The correct way of watering new turf
Watering the turf is essential especially when you have just laid down the turf. Its important to water the turf regularly and keep it damp. But if it has been raining continuously, then you wouldn't need to water the turf. The first 28 days for a newly laid turf is very crucial. It's a make or break situation for your turf.
Water is extremely important for the turf, since the roots absorb the water. The water carries the essential nutrients that the turf requires to become a healthy turf. The right amount of water will also help the blades or the leaves of the turf grow. Excess or improper watering of the turf can damage it irreparably.
In your enthusiasm, you may over water or under water the plants. Both are worrisome situations. Here's how to find out if you are over watering or under-watering the turf.
Over watering the turf
If the ground is soggy or saturated with water, you are over watering the turf. If you let this condition persist for a few days in hot weather or for a few weeks in cooler climate, the grass will surely suffocate and you would be left with no turf at all.
Don't flood the turf so much so that the entire grass is underwater, rather you must understand that it's the roots that must get the ample amount of water. The roots also need plenty of oxygen to breathe. For your turf, you would need to create a fine balance between the two.
A flooded turf is a great invitation for disease to take root and kill the turf. For these reasons, over watering the turf should be avoided.
Under watering the turf
A newly laid turf needs lots of water. But if you find that patches of the turf are turning brown or the grass is wilting or it's losing its colour, then you can sure that the turf is drying out. Even short spells like a day or two in hotter climate without water will cause the roots to dry out and the blades of the grass will dry out or eventually wilt away.
Provide ample and requisite amount of water for your turf. Whether the roots are getting the adequate amount of water can be tested quite easily.
- Just dig a hole and examine the soil.
- If you have been watering the turf right, then the soil will be moist (not soaking wet), moist and cool to touch.
- This means that the roots are getting the right amount of moisture for the turf to become healthy.
- Mother nature is very smart and can fool you easily. Never get taken in by wet leaves, it could just be dew settling on the turf while the roots can be bone dry. It's essential that you keep a check on the moisture content of the soil on a regular basis.
If you want a great looking green turf, then here's how it should be done.
Check how deep the roots are
Simply check how deep the roots are within the soil by digging a hole. Water should reach the roots adequately for them to sustain your turf. In most UK soils, the roots are 150mm-200mm deep and this is the depth that the water should reach. To begin with, water the turf just enough to wet it. As the roots grow rapidly in the coming days, they can grow as much as 12.5 mm each week. The water should be able to reach the roots down under.
How often do you need to water the roots?
If it were a freshly laid turf, then you would need to water it almost every other day till the roots start growing. A new turf is never usually planted in the winter months.
Newly laid turf would need to be watered at least twice a day in the first week, then 2-3 times a week and after that once a week (after 3-6 weeks are over). But of course if it were a mature turf, then watering it would be dependent on the seasons.
The summer months are really when the turf would require more water. For the period June to September, the mature turfs can be watered 1-2 times a week. But always water before noon, so that the turf gets time to dry off.
During the autumn and the spring season, even once a week would be sufficient. During the winter months the turf doesn't require to be watered at all.
How should you water the turf?
Well a sprinkler works fairly efficiently, but a timed sprinkler may not be a great idea. It might just come on when it's raining and that serves no purpose at all. If you have a small turf, watering with a simple hosepipe should be adequate. Remember its not how long you water, but how deep the water penetrates that will decide the health of your turf.
Water your turf the right way to ensure that you have a great looking turf the yearlong.