Pre-rolled turf is a fantastically convenient way to get a beautiful lawn in record time. When the rolls of turf are laid, however, you need to help them out a bit to ensure that your new lawn establishes the root system it needs to grow lush and healthy. So what can you do to give your new lawn the best possible start in life? Read on to learn the three golden rules of good early lawn care. Following these simple rules should help you ensure that the grass is always greener on your side of the fence!
#1: Stay off it for at least three weeks.
New lawns don't like being walked on--you don't want to bruise the delicate baby root system, after all! Make sure you aren't traipsing around over your brand shiny new lawn, and try to avoid having anyone else do the same. If you must traverse it, put boards down as you go to limit the impact of your tread. This gives your turf room to bed down before it has to start doing any hard work, and will dramatically improve its appearance later in life.
#2: Make sure it's getting plenty of food and water!
Even if you live in a relative humid place, for the first month or so, you should make a special effort to water your lawn frequently--a full, even sprinkling for about fifteen minutes a day is generally perfect. Your grass needs to eat, too! Get yourself a box of specialised lawn food and make sure you're feeding your lawn once a week for the first four weeks, and then every time you mow it after that. Don't be tempted by weed or moss killers, though--they're nearly as bad for grass as they are for their intended targets, and overall they really aren't worth the potential problems they might cause to pets, children or wildlife.
#3: Don't mow for three weeks--but be frequent thereafter.
Keeping your lawn well-mowed is what keeps it thick, healthy and luscious-looking. You should let your lawn grow free for the first few weeks--essentially the period during which you're trying not to walk on it--but be extremely regular after that; weekly is a happy medium for most, though there are people who mow their lawns every three days during the summer when grass is growing the most. Make sure you're giving the grass an even trim, and don't forget to fertilise after every mowing (and water, if it hasn't rained recently).