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New lawn laid, starting to brown, whats up? Help needed!!

Discussion in 'Lawns' started by DenProject, May 21, 2011.

  1. DenProject

    DenProject Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all. Iv never laid my own lawn before but i did on Wednesday 18th. Previous to laying, i rotorvated, raked, levelled and got rid of all stones and large lumps etc so it looked, well, in perfect condition to lay the turf. Or as perfect as possible without spending lots!! I then layed the turf, making sure it was well pressed down, getting rid of any air pockets. The turf was from a large reputable dealer by the way.

    After laying, i gave it a good watering, and since then iv been leaving the sprinkler on for 60-90 mins per evening, in four 15-22 min quarters of the garden, giving all the grass an even as possible amount of water.

    The problem now is, when i looked at it at 10am today, Saturday 21st, some of the edges of around half of the pieces of turf have started to go a yellowy brown. In two of the pieces, directly in the middle of the lawn, are starting to do this in the middle of the peices too.

    Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong in preperation, if i have done something wrong, or is this natural? If not, is there anyway of reversing this process to save the lawn? Feeding? More water etc? Please help!! Thank you.

    Regards, Mark.
     
  2. daitheplant

    daitheplant Total Gardener

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    Mark, you have done everything right, I think you should increase the watering time to 30 minutes per section though.:dbgrtmb:
     
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    • DenProject

      DenProject Apprentice Gardener

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      Thanks buddy, but iv just walked to the middle via a plank, and it seems really soft under foot, so it seems its getting its fair share of water. When iv come to think of it, when watering each quadrant, the middle will obviously be getting watered all the time, and thats where its browning most. Do you reckon its drowning it?

      Cheers
       
    • daitheplant

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      If it`s draining into the centre of the plot, then that could very well be the problem.:dbgrtmb: Leave off watering for 2 or 3 days so that it can drain away.
       
    • DenProject

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      Do you reckon watering it with some kind of feed would do any good?
       
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      No, the lawn is too young to be fed. Leave it to it`s own devices for now, but don`t let it dry out.:dbgrtmb:
       
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