It’s easy to understand that when all that is left to finish a large gardening project is to get the grass down the urge is to press ahead regardless. But turf isn’t going to grow in hot weather unless it’s sufficiently watered.
This recently turfed lawn may have to be relaid after it didn’t get watered over a hot weekend.
So save yourself some money and don’t make the same mistake – don’t turf your lawn in hot weather!
Laying turf this time of the year can be a hazardous job, and as you can see, looking across this area is just where the garden has been watered up until Friday night and then left through a hot weekend and you can see what’s happened, that the top has been completely burnt.
If we look underneath the turf, you’ll see that it’s actually quite moist, but in fact not moist enough to actually keep it alive.
Now whether it will come back or not, um, plenty of water there’s an area here that’s had a bit more water. Um, whether it will come back or not is actually debatable. And, the other problem you’ve got is that the cracks won’t always fill in again and you might have to put a screened loam or a top dressing, a lawn top dressing, over the top and brush it into the cracks.
Originally when this turf was pulled together, it was pulled together quite tight but basically it’s just shrunk as things do when they get hot and dry.
So just a little tip from me Ken Crowther, to say if you’re thinking of turfing just hang on in.
Wait until you know you got a long spell of water. You know, in other words, rain every evening or every night so that you can enjoy the sun in the day.
Preferably possibly at the moment it might be now best left to late September and early October if you’re thinking of turfing a lawn or even seeding a lawn.
Ken’s Weekly Tip – Pruning a Hornbeam hedge
With mid-green foliage with deep veins and serrated edged leaves that turning coppery-brown in autumn, you must keep on top of pruning a Hornbeam.
Gardening With Ken – It’s been a great year for the greengage
A perfectly ripe greengage is a joy to eat, and the team at Wilkin & Sons in Tiptree certainly know a thing or two about this fruit.
Ken’s Weekly Tips – 13th June
All gardens need pollinators such as bees and insects, and you'll find many are attracted to lavender. Find a suitable spot, and get some planted.
Ken’s Weekly Tips – Pennisetum – The plant that will tolerate a lot!
Pennisetum forms a compact low mound, and it produces lasting brush-like flowers in late summer, and it works brilliantly in these beds.
It’s July and time to enjoy the fruits of your labour
July is when you get to enjoy all the effort you've put in to creating in your garden so far this year, but there're still jobs that need doing.
Ken’s Weekly Tips – 9th June
Remember to train new Apricot growth because it's from here that buds will form next year which will turn into fruit for your table.