Laying turf in winter

Laying turf in winter is possible; in fact it can offer great benefits. Find out how to, and the advantages of, laying turf in winter with expert advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.


The colder temperatures mean that the turf rolls will stay fresher for longer. Unlike the summer months, when turf must be laid within 24 hours, laying turf during the winter months offers a little more flexibility. Turf rolls should stay fresh outside of this window and give landscapers and homeowners more time to lay the turf, for example in case of very bad weather.

Ground preparation is easier as the soil is softer and more manageable, making it much easier to work with. Find out how to prepare the ground before laying new turf by clicking here.

A big advantage of laying turf in winter is that little to no watering is required. During warmer weather turf must be watered immediately upon laying and continue to be watered for up to two weeks. This means a great saving on time and the water bill, especially if you’re on a water meter!

In addition, the turf will have more time to establish than it normally would when laying turf during summer. This means that stronger roots will develop, resulting in a healthy, disease resistant lawn.

How to lay turf in winter

The same rules apply when laying turf in winter as they do at other times of year, with the main exception that turf should not be laid when there is frost, snow or ice present. Here at Paynes Turf we harvest our premium turf all year round (except in frosty conditions) to give our customers the option of laying a new lawn at any time of year.

Read our guide containing top tips and advice on laying turf, by clicking here.