It is vitally important that new and established lawns get the right amount of water to maintain good plant health.
Your new lawn
New lawns require watering twice daily for the first 2-3 weeks of it’s establishment period. From the moment your new lawn has been completely installed, you will need to thoroughly drench each slab:
1. Using a hand held hose or sprinkler saturate the entire area
2. Lift up the corner of a slab, check that the under-turf soil beneath is wet
3. If it is, move on to the next area, if not keep watering
Following this method for those first 2-3 weeks will ensure the plant will root down successfully in to your soil, giving it every chance to establish and thrive as it should. Failure to do so, will lead to your new lawn drying up and causing sections to die off – making it difficult for your lawn to recover in the short term and lead to long-term maintenance issues if left untreated.
Your existing lawn
Once your lawn is established, healthy and in good shape – you can begin to gradually reduce the frequency in which you water. Your lawn will benefit from less frequent deep soakings more than regular light sprays. Once a lawn is established periodic deep soakings will encourage the establishment of deep root systems creating a more self-sufficient drought tolerant lawn. Roots will begin to seek the water out deeper in the soil which is hugely beneficial for a long lasting healthy lawn.
During the Summer months and extended dry periods, your lawn will certainly benefit from periodic watering. These periods of dry weather can easily cause heat stress – the number one contributor in lawn health issues throughout Summer. No matter how drought tolerant your lawn is, no plant is immune to the symptoms of extreme heat and severe dry conditions without upkeep of water.
How to tell if your lawn is heat stressed
It’s important to regularly inspect your lawn, as the symptoms of heat stress or otherwise will be visible to the eye. Take a close look at your lawn’s appearance, if the leaves are yellow, wilting or curling then that’s an indicator that it requires water and perhaps some fertiliser to help it bounce back.