leaf blade, or as a guide; maintain a height of approximately 30 - 40mm. At this height the turf will retain moisture and nutrients, low mowing will damage the lawn.
For the first couple of mows, mow in the same direction as the turf was laid, as this will prevent scalping. Mowing frequently will help produce a healthy, lush green lawn……
A special note for clients with Velvetene Turf - Never mow Velvetene too short in any one mow. Drop mowing heights gradually until you have reached desired length.
When to walk on ?
Avoid heavy traffic on your new lawn during the first 4 weeks, by doing so, this will give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil and will ensure the turf remains level.
When to water ?
We recommend the use of Rainsaver Crystals under your new turf. Upon installation, completely soak the turf with at least 25 mm of water and check that the water has seeped through the turf and into the soil below within the first hour of laying your new lawn.
A little hint to save water is to place a cup 2 metres away from the sprinkler, when there is 25mm of water in the cup, move the sprinkler to another area.
Ensure the turf is kept watered for the first 3 weeks, by doing this, the turf will establish its root system, ideally water twice daily for the 1st week, then once a day for the 2nd week and every 2nd to 3rd day for the next week.
Weather conditions dictate the amount and frequency of watering, be certain that your new turf has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods. Reflected heat from buildings dries turf out quickly, be sure to water these areas more often.
If there are any signs of the turf drying out, i.e. gaps appearing between the joins in the turf, water immediately. NB: please allow for some shrinkage when the turf is first laid.
Once fully established (approximately 8 weeks), the turf should be watered when necessary and during hot weather every second day, this produces a more drought, tolerant lawn.
When to fertilize ?
To maintain a healthy vigorous lawn, we recommend you fertilize every 6 - 8 weeks all year round or the start of each season. When fertilizing your lawn, apply approximately 30g per square metre and remember to water in well.
To help hold the colour of your lawn during winter, you can fertilize in late autumn using a combination of organic and slow release fertilizers.
For lush green lawns, you will need to fertilize every 12 weeks with Organic Life.
Lawn grubs ?
Signs that you might have lawn grubs in your lawn are:
- In the early morning there will be birds feeding off the lawn
- The lawn is showing signs of dead patches in random areas
To rid of lawn grubs you can buy Lawn Grub Killer