The Goldilocks effect is key to knowing when is the best time for laying turf in the UK. The temperature should be mild – not too hot and not too cold. The moisture conditions should be moderate – not too wet and not too dry. And the soil should be loose and fertile to make it easier for the roots to take hold.
Early spring or the middle of Autumn provide meet all these requirements. However, mid-autumn is generally considered to be a much better time to lay turf as there are a couple of additional factors that need to be taken into account.
- Dry Spells
Turf that is laid in spring is going to need extra watering to ensure adequate moisture in between rainy days. Dry soil is going to delay the turf from taking root. If the turf has been given the remainder of the Autumn season as well as winter to take root, repeated watering should not be necessary during spring. However, the turf may still need a moisture boost if a dry spell lasts for an extended period of time.
It is not recommended to mow a lawn until the turf has successfully taken root. Turf that is laid in Autumn is probably not going to need to be mowed until spring arrives. By this time, the roots should have taken hold and mowing is safer. Mowing lawn can prevent or delay the roots taking hold and can even lead to the turf dying so it is best to avoid mowing new turf as much as possible. If you do feel the need, then you should always mow on the highest setting, so you’re only taking the very top off the grass because otherwise, you can cause serious damage to your lawn.
During winter, the soil is going to be hard and therefore difficult to prepare. Frost spells are also more likely which make soil preparation even more difficult. Soil preparation is critical to ensuring the speedy growth and health of turf. There is nothing quite like frost to kill newly laid turf instantly. Cold, hard soil is also going to make it far more difficult for the roots to take hold. Laying turf in mid-Autumn ensures that the roots have taken hold long before any frost can do damage.
There is nothing quite like the heat from the glaring summer sun to stress or kill newly laid turf. During winter, the soil is hard and the roots will not be able to take hold. Summer and winter are therefor the worst times of year to lay new turf Loughborough. These are just a few of the key steps, but there’s, of course, plenty more you can do to prepare your lawn, such as aeration, but it’s important to check the condition of your lawn and do your homework first.