Lawn Care & Tips

Guide to establishing newly laid lawn

Caring for a newly laid instant turf lawn is crucial to ensure its proper establishment and long-term health.

Here are the key steps for a successful lawn.



Early Stages:

After laying the turf, it’s important to make sure the turf is getting enough water.
The top needs to stay damp, the goal is to ensure that the grass doesn’t dry out.


While the need for watering decreases during winter, be sure to check areas that don’t receive natural moisture, such as under-roof eaves. 5 minutes of light irrigation or a light hand water will
keep the areas going.

Warmer Times:

In warmer weather, you might need to water the lawn 2-4 times a day to keep the top layer
consistently moist.

Water for 5-10 minutes at a time to avoid overwatering. Make sure just the top is staying wet.

Deep Watering:

Once the turf has established its new roots and is securely rooted (can’t be lifted easily), provide a heavy watering to reach the underlying soil. Then continue on with twice daily watering.

Watering Times:

Ideally, water the lawn in the early morning and late evening when the temperatures are cooler.
Avoid watering during the heat of the day to prevent scorching the turf.

If extremely hot, a light hand watering can be used to cool down the turf and prevent excessive drying.
Avoid fully watering during the hottest part of the day as this can cook the turf.


Once the grass has rooted and established itself, you can consider mowing.
Don’t wait for it to grow too long; Rule of thumb is never cut off more than ⅓ of the grass blade length especially at this early stage. Different grass types have different recommended mowing heights.
For Tall Fescue, maintain a height of no lower than 40mm.
Research on the web or ask the Guru for advice on 021529610.


If your lawn starts to yellow off, it’s an indicator of nutrient deficiency.
Apply a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth.

We recommend a slow-release fertiliser that provides immediate nutrients (around 50% nitrogen) and releases the
remaining nutrients gradually over the next 10-14 weeks.

Consistent Care 

Remember, the goal in the early stages is to promote proper root growth and establish a strong, healthy lawn.
Consistent care during this period will set the foundation for a vibrant and resilient lawn.

If you’re unsure about any aspect of lawn care or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Lawn Guru.
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