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5 Essential Tips for Watering Freshly Laid Turf

5 Essential Tips for Watering Freshly Laid Turf

Posted by Lisa Pieraccini on 21st May 2024

Feeling thirsty in this heat? Your new lawn will be too! Laying new turf is an investment in your home’s landscape, and proper watering is crucial to ensure it establishes well and thrives. Here are five essential tips for watering your freshly laid turf:

1. Water Immediately After Installation

Initial Soaking: Right after the turf is laid, water it thoroughly to ensure the soil beneath is moist and to help the turf settle. Aim for at least 1 inch of water, ensuring the soil is wet to a depth of 4-6 inches. Use a sprinkler or a hose with a spray nozzle to provide even coverage across the entire area.

2. Frequent Watering for the First Two Weeks

Daily Routine: For the first two weeks, water the turf daily to keep it consistently moist. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to water to minimize evaporation. Ensure the soil underneath the turf stays damp but not waterlogged. You can check the moisture level by lifting a corner of the turf and feeling the soil.

3. Gradually Reduce Watering Frequency

Transition Phase: After the initial two weeks, begin to reduce the frequency of watering. Shift to every other day during the third and fourth weeks, allowing the roots to grow deeper and the turf to become more resilient. As you reduce the frequency, increase the duration of each watering session to encourage deep root growth. Aim for the soil to be moist 6-8 inches deep.

4. Adjust Based on Weather Conditions

Monitor Weather: Be mindful of rainfall and temperature changes. During hot, dry periods, you may need to water more frequently, while cooler, wetter conditions might require less watering. Regularly check the soil moisture to ensure it is not drying out.

5. Avoid Overwatering

Watch for Signs: Overwatering can be as detrimental as underwatering. Signs of overwatering include soggy soil, fungal growth, and yellowing grass. Adjust your watering schedule if you notice these signs. Ensure your lawn has adequate drainage to prevent water from pooling and causing root rot or other issues.

Consistent and appropriate watering during the initial establishment phase is key to long-term success. If you start to notice your turf joins, or the rolls look like they are ‘shrinking’, you need to water more!