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Lawn Care & Maintenance

Turf Care Instructions
 
Important
Your new turf requires a great deal of water in the first couple days and will die if not properly watered.  Your lawn is made up of living plants that need to be properly cared for.  It needs the proper watering, mowing, fertilisation and chemical applications (when required) to become a beautifully established lawn.  Your lawn will only look as good as you allow it to look, so the proper maintenance is essential to having a beautiful lawn.

Watering

  • New turf should be watered as soon as possible after being installed.
  • When watering the new turf should be thoroughly soaked so the turf is wet but also so the dirt below it is soaked allowing the roots to grow into soft dirt.  
  • The turf should be thoroughly soaked for the first couple of weeks.  
  • During hot weather frequent light waterings are suggested until when you pull at the turf that you can see that the turf has rooted down.
  • After that the turf can be watered as a normal lawn would be watered.

The best time to water is in the early morning so less water is lost by evaporation.  The worst time to water is in the evening because the lawns stay wet at night, which encourages disease and fungus development.  Lawns watered too frequently tend to develop shallow root systems which may make them more susceptible to grub damage and heat / drought stress.
 
View Watering Schedule below

Mowing

  • After the turf is installed wait 10 to 14 days to do your first mowing. 
  • Let the lawn dry like you normally would before you mow so you avoid making tracks.
  • Before mowing make sure the mower is set on the highest setting so you don't scalp the plant sending it into shock.
  • Wait a week and mow it again then resume your normal mowing schedule.
  • We recommend mowing to commence when the grass reaches about 6cm.  
  • Set you mower to a cutting height of between 3 - 5 cm depending upon the time of year.  
  • By setting the mower 2 cm higher in the Winter (May, June, July and August) you will help keep to reduce stress on the turf.
Fertiliser

A starter fertiliser without a pre-emergent may be applied on the soil before the turf is installed. 

After your lawn installation we recommend that the lawn be put on a regular fertilisation schedule to ensure that your new lawn stays healthy.  Millers stock a full range of fertilisers and can recommend the best fertilisers for your lawn.  

Talk to us for advice on fertilisers suitable for your lawn, as well as lawn care tips. Click here to contact us.

Care and Maintenance


Care Type Spring Summer
Lower mower height to 
15mm to 30mm
Retain mower height at 
15mm to 30mm

Hand held hose or sprinkler immediately after laying or fertiliser application.  Then only as required. Hand held hose or sprinkler immediately after laying or fertiliser application.  Then only as required.

Slow release
(Premium Buffalo Blend)
NPK 22-1-5
2 - 3 weeks after laying,
then each Aug or Sept.
Slow release
(Premium Buffalo Blend)
NPK 22-1-5
2 - 3 weeks after laying,
then only a light application as required.
Care Type Autumn Winter
Raise mower height to 
25mm to 50mm
Retain mower height at 
25mm to 50mm

Hand held hose or sprinkler immediately after laying or fertiliser application.  Then only as required. Hand held hose or sprinkler immediately after laying or fertiliser application.  Then only as required.

Slow release
(Premium Buffalo Autumn Blend)
NPK 12-0-20
with Trace elements 
2 - 3 weeks after laying,
then each Mar or Apr.
Slow release
(Premium Buffalo Autumn Blend)
NPK 12-0-20
with Trace elements 
2 - 3 weeks after laying,
or as needed.