Yes, it is called instant turf but your lawn in Melbourne requires ongoing love and care to create a long-lasting and luscious lawn.
One of the most crucial ingredients to the turf installation process is adequate watering. When you buy instant lawn, be it Kikuyu grass, Buffalo grass or any other lawn type, optimal establishment needs water, water, water.
The time of year you choose to lay your lawn in Melbourne can have an impact on your watering plan. Continue reading for the ultimate guide to watering new turf.
For large areas of fresh turf, a built-in irrigation system is recommended to ensure even soaking and constant moisture. Inspect your system to ensure that the outlets are not blocked.
It can be tricky with moveable sprinkler systems to achieve an even water coverage so you should supplement this method with hosing and divide the space into a few areas that you rotate between. For manual hose watering, ensure you have a spray nozzle with control jet, this will allow for deep soaking as well as light watering as needed.
Whether you have a built-in irrigation system for your instant turf in Melbourne, a simple sprinkler system or you choose to manually hose your lawn, it is worthwhile to draw up a watering plan for at least the first 2-3 months after laying turf. These eight to twelve weeks of infancy will lay the foundations for the root system of your lawn.
You may notice that most garden experts advise a good soaking before dawn. This is because once the morning sun has penetrated the grass blades, they become warm. If water hits hot grass blades, they may burn.
A typical watering session should allow for 10mm to 15mm across the lawn. For large lawns is likely to take longer than smaller turfed yards. From Week 4 onwards, more water per session is recommended.
Week 1 – Water new turf 3 times per day; before dawn, before midday and before dusk
Week 2 – Water turf 2-3 times per day; before dawn and noon (before dusk as well if possible)
Week 3 – Water turf 2 times per day; before dawn and noon
Week 4 – Water daily before dawn
Weeks 5-8 – Water turf every second day; before dawn
Weeks 8-12 – Water turf 2 times per week before dawn / morning
Weeks 12 onwards – Weekly watering is recommended. During heat waves, water more frequently to avoid sun damage. During heavy rains pause the watering schedule to avoid pooling.
Instant lawn takes on its own life and just like any living thing, its health can fluctuate. It is important to keep an eye on your lawn. Is there pooling in certain areas? Do some parts of your lawn look yellow or off-colour? Are the edges growing differently to the centre of your lawn? The earlier you identify an issue with your lawn, the easier it will be to rectify any problems. Talk to your lawn expert if your lawn is showing any of the above issues.
Of course, watering is the number one key to a healthy lawn but adding fertiliser at different times during the year is highly recommended as well. Fertiliser and lawn boosters act like vitamins and the right lawn fertiliser will provide your grass with a combination of nutrients to endure the upcoming season.