How to take care of your roll on lawn
A roll on lawn is a great way to ensure you get a good looking lawn without you having to wait a long time to enjoy it. If you have performed the proper preparations and rolling, your lawn should look great already. However, to keep it in the same condition as when it has just been rolled out, you need to give it the proper aftercare.
Water your lawn often
As the roll on lawn is essentially just a plant that has been removed from its soil and transplanted, you need to make sure you give it the conditions it needs to grow. The first step to do so is to water it. Roll on lawns have a tendency to dry out quickly, as they can’t access water as easily through their roots. Watering should be done 2–3 times a day during the first 2-3 weeks and more in hot weather. You need to continue watering thoroughly until the roots have been established under the lawn. You can check the rooting by lifting a corner of the lawn to examine whether it sticks to the underlying dirt or not. If you can’t lift it, it means you can start watering less often. You should also take it easy with the watering if you see puddles of water on the lawn or if you find signs that the grass has started to rot.
When to fertilise
Fertilising roll on lawns does not differ from fertilising regular lawns. However, you should leave the fertilising until the lawn is firmly rooted to the ground. Roll on lawn suppliers usually fertilise the grass before delivering it, so there’s no real need to start doing it immediately. When you fertilise the lawn for the first time, make sure to use light products that won’t cause harm to the sensitive new lawn.
When and how to mow
Mowing is another thing that also shouldn’t take place until the lawn is firmly rooted. You should test the lawn and make sure it is stuck to the ground as well as keep an eye out for growth of the grass. If taken care of properly, a roll on lawn can have quite a growth spurt just after it has been rooted. Despite this, however, you shouldn’t cut the grass too low the first time you mow it. The lawn will need the leaf material to continue to root into the ground and if you cut it too low in the beginning, you can end up with a very sparsely grown lawn after a few years.