Watering Your New Turf

Keep it Moist (But Not Soused)

All living things need water. But none need it as badly or as quickly as freshly laid turf. To ensure your new turf is firmly established, begin watering it within half an hour after it’s laid on the soil, applying at least 2 to 3 cm of water to wet the soil beneath it. (This may mean you water as you lay it.)

Like a newborn baby, your new lawn needs special care and attention to thrive. What you do during the next two weeks will make the difference between producing excellent or mediocre results.

Immediately After Laying Turf

Your first watering should last 45 minutes to an hour. If you’re using a sprinkler, make sure corners and edges receive adequate water coverage. Pieces laid near paved surfaces tend to dry out quicker due to reflected heat.

After the initial watering, water twice more for a period 15 to 20 minutes each time.

For Next Two Weeks

Water twice daily for 15 to 20 minutes, once in the early morning and once in early afternoon. Hotter days of 80 degrees or higher may require three to four waterings per day. The key is to keep turf moist but not soggy. Too much water will breed unwanted fungus.

To determine if turf needs watering, lift a corner. If it’s dry, water it.

Keep Off the Lawn!
Avoid stepping on the new turf for the first two weeks to give it a chance to establish itself. After two weeks, let the soil dry a bit for one to two days before stepping out onto your prosperous new lawn.

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