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Newish to Gardening and lawns, Mistakes made!

Discussion in 'Lawns' started by Paul Brennan, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Paul Brennan

    Paul Brennan Apprentice Gardener

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    Hey all.

    So I've just moved in to a new build and the building company had put turf down and left it quite a while so it was long and when I cut it I think I made my first mistake as it was abit wet.

    My 2nd mistake was not getting off all the grass clippings off so some dried out and I have removed since but some are in a slightly damper area and are wet. (I've since removed alot of it and am left with some patches.

    Some of the lawn is green some yellow ish (I have been watering with a sprinkler) about half an inch of water on very hot days everyday and less (days) when it's not so hot.

    I've added some images of the condition it's in now.

    Where should I go from here?

    Oh my place is in Stafford if that's important at all and I believe the ground is quite clay like!

    Many thanks

    Paul
     

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  2. JWK

    JWK Gardener Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum Paul.

    It looks to be mown very low, and taken off the upper greener leaves. The old clippings would also have shaded out and caused yellowing. It needs to recover, best to let it be for at least a couple of weeks. Watering is good for fresh turf but 1/2" a day seems a bit excessive, maybe hold off on all the TLC.

    I would suggest you raise the mower an inch or two when you next mow.
     
  3. Paul Brennan

    Paul Brennan Apprentice Gardener

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    Hey. Thanks for the reply.

    It's currently between about 2 and a half and 3 inches in length.

    So I'll cut the watering back abit and cut the grass maybe next Sunday on the highest setting as it's already been about a week since I did mow it.
     
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    • Liz the pot

      Liz the pot Super Gardener

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      Hi I noticed the drainage holes in the walls, are they coming off a car parking area by any chance?
       
    • Paul Brennan

      Paul Brennan Apprentice Gardener

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      Hey,

      No this is a large new build development area and behind that wall is someone else's garden on a higher level.
       
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      • NigelJ

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        The area around the drainage holes could be permanently wet/damp, keep an eye on it as you might some form of soakaway along the base of that wall.
         
      • Liz the pot

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        Thanks.
        With new builds it depends on what’s going on below the surface as it’s not uncommon to see poor soil under new builds as they tend to work on a budget and it might be anything under there.
        Unfortunately it means looking at the sub soil where you cut a very small section of turf to see what’s below.
         
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        • Josh Thompson

          Josh Thompson Apprentice Gardener

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          Some great advice in this thread so far. If your lawn care routine isn't working out in the long run, I would recommend using a soil test kit. I've seen a lot of issues with new builds as Liz mentioned and sometimes you really need to test the soil and see what the pH is like - there are also DIY methods you can use as well.
           
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