Watering your lawn
For new lawns
It is important when your new lawn first goes down that you water it in straight away. If you don’t, the lawn will start to go brown and will become very unhealthy. Make sure you water each square metre thoroughly on a daily basis to ensure the surface soil is kept moist until the roots of the turf have established, as a guide, approximately the equivalent of half a cup of water is sufficient at each watering. A simple way to gauge this is to place a measuring cup near your sprinkler and see how long it takes to fill half a cup.
For newly established lawns
After the first two weeks the roots should have taken well. If you can’t lift the turf then the roots have established. At this point watering can be eased back slightly to every second day. (Establishment time will vary depending on location and time of year).
For established lawns
When watering your lawn, less frequent deeper soakings will encourage strong, deep roots that will help maintain the health of your lawn.
Sprinklers and irrigation
There are a great range of sprinklers and other irrigation products available online from the Lawn Store.
When a new lawn cannot be lifted, it means it is establishing. In warm weather this usually happens approximately 10-14 days after laying (this can take longer in the cooler months). For best results and until the lawn is fully established (4-6 weeks), mow along the turf strips, then North/South, East/West.
Never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade in a single mowing.
Lawn mowing height guidelines:
- Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass – 30-50mm
- Eureka Kikuyu Grass – 30mm-50mm
- RTF Fescue Grass – 50mm
- Nullarbor Couch Grass – 20mm
- Platinum Zoysia – 20-30mm
Fertilising your lawn
For optimal results you should fertilise your lawn three times a year (summer, spring and autumn), using a premium blend fertiliser such as Sir Walter Fertiliser. Ensure you water the fertiliser well into the root base to avoid any leaf burn.
Weeding your lawn
If you only have a couple of weeds, you can remove them by hand or with a weed wand with glyphosate (Roundup). If your weed problems are more prevalent, you should use a weed control product like Lawn Lovers Buffalo Weed Control.
Seasonal lawn care
Check out our Seasonal Lawn Care page for more information on looking after your lawn throughout the year.