Lawn Turf – Standing up to the Storm

Have you ever considered how well your turf stands up to the worst of the winter weather?  Given the extreme wet conditions we are seeing across the UK, we thought it was important to highlight the benefits of lawn turf and how it is supporting us in our fight against the floods.

Lawn turf has 3 main strengths when it comes to extreme wet weather:

1. Nature’s own sponge  – Turf has sponge-like attributes as it allows rain water to seep in through the air gaps in the soil, reducing the impact of flooding and decreasing fast water flowing over the ground.  If you think about it, these issues are particularly present in urban areas where lawn turf is not present

2. Water Quality – Turf protects our water quality by filtering it through the tufts of grass, allowing cleaner water to run off the land, in to our streams and drainages systems

3. Erosion Prevention – Turf acts like a barrier between rainwater and the soil.  It stops the impact of the rain hammering down on the soil, which causes it to break off from the ground and mix with the water that then runs off in to our streams and rivers

What Should I Do When Laying Turf Rolls in wet weather?

Rolls of turf can still be laid in wet weather; it just takes a little more care and attention. If the weather is particularly wet or the ground is soaked then it’s better to wait if possible until things dry out but if you are on a deadline then with care and attention you can still go ahead and lay our high quality lawn turf or carry out repairs .The key things to remember are:

  1. Prepare the soil correctly  – When preparing to roll out your lawn turf make sure the soil is raked through to a fine consistency.  Raking means you can level out the surface of the soil and it helps create lots of pockets of air between the soil particles so that the grass can grow.  In wet weather raking is sometimes less effective as the rain water hitting the ground may compact it again, but it is still necessary – it may just take a bit more physical effort in the heavy, wet soil!
  2. Do not walk on the soil –It is important not to press down on the soil when rolling out the turf so use wooden planks to walk on, which will spread your weight over a larger area.  It is not easy to resolve any issues with compacted soil after the roll on turf has been laid.

Once laid, the main thing is to keep off your garden lawn as much as possible during very wet and frosty weather as it can damage the grass leaves and cause ‘muddy’ patches where the grass has been trodden.

If it helps then talk to us about your needs and we can reserve your turf  in the field for you, until the weather conditions improve.

 

Should I be mowing my lawn in such wet weather?

Mowing should not really be necessary at this time of year but if the weather warms up, or you notice that your grass is growing more quickly than expected, then a mow may be necessary. Always wait for the grass to dry out before beginning to mow and do so with the blades set high. The main issue when mowing in wet weather isn’t usually damaging the quality of your turf lawn,  it is more to do with clogging your mower up – especially if using a cylinder mower!

Above all in wet weather, try and keep your newly rolled out lawn turf free of fallen leaves and debris.  A light rake will help with this and will also lightly expose the surface of your turf to the air, letting it breathe, which will help reduce the risk of disease developing.

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