10 Steps for Watering Newly Laid Turf

  1. When you prepare the ground for turfing, consider incorporating a soil conditioner to increase the soil’s ability to retain moisture.
  2. Plan ahead to prevent the turf drying out. Don’t have more turf delivered in a day than you can lay.
  3. Finish your ground preparation well in advance of the turf delivery so you can start laying it as soon as it has arrived.  The quicker it is laid, the less likely it is to dry out.
  4. When your turf is delivered, stack it in a shady place.
  5. Dampen the ground immediately before laying.
  6. Tamp the turf lightly as you lay it to ensure good contact with the soil underneath.
  7. When you have finished turfing, water it straight away, ensuring that the soil is damp to a depth of 100mm. Thereafter, aim to keep the turf, and the soil underneath it, damp. You can check this by turning up a corner of the turf. Care should be taken not to flood or over-water the lawn.
  8. In the following days, water the turf accordingly due to the weather conditions.
  9. It’s important not to over-water your turf at any stage. This creates boggy conditions which encourages the development of moss and grass diseases. It is not always necessary to water if it has rained – check first to see if the soil is moist.
  10. Water less and less frequently over the next 28 days. The turf should never be allowed to dry out and go brown in this period.

After 28 days, your turf should be well established and will be able to fend for itself without the need for further watering.

Please note that the above is just a guide for our customers.

To properly water your turf, it’s important to use a sprinkler instead of relying solely on a hose or spray nozzle.

With over 50 years of expertise experience in our field, we have seen some very challenging weather patterns, including the hot summer of 2022. Here we saw turf drying out within couple of hours because of the humidity, which resulted in watering the turf during the late morning and afternoon. Our strategy is to work in harmony with mother nature and make informed decisions based on common sense. It is important to note that Oakley Turf Farm cannot be held responsible for your turf once it has been delivered.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at turf@oakleyturf.com or by phone at 01255 886096 for any enquiries you may have before or after placing your order. We’re always happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Updated 15/01/2024