Installing turf grass can be a great way to fill in blotchy spots on your lawn, or for having a new lawn installed at the same time you have a new home built. While turf grass is typically very strong and grows quickly, you want to ensure you care for it properly and have the right supplies for keeping it strong and healthy. Very often new turf grass fails to thrive simply because homeowners don’t care for it as they should and make some common mistakes that are easy to avoid. Note a few simple tips here.
1. Don’t Scalp Your Lawn
When mowing your lawn it’s easy to think you should cut it as low as possible so you have to cut it less often. In truth, this can damage the lawn itself and especially new turf grass that still needs time to take root. Cutting your turf grass too short means it has less space within the blades of the grass to gather morning dew, a major component used for its own watering. Blades also collect sunlight and convert this to the nutrients needed for the lawn to thrive.
Be sure you don’t cut your lawn too short, and maintain your garden equipment properly. Sharpen the blades of your mower every year so they offer a clean cut and don’t simply trample the grass, and so that you don’t mow the lawn again and again to get the height you want.
2. Don’t Overwater the Lawn or Allow It to Get Too Dry
Using a lawn sprinkler every day is one of the worst things you can do to a lawn, as it simply cannot absorb water that easily and doesn’t need to be watered that often. However, you also don’t want roots to get too dry as this causes a brown and splotchy lawn. A good idea for new turf grass is to install an underground sprinkler or irrigation system and use it once per week, so the roots get the moisture they need while the blades are not overwhelmed with too much water.
3. Never Feed the Lawn in Hot or Sunny Weather
Lawn food and fertilizer are full of chemicals that react to heat and sunlight, and which in turn can burn your lawn. This is especially dangerous for new turf grass, which is still delicate and trying to take root. Feed your lawn once or twice every year, but only during the cool seasons of spring or fall and never in the middle of the day when the sun is out. Use a spreader so you know you distribute the feed evenly over the lawn as well.
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