After Care

Once you have laid a new lawn, depending on the time of year and lawn type, below are a few helpful hints on how to get it established.

Watering

It is important to help your lawn take root into the ground to give it the best chance of flourishing. Make sure you are making the most of your watering by doing it for the recommended amount of time and at the correct times of the day.

Week 1

  • Water twice a day, ensuring you are “deep watering” from overhead (using sprinklers).

A deep water means the water gets through the lawn and deep into the soil underneath. This encourages the roots to establish. To help you determine how long you will need to provide a deep water, we recommend placing an ice-cream container on the lawn under the sprinklers. Time how long it takes for the container to collect 2.5cm (1 inch) of water. This is considered a deep water.

Week 2

  • Water once a day, continuing to deep water overhead.

Week 3 - onwards

  • Water deep once every second day initially, gradually stretching it out to 1-2 times a week, depending on turf and the weather.

Please Note:

  • Once your lawn is established, you may revert to using subsurface irrigation however the timing required will be different when “deep watering”.
  • Fescue requires more watering than any other grass to both establish and maintain.
  • On hot days, your lawn may require extra water especially if you can see any signs of stress. Stress presents itself in a variety of ways, including a colour change (particularly grey or purple) or the lawn not bouncing back. If you notice these signs, please water immediately.
  • To access the most recent water restrictions, please visit the SA Water website.
  • Lawns are like any other growing living thing; they too suffer disease and are prone to attacks from nature in the form of insects and weather. If you see any change in the lawn or are at all concerned, please ring us in the office so we can advise you the best we can, or arrange for someone to call.
  • All creeping grasses like couch, kikuyu and buffalo require regular maintenance such as coring or scarifying to maintain their appearance and manageability.

 Mowing

It is important not to mow your new lawn until the roots are established. How long they take to establish can vary depending on the time of the year. A general rule for instant lawn is 7-10 days after laying in warmer months or 3-4 weeks in cooler months. Newly seeded lawns need to be cut approximately 3 weeks after planting, or when two inches in height, with the mower blades set on high and the catcher in place.

After this stage, regular mowing is essential for the long term condition of your lawn. However, it is important not to mow your lawn too short. This can put your lawn under extreme stress and allows weeds to establish easily.

Please refer to the table in Mowing for ideal mowing heights.

Please Note:

  • Always ensure that the mower blades are sharp to prevent damage to the leaf.
  • When mowing only remove one third of the leaf blade each mow.

Fertilising

It is important to fertilise your lawn regularly. Regular fertilising of your lawn will help maintain the health and colour, as well as help prevent pests and diseases. After laying a new lawn, we recommend that you feed your lawn 6 – 8 weeks after it has been first laid, and then once a season.

Akers of Lawn offer a follow up service with their installation of new lawns that includes regular fertilising.