Turf can be laid anytime of the year - when it’s cold, when it’s wet and when it’s dry.
If you lay the turf as soon as it is delivered on your doorstep, you will rarely have a problem. But the longer you leave it rolled up, the more chance you have of ruining the pieces of turf.
Turf is a great convector of heat, especially when rolled up…so the hotter it gets outside…the hotter the turf will be. There is no rule of thumb about how long you can leave it rolled up for, as it depends on so many factors, but here are some useful tips.
Get the lawn area prepared before you order your turf. If you haven’t got that preparation completed, it can unnecessarily hold up the laying of turf.
Decide on where to store the turf before you get it delivered. Ensure access points are not being blocked and it won’t be put anywhere inconvenient.
If the sun is out, place turf in a shady area, where it can stay a bit cooler.
Don’t ever water your turf during storage. Whilst watering is essential when it’s down, watering when it is still rolled up will actually quicken up the ‘yellowing’ process.
Caring for a newly turfed lawn
Turf is a living plant. Water until established.
Apply a good feed after about 6-8 weeks, such as Harrowden Turf Rapid Roots, in order to keep up the plant health. Dwarf rye grasses like food - feeding should be a regular part in a lawn programme. (Remember, when we cut and remove the clippings, we are taking away food and water!)
Mow turfed lawns a bit longer than your old lawn. 20-30mm will keep your lawn much healthier!
Mow a little more often….
Hollow tine aerate a lawn after about 6 months (between Oct-Mar). This will allow moisture to penetrate through the lawn. It will also help soil bacteria and oxygen levels to increase.