Laying turf this October

October is the perfect time for laying turf – the cool, damp weather will help the turf to root quickly, and with lots more rainfall the norm, there’s less watering needed. Find out more reasons why autumn is the perfect time for laying turf, with tips from Essex turf grower, Paynes Turf.

Laying turf in the autumn Paynes Turf

The turf will establish quickly

Providing the ground isn’t too wet, the autumn months are ideal for laying new turf. Cooler, wetter weather conditions are perfect for encouraging the roots of the turf to establish quickly and deeply, resulting in a strong root system, and ultimately, a stronger, greener and healthier lawn. In addition, the cooler weather is far better (and cooler!) for all the heavy work of preparing the ground, ready for laying the turf.

There’s less watering!

Autumn is usually a very wet time of the year, which is great when laying turf (although not so good otherwise!). After the initial deep watering at the laying stage, there’s usually little watering required, especially if it’s raining most days. However, keep your eye on the weather and if it stays dry you must water the new turf, or it will not establish. It’s always worth checking (just to make sure) that the new turf is getting enough water, either by rainfall or by watering with a hose, by lifting a corner of the turf to see if the water has seeped right the way through to the soil underneath. If it hasn’t, then you must water your new turf, or risk losing it!

There’s less mowing!

As grass generally begins to grow slower during the autumn, the need for mowing your new lawn will be less, leaving more time for the lawn to establish undisturbed – great news for reluctant gardeners! It’s worth noting, however, that you should still mow the lawn occasionally as this encourages growth and helps the lawn to grow stronger – so don’t keep your feet up for too long!

Great for people with pets

Unlike laying a new lawn with grass seed, you’ll only need to keep off the turf for a few days, which will keep everyone in the family happy including our four-legged friends.

Plus, your new lawn will be lush, green and gorgeous by the time the spring arrives and the BBQs begin. So order your turf online or by phone and give your garden a makeover this autumn.