Instant Lawn After Care Guide
Your lawn is already about a year old and has been through the early traumas of germination, weed infestations, pest and disease threats and it has been mown, brushed, sprayed, fed, watered and rolled until it has become strong and mature enough to transplant to your place. It just needs some simple common sense inputs to make the transition successful:
- The turf mat and the soil beneath must be kept moist until the turf is well rooted in, but that does not mean it should be kept flooded. In summer this could mean watering at least once a day, in winter maybe not at all.
- Apply water until it has penetrated the turf mat and the first 50mm of soil, lift the corner of a few rolls to check.
- Watering in the early mornings is best so the sward will dry fairly quickly thus reducing conditions when fungal disease can thrive.
- Avoid watering in hot sunlight and don't allow the water to pond.
- Few people put sufficient water on when hand watering - use a sprinkler. The simple cyclone sprinkler gives sufficient water in about 15 minutes.
Fertilizing your lawn
Your Easylawn comes at a fairly high nutritional status and benefits from Prelay fertilizer added to the soil prior to laying.
- Focus on watering and allow the turf to establish without further stimulation.
- If after 2-3 months the colour is 'off' or the vigor drops away (and it is not winter) then the turf probably needs more nitrogen. Apply a general lawn fertilizer at 20-30g per square metre and water in or apply just before or during rain.
- If the response is negligible have your soil tested and follow the recommendations.
- Weeds will appear in your new lawn. They come from seeds which have been dormant in the soil after being carried in by birds or wind..
- Weed Control product can be applied to your new lawn in conjunction with the fertilizing programme, once the lawn is established and the first few mowing’s have taken place.
- Weed Control is an ongoing process
Your new lawn can be mowed as soon as the grass blades are about 40 mm high and the ground is dry. Mowing will stimulate more growth, so it is important to mow at the correct height avoiding “scalping” of the new grass blades. Never remove more than the top 1/3 of the grass blade. Do not use a mulching mower until the lawn has been mowed 5 or 6 times with a conventional mower. During the fast growing periods, it is recommended that you mow your lawn twice a week.
We recommend that you treat your lawn each March/April for Grass Grub.