New build properties
If your home is under 12 months old, the original build contractor for the property is responsible for putting right any defects. Find out more in our FAQs below.
Your garden has been landscaped and will become your responsibility on the date your tenancy/lease commences. This includes regular mowing of the lawn, and initial watering and care during the bedding in period. As outlined in your sign up pack, it will not be maintained or replaced by Stonewater or the Developer and cannot be reported as a defect.
Lawns need to be carefully maintained especially where new turf has been laid. Here are some tips to help you maintain your lawn:
- It is important to water your lawn well, the water should soak through to the ground below.
- Water your new turf daily for the first month.
- Be careful not to over-water your turf as this can encourage lawn disease. Lift up a corner of the turf and check its underside – it should be moist and dark, but not sopping wet.
- Try and avoid walking and allowing pets onto your new turf until roots have bedded into the soil which can take weeks. This can cause permanent damage to the turf.
- If your new turf has been laid on a slope, it can take longer to root in, so stay off it a little longer.
- Wait a few weeks before mowing your new turf, and when you do mow it, be sure to set your mower to one of its highest cutting settings. When mowing in the autumn and early spring, it is best to use one of the highest cutting settings on your mower.
- Fertilising your lawn a couple of times a year will help keep it healthy. Most people do this in the spring and autumn.
A common pest for new lawns are leather jackets, which are particularly attracted to fresh, new turf. They are the larvae of the crane fly (daddy long-legs) and live just below the surface of the lawn until they emerge as adult flies during August-October. The adult flies then lay eggs and the new grubs start feasting, starting the cycle again.
Regular mowing will also help keep leather jackets at bay. As leather jackets are a naturally occurring pest, especially in more rural areas, they are not considered a defect.
You can find out more about leather jackets, including how to prevent and treat them, here.