Tips for Maintaining a New Lawn in Top Shape

Whether you’ve just laid down some fresh turf or has started from scratch with seeds, a new lawn requires a bit of care to get off to a healthy start. Your lawn will likely not need much maintenance after the six week mark, but before then, it’s crucial to get your new lawn care right – because nobody likes a brown patchy lawn. To help you get your grass thriving and strong, we’ve compiled a quick list of our tips for a maintaining a new lawn in top shape below.

4 tips to maintaining a new lawn

How to maintain new grass #1: Water regularly

A freshly laid lawn needs a little more maintenance to get started, as the turf needs to establish strong roots. If the roots aren’t given enough moisture, your lawn can quickly struggle to find enough support, and will soon dry and die out. For the first week, it’s recommended you water your lawn twice a day. This can then be dropped to two times a week after, and once a week at the six week mark. This will help the roots of your lawn to establish in the soil, which will help ensure it gets off to a strong start.

How to maintain new grass #2: Hold off on mowing

It’s recommended you hold off on mowing your lawn into the roots get established, as mowing can cause a bit disruption on the growing cycle. If you’ve laid down turf, a couple of weeks should be a suitable enough time to mow. As a rule of thumb, it’s worth waiting until your grass has reached a height of at least three and a half inches before mowing. For seeded grass, you can expect the process to take at least a couple of months to reach a suitable height, as the seeds need time to germinate.  

How to maintain a new lawn #3: Avoid walking on your lawn

Your lawn will be quite vulnerable in the first few weeks, so it’s important not to walk on it until the roots have firmly embedded into the soil. Even then, it’s recommended you keep the activity pretty light for the first couple of months, and after any high traffic use such as playing sports. A pre turf fertiliser can help your lawn grown quicker, as it gives your lawn the nutrients needed to establish a strong root system.   

How to maintain a new lawn #4: Use the right fertiliser

When it comes to maintaining a new lawn, It’s important to use the right kind of fertiliser for your new lawn as a wrong fertiliser can cause more harm than good. A good fertiliser usually contains an even ratio of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Nitrogen is key to kickstarting growth, whereas phosphorus helps develop root systems and potassium keeps the root healthy. It’s you’re planning on growing your grass from scratch, it’s recommended you use a special pre turf fertiliser before you sow the seeds. As fertiliser can sometimes sit on the surface of the soil, it’s worth using a hoe to get a little deeper – though no more than four inches as it can burn the roots of the grass. If you’re laying turf, a normal fertiliser will do, and can be used six weeks after installation.

We hope our blog on ‘Tips for maintaining a new lawn’ has given you a good idea of how to care for your new lawn. If you’re thinking about entering next years’ competition, why not bookmark this page and the homepage, so that you can check back for more updates on future editions of the Brisbane Best Lawn competition. Or if you’re like some more advice on maintaining a new lawn’ contact us online and one of our friendly lawn experts will be in touch shortly.

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Brisbane's Best Lawn 2021

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility of Entrants

  • You are based in Greater Brisbane region and Gold Coast
  • You are aged 18 years or older
  • You must be an Australian permanent resident
  • You are NOT affiliated with any of the competition support partners
  • Your lawn is for residential use, not commercial use. If you are unable to prove ownership, you may be subject to disqualification.

Photo Requirements

Your entry images must be:

Please include 3 different images of your lawn. Include angles that show your lawn’s best characteristics. Be careful to ensure your photos are in focus and clearly depicting your lawn in its entirety and its best characteristics. Images must be clear, not pixelated or blurry.

Here is an example of some good photos:

Beautiful neat green lawn | Brisbane Best Lawn
Beautiful perfectly cut green lawn in a suburb | featured image for Home.
beautiful neat green lawn | Brisbane's Best Lawns

The Competition terms and prizes

  • One entry per household.
  • Prizes are limited to the specified prizes stated in the prize list.
  • By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive e-mails from Centenary Landscaping Supplies, Twin View Turf, QLD Lawnies, Lawn Solutions Australia, and UltraGrow containing offers and developments that we think may interest you. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe on every e-mail that we send.
  • Centenary Landscaping Supplies and the competition support partners accept no responsibility for entries that are lost or cannot be entered for any technical or other reason.
  • All entries will have a chance to win the top prize and title of “Brisbane’s Best Lawn 2021”. Three finalists will be selected from a public vote and the judges will select the worthy lawn to take out the top spot. The Judges will also select three category winners from all of the entries.
  • Judging of the top 3 lawns will be carried out by a site visit to the entrant’s residential address.
  • Each category winner will be notified and published on the competition website and through all social media channels.
  • Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for any other cash or prizes.
  • The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the prize draw. The winner consents to Centenary Landscaping Supplies, both before and after the closing date of the prize draw for an unlimited time, of the winner’s voice, image, photograph and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photography, on the internet including Centenary Landscaping Supplies’ website) and in any advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the prize draw, all entrants consent to the same.

Competition dates

  • Entries open – 4th October 2021
  • Public Voting –  20th November 2021
  • Judging – 11th December 2021
  • Winners Announced – 12th December 2021

CATEGORY CRITERIA

  • Best Manicured Lawn – A lawn (usually couch, Bermuda grass or Zoysia) kept short (<25mm) and maintained using a cylinder, reel or roller mower. Edges are well defined and maintained neatly.
  • Best Natural Lawn – A longer lawn (25-50mm) of any species maintained regularly. Edges are well defined and maintained neatly but may feature more organic shapes.
  • Best Landscaped Lawn – A lawn of any species integrated into a broader landscape (e.g. smaller lawns surrounded by well-maintained gardens featuring organic shapes and edges).
  • Brisbane’s Best Lawn – Brisbane’s best lawn will be judged by a panel of experts and will be assessed against the following criteria – Visual appearance (Colour, Thickness and coverage, Presence of weeds and/or pests). Maintenance Regime (Schedule, Equipment). Care Regime (Fertilising schedule, Weed & Pest Management, Mowing frequency).

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