Expert Turf  - Instant Lawn Turf | Taranaki, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington

After Care

Your instant lawn has been supplied to you in perfect, living condition. It is now your responsibility to keep it alive and we're happy to help. Just contact us if you need our advice. After laying your instant lawn try to keep off it for the first two weeks to allow it to establish and follow these instructions.

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Water is vital to the success of your new lawn. Maintain thorough watering until firmly rooted and pay particular attention near concrete areas that will draw moisture from the lawn. In winter minimal watering may be required but during warmer months apply water for 20-30 minutes morning and evening each day for the first 14 days. In very hot conditions increase this to 20-30 minutes three or four times a day. Watering can then be gradually reduced to every 3-7 days depending on the weather.

If there are any signs of your lawn drying out or shrinking it is not getting enough water. Apply water immediately and repair these areas if necessary. These problems do not exist on well-watered lawns. They are a result of poor irrigation during summer months.


Different varieties of grass need to be mown at different heights to keep the grass healthy and looking great. For all varieties maintaining regular mowing will encourage the growth of a denser lawn whereas infrequent mowing will create a thinner sward that will allow the invasion of weeds and moss. Always use a catcher and ensure mower blades are sharp.

Dwarf Rye/Chewings Fescue | Chewings Fescue | Kikuyu

Mowing should take place when the grass is firmly rooted and reaches 40-50mm high. This can occur anytime from one week after laying depending on the time of year. Trim lightly and gradually lower the blades to an ideal cutting height of 25-30mm. Mow regularly and try not to remove more than a third of the growth at any time. 

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue should be mown when the grass is firmly rooted and reaches 50mm high. Trim lightly and gradually lower the blades to an ideal cutting height of 35-40mm. Mow regularly and try not to remove more than a third of the growth at any time. It is very important to mow Tall Fescue higher than other grasses. If you mow it too short it will die.


Fertiliser should be applied after 4-6 weeks when grass growth slows and your lawn begins to fade. Once your lawn is established, maintain regular feeding. Enquire about the best fertiliser to use on your lawn. Be sure to read all instructions carefully and apply fertiliser accordingly.

We recommend using a fertiliser spreader to ensure an even application.

Weed control

Our lawn is supplied to you treated and weed free. However, weeds may appear in your lawn due to dormant weeds in the ground or through wind, birds or contaminated lawnmowers.

Established lawns can be treated with weed killer anytime during active growth but during periods of drought the weed killer will not be effective and may scorch the lawn.

For on-going weed control we recommend you see us for accurate advice on chemicals and spraying practices.