Caring for a new lawn or turf isn't difficult, but you need to understand how to do it right so that your grass is protected and always looks its best. New turf means delicate roots that will take some time to actually grow into the ground underneath it and take hold. Until that happens, you need to know how to care for your turf and protect it from damage and how to encourage its healthy growth. Note a few tips for caring for a new lawn or turf and what supplies can help out.
One reason it's encouraged to water your new turf often is that you want the ground underneath it to stay soft. This allows those delicate roots to push through that ground and become strong and healthy. Note the condition of the soil under your new turf; if you know it's a bit rocky and dry, this means it will be extra challenging for those roots to push through. Keep your new turf well-watered; this usually means a daily watering for the first few weeks. Try to pull up a corner of the turf after this, and if it's taken root, then you can go back to a normal watering schedule that is needed for your climate and according to the season.
Most people will know to fertilize their new turf; it's the way they fertilize and the equipment they use that needs improvement. Opt for a slow release fertilizer for a new lawn. This type of spreader will ensure that your new turf is not fertilized too much and, in turn, won't suffer damage due to high chemical levels. The fertilizer will also not choke out the delicate blades, as a light coat of fertilizer will still allow water and sunlight to reach your new turf.
Even if your new turf seems to be thriving, you want to wait a good ten days to two weeks before you mow it; the blades of the grass should be around 6 centimeters high before their first cut. This will ensure you don't trim the blades down too short and, in turn, reduce their ability to absorb sunlight and nutrients. Set your mower to the highest setting for your first few mows; this is usually about 3-5 centimeters. This will help to trim your new turf without damaging the delicate grass blades. Let the grass grow to another 6 centimeters before you cut it again; this is usually a full week later. Once the turf has taken strong root, you can then begin a normal mowing schedule.
For more tips and the turf supplies you'll need, contact a local gardening store or turf supplier.