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New Lawn a few yellow patches urgent help

Hi, moved into a new build in december and just had a new lawn put down last week , watered it pretty much everyday bar one day when it had been already raining heavily.

There is a patch of grass that seems to be going more lighter.

i am also scared to start mowing it as it hasn't rooted yet and could lift


i am worried the patch of grass will never go green againimage



  • ClaireW2ClaireW2 Posts: 8

    So its irripearable then??

    what can i do to rectify

    i never watered without checking to see if grass was damp first we have had a lot of sun lately so it made the ground dry fast. more dry weather epected over next few days


    when do i need to do my first mow, will mowing the yellow area not make it worse

  • ClaireW2ClaireW2 Posts: 8


    my yellow area is in middle of garden to left hand side where most of the sun has shone on it.

    there rest of garden is mostly green with couple of yellow patches

    the green parts are growing already so not sure when to mow as i shouldn't mow if its not rooted yet right??

    as for the yellow patches the area of grass doesn't seem to be growing as much

    hence i am worried it won't recover

  • You do not want to be mowing a newly laid lawn after a week-just make sure it is kept moist but not sodden-the roots need to seek out moisture

    By mowing it- you are weakening it

    Keep calm and relax-grass is a tough old plant-am sure it will be fine

    Just stay of it for at least the next week

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016

    Claire - new builds are notorious for having turf shoved down on top of rubbish I'm afraid so the problem may be what's underneath the grass. Overwatering is always a problem if the drainage isn't right- for any plant. I'd agree with  Verdun  - it shouldn't lift, so give it another week or two and see what happens. The yellow patches may be areas that are not properly settled and in contact with any soil hence the lack of  growth.

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ClaireW2ClaireW2 Posts: 8

    the back garden when we moved in was left rotivated


    it wasn't till last week that a friend came and rerotivated it and laid the turf


    so the grass will recover, i am not overwatering it i don't think, i only watered it if the grass didn't feel damp to the touch 

    its been raining here this morning so so not sure if it needs water today.

    i was advised to mow twice a week starting from wednesday gone but ignored that as it didn't sound right, do i start mowing in a few weeks time.


    what do i do if no change in a couple of weeks

  • Twice a week from Wednesday?

    Sorry but this a living thing that doesnt not read the calendar

    When you see some growth them mow it first with the blades set high-but not yet-you will know when

    As for two weeks-come back and say what it is like then-but honestly stop stressing-it is pretty hard to kill grassimage


  • ClaireW2ClaireW2 Posts: 8

    twice a week from wednesday gone

    my instinct told me the gardener was talking rubbish


    have sene growth already but its not rooted so i am scared plus i don't want to mow over affected area or it may go bald lol

    i am stressing, worried the lack of water it got in first couple of days it was down will affect it as wasn't told to water straight away and couldn't get hose to work for first couple of days so was sprinkling with watering can on weekend of a heatwave


  • Mark CMark C Posts: 1

    I seem to be having the same problem and without wantIng to hijack someone else's post with my first,I will give you some background on my problems.

    last year I had to build a driveway at the house we had been in for about 6 months, while the mini digger was on site I dug over the garden to a depth of about 18 inches and removed a fair amount of large rocks concrete and other muck you get in the garden of a 1970's development soil is high clay content but I've seen a lot worse, there is now very little if any large stones or rocks under the surface.  The soil was raked over and left to settle for 6 weeks, before the turf was laid it was raked again and compacted. A good friend of mine with a very good lawn helped me lay the turf, it was not walked on and regularly watered, bear in mine how much rain we had last year! 

    The result was very weak patchy grass that I then over seeded, this still did not seem to work. I've got a Hover mower for spring and autumn for a higher cut with less weight on the grass, a cylinder mower for summer which is set to it's highest setting, both are sharp and I feel I'm doing all I can including, regular feeding, aerating in spring along with removing thatch with the lawn rake attachment of the mower. I really am starting to feel depressed each time I cut the lawn as it looks awful, I never cut more than a third of the length at a time, we have no pets or children to run over it. If the forum allows I've a link to some pictures


    Ps my ipad seems to be auto correcting with all sorts of words so I hope it all makes sence!



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