How to improve your new build lawn
How to improve your new build lawn
We know this scenario all too well which is why we’ve put together our top tips for improving your new build lawn.
Although a mud pit isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, it does represent a blank canvas to start a new and improved lawn from scratch! Transforming your new build garden into a space for family, friends and furry pals is easier than you think, and with our help you will be well on your way to creating a showstopping space that will take pride of place on your Insta grid!
Before planning your garden furniture, hot tub and twinkly lights - it’s time to assess your soil!
Sussing out the soil
New build homes will normally always come with a clay soil foundation, and unless you have requested top soil or drainage to be installed as part of your contract then it is likely you will face the same perils as many other new build homeowners. It’s normally quite easy to tell a clay soil from a sandy or loamy soil and at a glance you should be able to tell if you have clay soils or not. Clay soils will be wet and muddy during rainy seasons, and they will become almost baked in the hot weather, with cracks showing on the surface.
If you’re still unsure, pick up some of the soil and if you can easily form a ball without parts crumbling off, then you can be pretty certain that you have clay soils.
So, what can you do with clay soils?
Making the right choices
Choosing the right type of lawn seed for your new build home is crucial. While you might be tempted to throw down any seed and hope for the best, it’s better to try and get it right from the start. Typically, new build homes have heavy clay soils, which normally makes growing a lawn quite challenging. Even if you turf over clay soils, you may find that the seed will struggle as it hasn’t been designed for your soil type.
Well, that’s where we come in! Our New Build Dream Lawn seed mix has been designed to overcome the challenges that clay soils will present and leave you with a thick green lawn that will have your neighbours peeking over the fence!
If your clay soils also suffer from shaded spots, you might need to look at a lawn seed that is able to establish even with partial sunlight. Our Shade Supreme Lawn seed can be mixed with our New Build Dream Lawn to give you a lawn seed that covers all problems and leave you with a show home worthy lawn!
Now that you have a lawn seed, it’s time to talk about feeding your lawn…
Giving your lawn a good feed of nutrients will help to significantly increase the quality of your new build lawn. Before you start sowing, we would recommend using our Pre-Seed First Feed lawn food. This will provide your soil with a whole range of beneficial nutrients. This will help to give your seedlings the very best foundation for growth. If it’s your first time using a lawn food, you can follow our guide on how to use lawn food where we breakdown each step to make sure you know exactly what you are doing.
Once your new lawn is fully established (6-8) weeks, we would recommend that you try and feed your lawn twice a year. Depending on the time of year it is, you could opt for our All-Summer Long feed or our Winter Remedy lawn food. Both of these will provide a long feed of nutrients for your lawn and will help to keep it healthy, thick, and green year-round.
If you want to give your new lawn a quick boost, you can try our Oh So Green lawn food. It is specifically designed to give your lawn a quick 6-week boost of essential ingredients that will bring it back to life!
Having the right know how
Now that you have the right lawn seed and food sorted, it might feel like you might have all the gear and no idea? Fear not, we have a whole range of how to guides that will help you transform your new build garden from a blank empty space into place to be proud of!