What you need to know about laying garden turf in winter

If you are thinking about laying new turf this winter, read on to learn how to get the best results and a lawn you will be proud to show off when spring and summer come around. Ideally, mid-autumn is the best time for laying garden turf but it can be done anytime during the winter months, once the soil is not too wet or frosty.

Benefits of Laying Turf in Winter

While you may need to brave the cold weather, there are several advantages to laying turf in the winter. Firstly, you can take your time as the rolls can last a little longer in the winter, especially if there has been a frost, and will survive for around three to five days rolled. Another advantage is that you do not have to spend as much time watering the turf in winter as you would if laid in the summer when it is warmer with less rainfall.

Newly laid turf also needs time to settle, so laying it in the winter gives it enough time to establish and root for when you use your lawn in the summer.

Prepare the Ground

The first step before laying new turf is to prepare the ground. This involves clearing debris, roots, leaves and weeds from the soil. Next, you should dig down to about six inches, using a garden fork or rotavator. This helps to aerate the soil—be sure to remove any additional roots or stones. Then use a rake to level off the surface and lightly roll or thread to reveal any soft patches.

Delay If Necessary

Once your soil is ready you can start laying your turf. Check the ground at least forty-eight hours prior, to ensure it is not waterlogged. If it is too wet, you may want to delay laying the turf. Contact your supplier immediately to delay delivery. You should not lay turf on frozen soil.

Lay the Turf

Laying boards are essential when laying turf, to avoid your hard work of levelling the ground to be all for nought. Use the boards to create a path for your wheelbarrow or to kneel on when unrolling and laying the turf. You should begin laying the turf from the furthest end of the lawn. Lay a complete row and then continue in a brick layering pattern.

It is important to handle the turf with care and lift instead of dragging it into position. You can gently press any ripped pieces back into place. 

Make it Rain

Immediately after laying the turf you should water it and make sure the moisture soaks through. Even though it is winter, your newly laid turf still needs water, so check it daily to ensure the soil is not dry. You will need to water much less in the winter, but it is necessary until the roots establish.

Ask Our Experts

You most likely will not be using your lawn during the winter months but it is important to mention that you should keep off newly laid turf and never walk on frozen grass. You should also avoid heaping snow onto your new lawn. For more tips on laying turf in the winter or at any time, please visit our knowledge centre or contact us to learn more. Our team of experts at Ivinghoe Turf will be happy to assist.

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