Can You Lay Turf in Winter?


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Can You Lay Turf In Winter?

November 30, 2018      Turf TipsWinter Tips

Can you believe we are already talking about the winter! Gone are the daily heatwaves of September.

can you lay turf during the winter?

The straight answer is yes, you absolutely can lay turf during colder months, except on frozen ground. It’s a well-known but misplaced conception that you should not be laying turf during the winter.

In-fact there are many advantages to doing so, you just need ensure you are fully ready and prepped! We’ve outlined a few keys facts below.  

How to prepare the ground for turf.

  • The grounds current condition, ensure there is suitable drainage ideally you would like it damp and not waterlogged – see /blog/how-does-rain-affect-the-laying-of-turf- for more information on this and how to help if it is waterlogged! For example, mixing in some dry soil to the existing topsoil.
  • Be sure that the soil is not compacted, crumbly ground is the best way to judge!

Will the Frost affect my turf?

  • Frost IS NOT damaging to your existing lawn, it’s no different than if you were to freeze food in your freezer at home then defrost it
  • Although you cannot lay on frozen ground, the ground freezing after the turf is laid will not cause any damage or lifting of the turf
  • Frozen turf rolls can and do keep for a longer period – reducing the time pressure to get them down!

Things to be aware of when laying turf in winter

  • Although low maintenance in respect to watering you need to be aware that the windier days can dry the lawn so just ensure you are keeping a close eye on this
  • Walking on frozen grass can be damaging
  • Handle with care – the defrosting process will cause the turf to be damp so when carrying, do so with care not to cause any damage
  • If damage occurs when damp, such as rips and tears it will be easier to press back together when damp, this will allow the lawn to establish evenly.

Advantages to laying turf late in the year

  • Your turf will be already established and (hopefully) flourishing by the time spring comes around, leaving lots of time for all the springtime garden jobs
  • The roots will be established and stronger so less much less maintenance then if you were to lay in the spring!

So, you see, it’s a win-win situation to lay turf in the winter, to begin with the upkeep is much less than what it would be like laying during the warmer months with the watering. By the spring the lawn is already thriving removing the pressure of getting your lawn prepped ready for summer!& Much more time to enjoy the weather.


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