Knowing when and how to mow your instant turf will give your new lawn the best chance of thriving all year round.
Think of your lawn as the hair on your head – regular trims will help to maintain it and keep it healthy! Regular mowing can help strengthen your lawns root system and make way for fresh, robust and greener growth.
When it comes to mowing your instant turf, the frequency of which you will need to mow will change depending on the season, your management regime (how much you irrigate and fertilise) and your turf variety.
And…if you want to take our low maintenance lawn promise to a whole new level and reduce or minimise mowing frequency during the growing season, you might want to try an application of a lawn maintenance product called Primo, which is a lawn growth retardant available from our web shop.
Remember, after installing your instant turf you need to give it time to establish its root system before mowing. This will take around 2-3 weeks (although it may take longer during the cooler months). The best way to tell if your new lawn is ready for his virgin mow – is to try and pull up the turf slabs and if you can not pull them up by hand, that will mean that your new lawn’s root system is taking hold in its new environment and you can feel confident to start the mower. Just remember – on your new lawns first mow, pop your mowing height up a bit to make sure you don’t scalp an establishing lawn.
Below is a handy guide to when you should mow your lawn depending on the type and season. If you need further help in determining your lawn type or if you are second guessing yourself and you want to check in with our team contact us!
You may start to mow your new lawn as soon as the turf is firmly rooted down. (Generally about 2 to 3 weeks – root establishment may take longer during cooler months).
When mowing, ensure your blades are always sharp to prevent plant injury. Generally, never remove more than one third of the grass length in a single mowing.
When mowing your Sir Walter DNA Certified lawn, keep your mowing height between 30mm – 50mm in shaded areas.
During the cooler winter months, these warmer season grasses require minimal, if any, mowing at all.
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo
If you have a Sir Walter DNA Certified Soft Leaf Buffalo type of turf, you can enjoy less frequent mowing. This versatile, super hardy turf variety is one of the most low-maintenance lawns on the market and performs at its peak when kept at a mowing height of between 30mm-50mm.
Mowing in Summer and Spring
- Remove clippings each mow to prevent thatch buildup
- Dethatch by mowing your lawn at its shortest height once in early Spring
- Maintain lawn health by mowing every 7-14 days or as required during the Summer months as this is when Sir Walter grows the quickest
- Do not mow more than ⅓ of the leaf at any time unless dethatching
- Ensure your mower blades are sharp to prevent tearing the leaf
- Sir Walter can be left a little longer to keep it looking lush and velvety. Preference is up to you on how high or short you want to go, it’s such a personal preference, but just keep in mind Sir Walter performs best when maintained between 30mm-50mm
- Cylinder mowers give a nice ‘bowling green’ finish to Buffalo turf types like Sir Walter
- While Sir Walter’s non invasive, lateral growth rate is slower than some other warm season turf varieties, you will still need to whipper snipper around the edges to curb its growth into garden beds
Mowing in Autumn and Winter
- During the cooler months of Autumn and Winter, Sir Walter DNA requires minimal, if any, mowing at all
- When you do mow, take your lawn mower blade up one notch and keep Sir Walter DNA at its highest length to protect its roots over the dormant winter months and to retain its soft leaf texture
- Reduce traffic on lawn during winter, especially in shady areas
New instant turf can take up to 6 weeks to fully establish its root system, depending on the time of year it is installed. Once established you should then start mowing at the highest recommended length according to the lawn type. From there, you can gradually reduce the height over several cuts. Remember, no matter your lawn type, never mow more than ⅓ off the leaf!
Instant turf is one of the quickest ways to achieve a healthy, vibrant, and lush lawn that will even have the neighbours green with envy! Remember – mowing frequency is one of the most important factors in maintaining the best looking lawn in the street. Sticking to a regular mowing schedule throughout the year will give your grass the best possible chance to thrive.
How often you need to mow your lawn will vary from season to season. In general, you will need to mow more frequently in the Summer months. In the cooler seasons of Autumn and Winter, you can reduce to every 2 to 4 weeks but some lawns may require no mowing at all! The easiest way to tell if your lawn needs a trim is by simply giving it the once over. Untidy? Overgrown? Then it’s time to wheel out the lawn mower!
If you need a second opinion or any industry tips or tricks to help you navigate lawn maintenance questions or if you need any other assistance with looking after your instant turf, contact our friendly staff at Coolabah Turf. Happy mowing!