Your lawn is a living plant. Just like any other plant, it needs to be cared for to ensure it thrives. This is particularly important during the first few months, while the grass is establishing.
Every lawn is unique. You may even notice that yours looks and behaves differently from your immediate neighbours’. This can be down to the precise lay of the land, the amount of light and shade your gardens get, the soil conditions, the orientation of your garden and when the seed or turf was laid. We recommend you take your time and give your lawn plenty of TLC while it’s ‘knitting’ together.
No matter what time of year your new lawn was laid, it shouldn’t be disturbed until it has ‘knitted’ – i.e. the turf has formed strong roots in the soil below. We recommend 6 months, although this could be slightly less or a lot more depending on conditions when the lawn was laid. It will take a full 12 month cycle for the lawn to knit and start to become established, and for the natural drainage routes to open up. A little patience at the start will be rewarded with a lovely, healthy lawn for many years to come.
Here are some handy tips for looking after your lawn in the first few months, when it needs a little extra TLC.