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Why is my new turf dying?

There can be a number of reasons that newly laid turf is not doing so well:

Drought / heat:

If there are prolonged periods of high heat and little water, your garden turf may go dormant to conserve its energy. This is quite normal for garden turf and it will recover when temperatures drop and rainfall starts again.

If you can't wait for the weather to change you can water your turf manually to bring it back to life. Start watering on a weekly basis, about 2 hours a week with a sprinkler as a guide.


If the weather is dry and you see brown patches appearing on your lawn it might not be receiving enough water. If you use a sprinkler ensure that it is reaching your entire lawn, most sprinkler heads can be easily adjusted with a screwdriver.


Weeds such as daisies, clover, thistles and moss can easily sneak into your garden and start competing with your lawn for water and nutrients.It's easy to spot weeds growing on your lawn but more tricky to control them. The best way to avoid weeds is by using a weed and feed fertiliser as a preventative measure to stop weeds before they can germinate.


Unfortunately, there are several diseases and fungi that can start killing your lawn. If this is your issue you are best to consult a specialist gardener who can diagnose and treat your garden lawn.


Insects such as Chinch bugs and grubs can feed on your garden lawn and slowly start to wilt it. To see if you have Chinchbugs; pull back a wilted patch of lawn and look for small insects with white markings.
Grubs are beetle larvae and devour the roots of your lawn from below, to find these dig up a 1 square foot area of your lawn and peel it back. If there are many grubs (more than 10) this is problematic.

Grubs can be killed off by stopping watering your lawn and allowing it to dry out fully. Chinch bugs are the opposite and can be deterred by consistent watering and removing dead grass and other plants from your lawn. Insecticides should be used as a last resort as the harsh chemicals can also harm beneficial insects.

Dog Urine:

Dog urine is acidic and can burn lawn roots and cause it to turn yellow. There are two signs that this is the issue: the first are round patches of yellow grass that fade at the edges. The second sign is more obvious: look for furry four-legged creatures enjoying your garden after having a refreshing drink.

The damage from dog urine can be lessened by flushing problem areas with water to dilute the acidic urine.

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