Once you have your newly laid turf, it is important to adhere to a few simple rules to ensure rapid and optimum establishment.
Firstly, keep off the lawn whilst new turf settles. If you do need to walk on it use planks to spread your weight. The lawn will need watering daily (dependant on the current climatic conditions) especially in hot weather. Check the edges daily as these will dry out first. The lawn will need cutting, don't let the lawn get over 100mm in length as at this stage the broad leaf grasses will start to dominate the finer leaf grasses, changing the grass mix, look and performance of the lawn. This is where you will have to make a judgement call as you still need to keep off the lawn!
If you are still watering, stop for a couple of days – this will firm the soil surface up, allowing you to walk on it. If the surface is still very wet and "squidgy" stay off. This is a balance: enough water to keep the grass alive but not too much so that the lawn is soft underfoot.
After about four weeks the lawn should be settled and established and ready for light foot traffic.
Water your new lawn immediately after installation using a sprinkler attached to a hose pipe. Pay particular attention to the edges and corners.
Your sprinkler will need to be on for approximately 30 minutes on each area. Check under the middle of a turf to see if water has percolated through to the underside. Irrigate twice a day for the first week and once a day in the second week. Irrigate as necessary depending on weather conditions in the third and following weeks.
Water areas near buildings and paths more often where reflected heat dries out the turf faster. Be aware that windy days will dry out the turf even more quickly. Turf is a living plant and requires as much T.L.C. as any other garden plant and more so in establishment. Avoid walking on the turf while you lawn is establishing, when moving your sprinkler use planks to spread your weight across the area.