Is it possible to lay turf in the winter?
It's possible to lay turf in the winter depending on which part of the country you live in.
Southern part of the country
If you were in southern UK, then the best time for you to lay the turf would be late winter and early spring. If you lay them through spring and right into summer, then you would have to ensure that they don't dry out. Laying them in late autumn and early winter is best avoided since the autumn rain will waterlog the turfs. The grass becomes dormant during the time and it could spell disaster for your turfs.
Northern part of the country
While in you are in the colder parts of the country, then you should lay the turf in early spring to mid summer.
Types of turf that you can use for your lawns
Turf would be supplied in rolled up lengths usually 3 foot by 1 foot by 1.5-2 inches. In the wet weather, it can become quite difficult to handle.
Meadow grass and seeded turfs are available. While meadow grass is the cheapest and very sturdy, seeded turfs are better quality, more expensive and doesn't contain any weeds. Meadow grass will have many types of grass and contains weeds.
Its best to buy turf from a place that you know or you have been recommended. Remember a good quality lawn is born out of good quality turfs.
They are essentially 4 steps involves in having a great looking lawn
Planning a lawn
Preparing a site
Laying the lawn
Planning a lawn
Give some thought before you actually start laying down the lawn. The lawn will stay with you for some years to come. Plan according to the space that you have and the look that you want. Avoid really steep slopes. You probably like to have an undulating lawn and that looks really great. You can also have some flowerbeds around or in the middle of the lawn. There are various options that you could explore before laying down the lawn.
Preparing the site for the lawn
For your lawn to grow well, it needs to be well drained. Ideally your lawn will thrive in a well-drained medium loamy soil.
You have a problem if
- If the soil is clay or sandy. To improve drainage simply add garden compost, rotten leaves and really decomposed manure.
- If the lawn is to be built around newly constructed homes. The construction workers would surely have left some construction material behind.
- If you have the construction sand left over simply mix it with sharp sand to condition the soil. Remove the visibly large boulders and stones and remove any inorganic building waste that may be left behind.
If you have a small lawn, then you can prepare by hand, but if the area is large, the buying or hiring a rotavator (it's a machine that breaks down the soil clumps in the garden really fast) is essential. But do it backwards so that you don't tread on the soil that you have just broken up.
Rake it up really nice, so that all the stones and all unwanted material is taken out.
After you have dug up the area, now it's the time to tread it down so that it become a flat even surface. Heck you can have a lawn treading party with family and friends (not that I have heard of it) if the area is too large for you to do it all by yourself.
When you can visually see that it's a flat surface, it time to order for the turfs. Before you start ordering for the turfs, find an area that you can store them. Storage of turfs requires a shady place and this shouldn't be much of a problem in early winter or late autumn.
Laying the lawn
Now rake in a general-purpose fertiliser in the topsoil before you finally lay down the fertiliser. Mark out a garden line to show a straight line. Never rely on a wall or a path (chances are that it may not be a straight line). Now start laying down the turfs along the line. Align each new line to the old turf line that you have laid down. Don't trim off at this point at the edges till the whole turf has been laid down. If you find that there are any gaps between the turfs, then fill them with a mixture of soil and sharp sand.
After you have laid down the turfs, its important that they are watered especially in the summer. Of course if you have rains, then there is no need to water them. You would probably know that there is a problem in case; the grass starts to lose its color.
Pets and children and even boisterous adults should be kept off the grass strictly as it needs space and time to grow. Don't mow the lawn unless it starts growing. Set the mower on a high cut for the first few times and after that set it for lower cuts.
Whether you plant the lawn in the summer or the winter, it takes considerable amount of planning, executing, control and after care to ensure that you have a healthy and beautiful lawn for many years to come.
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