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New Lawn laid 5th June 2020

Good afternoon this is my first post hopefully someone will be able to help. I am not a gardener this is my first attempt at laying a lawn. We had ordered the turf to be delivered Friday 5th June and requested morning delivery. Pardon the pun but Sods law it arrived at 15.45pm.  Already exhausted as had been up since before 7.00am in anticipation of the turf arriving proceeded to lay the turf. Everything went ok quite pleased for a first attempt, gave the garden a good watering finished for the day. 

Saturday gave the garden another watering and as the day went on I notice small areas that were a bit greyish looking not as obvious on the photos but clearly different. During the afternoon I noticed the turfs were more defined I thought they were drying out. I had put plenty of water on in my opinion but didn't  want to over do it as I have read you can drown the turfs. By tea time I decided to give it a no holds barred water. I think it looked better in the evening . I then came across your site last night and have read to water once a day in the evening so today I havent watered and am going to water this evening. 

Please can you tell me from what I have said and the photos should I be doing anything differently. 
I dont want kill off with too much water but need to give it enough.
I did notice that the turfs did have these patches on the photos I had taken on the day it arrived we only took receipt of the turf at 15.45 and it was all laid by 7.00pm. Thanks.


  • batwood14batwood14 Posts: 193
    Turf comes in rolls so it would have been rolled up for sometime which will cause the discolouration for a while until it beds down and puts the roots into soil. Don't over water it though - it needs to breath and so do the roots. It takes 2-3 weeks before the turf knits the roots into the soil. It takes longer is the soil underneath is compacted.
  • batwood14batwood14 Posts: 193
    Nicely laid by the way.
  • Thank you & thank you for putting my mind at ease I thought it was dying on me. I have done a lot of research and watched video but sometimes the answers you want arnt there. I will persevere and keep my fingers crossed.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946
    I think it looks good and you should be really pleased with yourselves. The fact that the weather has turned cooler will work in your favour. 

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

  • Thank you Dovefromabove I've been keeping my eye on the weather and thought theres a small window were I could get it down and hopefully on it's way before it gets to hot again. I am pleased with how it's gone I'm so glad it arrived when it did we got the text message to say it was coming between 16.45pm  & 17.45pm luckly it arrived at 15.45pm I wouldn't have wanted to be still laying it at 9.00pm.  I put the plants in the day before, not absolutely sure what I'm doing just kept buying a few every time I went to aldi. They will be ok for this year I will see how it looks during the season and maybe change a few things as the year gos on.  It's all trial and error. 🤣🤣
  • Thank you songbird-1 it's great this forum people are really helpful and reassuring. It's been a hard few weeks but at last I can see some progress. 😊😊
  • I would like to give you an update on my lawn. Two weeks in and it's doing amazing.
    The roots are going down great I cannot pull it up from the soil. I haven't cut back thd left hand side of the lawn decided to do this when more established. Also I packed it up at the edges with some of the leftover turf which has also rooted and come back green after being in the wheel barrow for about 4 days so it just goes to show how strong and robust  thd grass is it seems to survive anything.
  • Firstly welcome to this forum, it really is very useful with members having a wealth of knowledge.
    The lawn is looking good can’t wait to see it all trimmed up.
  • Thank you Chrissy, neither can I. I will be happy when it's all done really looking forward to using the garden for relaxing instead of work.  Of course I will put some more photos on as it progresses.
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