A beautifully manicured and verdant lawn is quintessentially British and should feature in every garden from a country manor house to an urban abode. The environmental benefits and the sense of wellbeing generated by a velvety grass carpet far outweigh the effort involved in creating and caring for a lawn.
When to lay turf
Creating that perfect lawn has traditionally been a job for either Spring or Autumn but turf technology has moved on in the last 2 decades and it is now possible to fit garden improvements around work commitments instead of the other way around. That means that instead of waiting until September, new turf can be laid during the summer holidays, provided that the householder can keep it well watered until it establishes.
A pristine, newly laid turf lawn looks fantastic from the minute the last turf has been installed and watered. It won’t cope with heavy footfall for the first couple of weeks but at least it will improve the view from the patio.
Laying turf in really hot weather needs a little bit of forethought. Think about working conditions and make sure you have a sun hat, plenty of sunscreen and lots and lots of water to drink, otherwise you’ll end up too ill to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Speaking from experience, I would advise anyone to prepare the ground before ordering turf and to do most of the work in the evenings or early mornings.
How to lay turf
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Order from a reputable grower and aim to have your turf delivered directly from the farm. Buying off the shelf from your local DIY store is fine in cooler weather but when the heat is on, you may find that the rolls have started to overheat before you even arrive at the shop.
It’s overheated turf that will ruin your lawn. Once it’s been harvested by the turf grower, rolled up and stacked on the pallet, there is a limited window of time to get turf put down in its new position before it starts to turn into compost. Left for just a little bit too long in the roll, the grass will turn the colour of custard; leave it a bit longer and it will literally turn to ash; Black, stinky and well and truly dead. Yellow turf will normally recover after a good watering, burnt turf never will.
As with most things in life, prevention is better than cure; so here are Q Lawns’ turf growers top tips for laying turf in hot weather.
1. Prepare the ground BEFORE your turf is delivered.
2. Buy from a reputable supplier and have turf delivered direct from the grower.
3. Start laying turf AS SOON AS IT ARRIVES.
4. Store turf in a cool dry place while it’s waiting to be laid.
5. Make turf stacks or pallets as small as possible, instead of taking turf from one pallet at a time, take some rolls from each pallet.
6. NEVER WATER TURF WHILE IT’S STILL ROLLED UP.
7. Irrigate each section as soon as it’s laid.
8. Water well every evening until roots are established.
9. Enjoy your new lawn.
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