How to lay a lawn during summer
It’s possible to lay turf at any time of the year, except when there is frost or snow on the ground. However care should be taken when laying a lawn during the hot, dry summer months, to ensure that the turf doesn’t dry out. Find out how to lay a lawn in summer with advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
The key to successfully lay a lawn during a hot, dry summer is to keep the turf moist before, during, and after installation. When you order turf from us it will be cut the day before delivery to ensure that it is fresh when it arrives on site. This means that you should only order your turf when you are ready to lay it. Aim to have the turf delivered in the morning so you can complete the job on the same day.
Turf tends to dry out very quickly when the weather is warm and this could result in cracked, yellowing turf that deteriorates rapidly. Follow our recommendations below on how to lay a lawn in summer:
- Water the ground thoroughly the day before your turf is delivered, to ensure the new turf has a moist base on which to root.
- To make sure the turf rolls stay moist during the laying process, water each one as soon as it’s been laid, and then lay the next one.
- Make sure the edges of the turf are moist, to avoid curling.
- If the area to be turfed is large, water the lawn half way through the laying process.
- As soon as you’ve finished laying the turf, water it thoroughly making sure that the water reaches the roots of the turf. Check this by lifting a corner of the turf to see if the water has seeped through, and then place the turf back down.
- Water the newly laid turf every morning (and evening if the weather is extremely warm), until the roots have firmly established.
- Note that if the weather is wet, you should not need to water the turf.
Top turf tip – be careful that you don’t over water the turf as the roots could become waterlogged and the grass will die. Always water as and when required.