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Watering a new lawn

Watering a new lawn

New lawns require special lawn care practices during their establishment phase, with the highest attention paid to the amount of water being applied.

The high-water requirements for new lawn is due to the fact that the lawn has no root system attached to the soil.

Some lawn types, such as Buffalo lawn, arrive with no root system whatsoever. And it’s the lack of any root system, or root system within the soil which means the lawn cannot receive any water from the soil.

It’s for this reason that new lawns need to be kept wet at all times during establishment.

Without the added water being applied, the new sod would otherwise very quickly dry out and die.

Judging How Much Water To Apply To New Lawns

The amount of water that will need to be applied to a new lawn will change depending on the conditions at the property where the lawn was laid.

The principle involved will always be the same – which is to keep the new lawn wet at all times.

Because you will water several times a day, and you are not requiring deep watering which travels deeply into the soil profile, watering times can be briefer than if you were watering an established lawn.

Dry Hot Weather 

New lawns which are laid during the heat of summer require the greatest amount of water which may be as often as 4 times a day in the first week.

Warm Weather 

Warmer weather in the high 20°Cs to early 30°Cs will require the new lawn to be watered a little less frequently, which may be around 3 times a day.

Cooler Weather 
Cool weather requires less water again and may be as low as 1 – 2 waterings a day.

Rainy Weather 
During cool rainy weather, it is likely that the new roll on lawn will require no extra watering by the homeowner in addition to what it is already receiving naturally from the rain.

Monitor The New Lawn At All Times

An exact lawn watering schedule for new lawns will always be the judgement call of the lawn owner while following the golden rule of keeping the lawn wet at all times.

So the homeowner will need to adjust the watering program themselves dependent on the weather at the property where the new lawn was laid.

The lawn should be monitored to ensure the ongoing health of the new roll on lawn.

The lawn should remain green and growing, if it begins to brown off at any time – then the lawn may require more watering than it is receiving. So it is simply a case of increasing watering times or frequencies.

Reducing your watering

The highest requirement for water will be in the first week of the new lawn being laid. Watering can then be reduced as the following weeks progress and the root system of the lawn becomes more established.

The lawn will most often be fully reduced to a standard watering schedule by the end of week 4 to 6.

Remember if you are in a state where water restrictions apply please check details with the appropriate Water Corporation.

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