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Lawn Maintenance and Turf Laying Aftercare

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Laying your turf and planting your grass seed is only half the battle – and you’ll undoubtedly want to do everything within your power to maximise the health, look and feel of your new garden space. Depending on the type of lawn that you’ve chosen, your maintenance techniques will vary; and knowing how to properly look after your lawn can make a lot of difference to how it grows over the next few months. Let’s get to know the unique requirements involved in maintaining both types of lawn, what you can expect, and how you should tackle the project for the best results. read more...

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Laying your turf and planting your grass seed is only half the battle – and you’ll undoubtedly want to do everything within your power to maximise the health, look and feel of your new garden space. Depending on the type of lawn that you’ve chosen, your maintenance techniques will vary; and knowing how to properly look after your lawn can make a lot of difference to how it grows over the next few months. Let’s get to know the unique requirements involved in maintaining both types of lawn, what you can expect, and how you should tackle the project for the best results.

Caring for Your Turf after It’s Been Laid

As logical as it may be to accept that the hard work has been taken care of – the fact is that your turf will soon begin to suffer if you don’t take care of it properly. But what does this method of lawn care involve, and how should you approach it? Well there are typically a few things that can occur as far as turf is concerned.

As attractive as turf may look once laid, it may struggle to grow if it isn’t properly watered. Frequent hydration will encourage your turf to spread its roots, and the further in to the ground these roots travel, the more nutrients will become available. As soon as your turf has been laid, you should aim to water it within 30 minutes. A gentle sprinkle should suffice, and the aim is to apply at least an inch of water evenly.

During warmer months – in particular towards the end of spring through to the middle of summer, you may find that your turf is dry to the touch. Allowing soil to dry fully is never a good idea, as roots will rely on the moisture within to nourish them. During hotter months, it’s important to check the condition of your turf at least twice a day.

A great way to check the moisture levels of the soil is to press two fingertips in to the soil itself, and if water makes contact with your skin, or fills the grooves that you just made – then the hydration is sufficient. If not, then it’s a good idea to provide a fresh supply of water as soon as possible. Missing a day or two shouldn’t matter too much, but any longer than that and you may start to notice that the blades of your turf begin to turn yellow.

Looking after Your Grass Once Germinated

As turf will typically act as a layer of soil in and of itself, it’s important to approach seed-grown grass maintenance in a different way. Where seed-grown grass differs, is in the way that it grows.

As each seed will sprout in to a few shoots, it’s important to maintain a consistent level of hydration to avoid particular spots dwindling if the soil runs dry. Overloading the soil with water can also be detrimental, as the excessive volumes of hydration may lead to roots being exposed and damaged. The best method to water grass is by sprinkling it, as opposed to dousing it.

As mentioned above – it’s a good idea to check the condition of your soil during warmer months, and the same technique as mentioned above can be used. If the soil appears dry and crumbly, then avoid leaving it in this condition for too long. An inch of even water coverage is more than sufficient during colder seasons, and a few inches more will suffice as the temperatures increase.

Maintaining Your Lawn All Year Round

Is there anything worse than achieving a great looking lawn, only to have it damaged by wear and tear? In many cases this is unavoidable – especially if your garden plays host to children, pets and furniture. With that in mind, there are methods that can help to reinforce your lawn, whilst encouraging a consistent growth.

Keeping Furniture Away

Most grass blades are well equipped to deter all but the most severe of damage, and it will take more than the pitter-patter of little feet to do any lasting damage. Where grass can really begin to suffer however, is if it’s exposed to consistent pressure. Furniture is one of the most common culprits, and leaving it in the same location for any length of time will damage grass blades, and cause them to turn yellow. If garden furniture is a necessity, then aim to move it around at least once every few days.

Maintaining Sunlight

One of the quickest ways to kill grass, is to restrict its access to sunlight. Large, flat surfaces are the biggest causes of grass deterioration, and if you notice any patches aren’t quite receiving a consistent source of light during the day, then it may be time to move things around a little to cater to your lawn.

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