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.
It’s June, and in the garden there are lots of jobs to do!
The weather may not be up to much, but we need to get into the garden and get planting and make your garden stand out this Summer.
Ken’s Weekly Tips – 29th June
The veg plot is doing well, but we not totally pest free. Something has got to the peas and the slugs are proving to be fond of the beans.
Ken’s Weekly Tips – Hedge Cutting Project
Don't be afraid of cutting hedges back. And with the weather we've been having, they'll soon grow back with even greater vigour.
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 – Pond clearing the easy way
Clearing this pond of several years of over growth wasn't an easy task, but the end result was well worthwhile.
The flowers have gone, but what’s left behind looks great
The flowers may have gone but the seeds on these plants are so attractive it would be a shame to cut them.