If you’re wondering whether turf can be laid in your garden this month, the answer is yes! October is actually one of the best months of the year (along with September) to lay turf, although turf can be laid year round, whether permitting.
Oddly, it is a common misconception that you cannot or should not lay turf during the later months of the year, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Now we know that October can throw all sorts of different weather at us (from boiling hot – hello Indian Summers! – to freezing cold). Provided that the soil is properly prepared and the ground isn’t frozen, there’s no reason why you can’t lay turf.
Here are some things to think about:
Laying turf during the cooler months means little watering is necessary, especially compared to the warmer weather during spring and summer. This is not an excuse to ignore the watering side all together, just make sure that it is watered after laying and that it doesn’t dry out afterwards. If it’s very windy, keep a close eye on the lawn and water it if it feels like it’s drying out. Of course, if it suddenly turns frosty, don’t walk on frozen grass as this can be damaging.
Don’t Worry About Frost
If you’ve recently laid turf or are about to and it suddenly turns frosty, don’t panic. Believe it or not, frost isn’t actually damaging to turf. If you haven’t laid the turf yet, and they come on a day when it’s freezing, you don’t have to lay the frozen turf rolls. Instead, lay them when they have thawed. Of course, if it’s not freezing, go ahead and lay the turf rolls, and do so as quickly as possible. One advantage of laying turf in cold weather is that prior to laying, the turf rolls last longer than during the summer months so you are under less of a time pressure to get them down, however you still want to lay them as soon as possible.
Don’t worry about heat
Large swings in temperature and conditions can be typical of October. If it suddenly warms up after a cold or even frosty spell, don’t worry – turf is hardy stuff and is used to surviving in all conditions. If the temperature rises, make sure the turf is watered well. And if you’re laying turf on a hot day, be sure to get it delivered early (we always aim to deliver in the am, for example), so that you have plenty of laying time during the day. Just be sure to lay it all on the same day so that the turf doesn’t dry out.
Handle The Turf Carefully
When laying turf be sure to lift, not drag, it into the correct position. Of course, sometimes accidents do happen and if you get any rips or damages whilst moving or laying the turf, just press the relevant pieces into place (easy to do, especially if it’s slightly damp). Once the turf is established, you won’t notice any difference.
If you need any extra help, ask a local landscaper to lay the turf for you.
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