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New turf fraying

Hi, I have had new turf laid last week (delayed by 3-4 weeks due to COVID measures) and have been watering the whole lawn regularly. 
It has been very sunny and warm for the last week and yesterday some lovely downpour for most of the day. 

On the sunny days, I had been watering the garden in 3 areas for at least 4-6hrs each. 

Today I had a look and although the grass has joined and there are no gaps, the edges have browned (see picture). 

I have been checking the underside of the grass regularly and it’s moist, as is the soil underneath. 

I am confused as to what to do about it. I am new to having new turf laid and it was a good cost for the garden of this size. 

I would appreciate any help. 

Thank you. 


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,128
    Keep up with the watering, and make sure that all the turf is in good contact with the soil underneath. If you lift up the edges to check how moist it is underneath, you stop it from rooting down into the soil.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,744
    Welcome to the Forum. 
    I'd not worry about it. Keep watering when needed and try to relax about it.

  • MakRPMakRP Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice. I have only lifted it at the start. Now I base it on the edges that can be seen where the turf meets the tree section. 
    With the weather being so random, how long should I water it for? 

    last night there was a a good down pour. The grass and soil are wet this morning. There is predicted rain at random hours. 

    I have watered the garden for 6hrs each section (3 sections) since installation last Wednesday For the first 5 days.  Now watering it 1-2 hours. Should I increase this?
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