Wherever you live in the UK, you will have seen what happens to turf when it is allowed to dry out before it is rooted into the soil; it develops scars, bald patches and blackened areas. Newly laid turf should never be allowed to dry out, so surely laying the turf on a rainy day is a good thing?
This is true to some extent. The water evaporates from the soil very slowly when it’s raining, and it means that the plants can get a sufficient drink before the moisture disappears. That said, there can be issues, especially if it’s raining heavily, and continuously.
Moisture build-up can be one of the biggest troublemakers. You have to consider whether the surface underneath the turf is dry. You don't want a situation where the turf is being put into place and immediately starts breaking down because there is far too much moisture. As a rule of thumb, if the soil feels sticky or squidgy, which is very common with clay soil, or you’re concerned about the amount of rain hammering down, it is probably going to be best to put off laying the turf for another day.
We stand by the fact that you can lay turf all year round, however, soil consistency is key. An uneven surface is difficult to fix at the best of times. If you do proceed to lay turf when it’s very wet, it’s even more critical to use laying boards because wet soil is prone to dips, uneven patches and damaged roots (when stood on). Using laying boards alleviates this risk and helps to ensure a nice even surface, but you still need to be careful of compacting the turf too much, as you may hinder results with dense and poorly-structured soil. With compacted soil, there is minimal air space between the soil particles, which restricts root growth leading to underdeveloped plants.
We’ve touched on the fact that laying turf during wet periods can be a good thing, especially if you compare it to a scorching hot day. If your soil is in good shape, laying turf during wetter weather can actually be hugely beneficial, as you don’t have to worry about it drying out, and you also have more time on your hands to lay it. With good soil preparation and consistency, it’s possible to lay your turf in most weather conditions. Even in freezing conditions, there are certain benefits; for example, turf rolls can keep for up to three days, giving you even more time to get that soil consistency spot on.
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