Maintenance of your lawn


  • New lawn turf should be given a pre-lawn starter preferably containing water holding crystals. (See also Site Preparation/Pricing section)
  • Feed the lawn with a slow release organic fertiliser during the growing season every 6-8 weeks
  • Early autumn fertilising is important to keep your lawn healthy through the cooler winter season and help it retain it’s best colour
  • A little bit often is better than a lot at once. Over fertilising is expensive and can cause burning, fungus diseases or unnecessary mowing.
  • Spread fertiliser evenly, preferably using a fertiliser spreader. Follow up with a good, deep watering.
  • Top dressing is only necessary to correct any unevenness in the lawn. It is better to de-thatch the lawn in spring followed by fertilising and watering to promote new leaf growth.
  • Ask Earl’s Turf for the Sir Walter specially blended fertilisers


  • Newly established lawns may be mown in 3 or 4 weeks, only if turf can not be lifted from the soil
  • Aim to cut no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass in each cut
  • Clippings may be left on lawn if following the 1/3 length rule (good nitrogen) otherwise remove
  • Do not cut grass too short, this can cause your lawn to dry out or burn-off
  • When it is wet try to avoid mowing your lawn as this can result in an uneven cut
  • Avoid mowing your lawn when it is very hot
  • Mow in different directions as this prevents the grass curving in the same way after a number of cuts
  • Remove all clippings after mowing
  • Keep your lawnmower blades sharp and well maintained