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I had my lawn returfed 3 weeks ago I've been doing what they said watering it and mowed it once however it's going brown in places I really don't know why. Should this be happening with new turf??

piaf 350 to get it done which is a lot for me and I'm watering it in this heat and it's still dying. I haven't let the dog on it so it's not that. 

Help please 

ill include some pics however the pics look a bit worse than it is. The first one was when it was first done. 


  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    There is always some natural for back in new grass but I can understand why you are concerned; it doesn't look the best.

    What advice did thry give you on cutting it? It looks awfully short. I was told not to cut mine for a month then used the highest setting on the mower I could so that I didn't scalp it.

    DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO TRY TO FEED IT; often people over feed grass causing more problems.

    Are you walking on the grass? I know you're keeping the dog off but what about people?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Having a turf laid at this time of year is tough. You will definitely have to think independently rather than follow exactly what they tell you. If it's been this hot and this dry, I think you will need a sprinkler on it all evening for up to an hour to two hours. And this is more or less every day until the temperatures ease. 

  • beswick16beswick16 Posts: 2

    Thanks guys. No we aren't even walking on it. They said leave it 4 inches long then cut so that's what we did. 

    Now im scared that if I let it grow own the geeen grass will grow over the brown and make it worse because it won't be getting sunlight etc. 

    Theu said put feed on it if we want a proper green lawn so that's what we did hasn't turned out that way tho obviously. 

    i havent Got a sprinkler so I'll have to water it loads. 

    So shall I mow it when it grows or leave it for a bit what's best. 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    If you go by textbooks, at this time of year it peaks with mowing up to twice a week. However, in this extreme heat and lack of rain, I would not mow it until it's reasonably high. I can't put a time on that as heat and rain coupled with your soil type can alter the growth rate. Allow the grass to recover from the stress. Don't worry too much about patches. These patches if not recovered can be remedied later on in autumn. A lawn is on-going work. There is no need to think that what's happened now can't be sorted a month from now. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    You paid what!!! image

    What prep was done before laying? Is the site quite shady? Those two things have an influence. 

    They shouldn't have told you to feed it so soon either. Plenty of water if you don't get some serious rain over the next few weeks. Do you have a hose, even if  you don't have a sprinkler? If so, you can prop it/tie it up through the handle of a fork pushed into the soil, and leave it one for an hour or so. If you don't have a hose, that's going to be hard work watering unfortunately. 

    I have to admit, I'd be pretty hacked off if I'd paid that amount to get that result. Don't worry though - if you water it enough, it'll recover, and even if it looks a bit rubbish, it can be sorted with a bit of soil and grass seed later on. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025
    Chloe Kraven says:

    .... bone dry and 95c today...  

     Really?  You must've been nearly boiling ... poached at least .... only 34C here today image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,457

    If you paid £350 to get that small area done I'm wondering where they hitched the horses whilst doing the work. image  That's bye the bye now, but I would invest in a sprinkler for under £20 to ensure you get even water coverage and water morning and evening until the weather breaks, and then you'll probably still need to water at least once a day for a couple of weeks to get it to establish.  Grass is tough so will probably come through given time.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    In an ideal world, dont lay turf in the summer, I think a lot of us have really brown grass ATM, I do SE UK 10 minutes from the sea, yes you really have to soak it in the evenings, but grass is pretty resiliant, was that the price supply and lay?

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