Ever wondered if you can lay turf during this chilly season? This weeks tip will hopefully answer this definitive question. Read on, we will be going coldly where no one has gone before!
Being part of the subtropical zone, South East Queensland’s weather is perfect for laying turf during both Autumn and Winter. This zone rarely frosts and has an average annual lowest temperature of 10°C. Being also mild and dry in this zone means that it is perfect to lay turf any time of the year.
Winter vs Summer
Winters advantage to Summer is the cooler days. Whist during Summer, both you and your turf dry out quickly. Winter is quite the opposite, both you and your turf will stay fresher for longer. You will have to get turf down as quick as possible during Summer. Whereas in Winter you can work at a more comfortable pace. We still recommend that you lay turf on the same day in all seasons. This will avoid turf heating up on the pallet.
Water is also a major advantage for the establishment of your lawn. With Summer having hotter weather, your ground will dry out faster and you will need to water more during early establishment. Less water will be required for establishment during Winter, which will help save you and your money.
Precautions to take
A significant problem with laying turf in Winter is the longer establishment period. A lawn in Summer will be established in around 2 weeks. However during Winter it will take roughly 4 weeks. Keeping traffic and delaying your mowing schedule during this time will be key.
Weeds also thrive during Winter and a major challenge during this time will be to reduce your chances of getting them. By preparing the surface correctly before you receive your turf. You will reduce your chances of getting weeds in your new lawn. Take note that a secondary application of weedkiller 7-10 days prior to laying. This will make sure that all existing weeds will not pop up in your new lawn.
The ultimate answer to whether you can lay turf in Winter is…YES! Winter is the perfect time to lay turf.
To get some more advice on laying turf all year round or order your new lawn call our team on (07) 3114 8230. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
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