How to lay turf in wet weather

We know what you’re thinking, why would anyone decide that it is a good idea to lay their turf in wet weather? Sometimes, of course, it is simply unavoidable – this is the UK after all! The good news is that laying turf in wet weather is perfectly okay to do – there are just certain things that you may need to do a little bit differently than during warm and dry weather.

So, how do you lay turf during wet weather? Let’s take a look at some of the things that you need to keep in mind during the process.

The key is in preparation

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, the trick when it comes to laying turf is to always prepare the ground and make sure that it is going to be suitable for your turf. In the summer months you are going to need to work quickly with the turf to stop it drying out, however, in the wetter months, time isn’t usually something that you need to worry about.

Make sure your soil isn’t too soggy

During wet weather your soil is going to be damper than it would otherwise be, but you should still be able to work with it without it turning into a big squelchy mess. However, if your soil is waterlogged or simply too ‘sticky’ and wet, it may be best to wait until it is in a better condition.

Put down laying boards when installing your turf

Soil is much easier to compact when it is wet, which means if you walk on it whilst turf laying then you are likely to get dips in the lawn and slower rooting of your brand new turf. A great way to avoid this from happening is to use laying boards (a wooden plank is just fine). This will help to spread out your weight as you walk around, keeping your lawn nice and smooth.

Don’t assume there is enough water

It is all too easy to think that just because it’s rainy, there’s plenty of water for your brand new lawn. Of course, wet weather means wetter soil, which will be absorbed into your turf helping it to grow. However, you still need to keep an eye on your new lawn, making sure it’s getting enough water. It needs to be watered thoroughly during the first 2-3 weeks after you have put it down, so you may still need to grab your hose or sprinkler if it doesn’t rain much during that period.

Be safe

Make sure you consider your own safety when laying turf in the rain. Laying boards can get muddy and slippery, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and try to watch your footing as much as you can.

If you need to lay turf in wet weather, we can provide you with additional advice or address any specific concerns you may have. Order your turf online or call us on 01255 830325.