Whether it’s summer BBQ time, letting the dog run around or playing backyard sports with the kids, us kiwis love our lawns. It’s not all fun and game though. Your lawn needs work keeping it at it’s best, particularly when it’s new and still getting established. Here are some tips to getting your new lawn off to a great start:
If your new lawn was sown then the seeds need to be kept moist. So if there is not enough rain to do this naturally then you will need to water it. If you put your finger into the soil and it is dry just under the surface then you will need to water it more. The best time to water it is in the morning before the heat of the sun hits the soil. Use a hose or a sprinkler to gently water it until moist.
Keep off it
While the seeds are still sprouting it pays to keep the traffic on you lawn to a minimum. It’s OK to occasionally step on it (to put a sprinkler on it for example), but keep the kids and pets off it.
It will take several weeks for your lawn to get to the stage where you can mow it and can take even longer in the colder months or in partly shaded areas. Once it reaches the 100mm it’s time to mow. Growing a lawn to maturity takes patience. Start by having it gently mowed at a high height. When it is ready for it’s second mow step down the height a little and mow in a different direction to your first mow. Step down the height each time you mow until you reach the desired height.
Getting the best long term
If you are aiming for a high quality lawn then here are some long term tips:
- Over sow it. While your lawn is new, it may grow faster in some areas than others (normally due to less sun). An additional sow several weeks after the first can help this along so you have more evenly spread growth.
- Mow it regularly. The more regular you have it mowed, the more neatly it can be done. Most lawns in Auckland are suited to bi-weekly mowing.
- Water your lawn when it needs it. During the hot summer months water can make all the difference between a yellow and a green lawn.
- Feed your lawn when it needs it. Fertilizing your lawn every few months can really help with getting a nice green look. There are a range of fertilizers available (including organic), just be sure to read the instructions carefully as most require you to water them in.
- Weed it. Even the most manicured lawn can develop weeds. Pulling these out by hand is the best way of taking care of them.
We’re Here to Help
If you would like our help with any of these steps then get in touch with us and our experienced staff can take care of it. We offer once off and on going lawn care services.