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A great looking lawn can often finish the aesthetics of a garden, and in many cases a healthy layer of grass will be more than enough to complement even the most built-up garden space. When it comes to preparing your lawn for the months ahead, it’s not always as easy as sprinkling seeds at random or laying turf and hoping for the best. There are a range of factors to consider, such as the time of year, the season, the current weather conditions, and the amount of sunlight available for plant growth. So, when is the best time of year to lay turf or seed your lawn? read more... 22th October 2015
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A great looking lawn can often finish the aesthetics of a garden, and in many cases a healthy layer of grass will be more than enough to complement even the most built-up garden space. When it comes to preparing your lawn for the months ahead, it’s not always as easy as sprinkling seeds at random or laying turf and hoping for the best. There are a range of factors to consider, such as the time of year, the season, the current weather conditions, and the amount of sunlight available for plant growth. So, when is the best time of year to lay turf or seed your lawn?
The climate of a particular country has a tendency to differ between the North and the South, and that’s why it’s so important to gauge your local temperatures before planning to lay turf or seed. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always effective to tackle a garden during the warmest part of the year, and the height of the summer is often capable of drying out even the most durable of grass seeds.
Before laying turf or seeds, you’ll want to make sure that the temperature is right to promote growth. So, what does that rule out? Well, the peak of summer is a definite no, as the increase in temperatures can be detrimental to organic life – particularly if it hasn’t taken root yet. It’s not just the heat that can take its toll however, and excessive cold can negatively affect plant growth just as much.
Fortunately for avid gardeners, there’s a wide open period of the year that is ideal for planting fresh seeds, laying turf and promoting growth. That time of year occurs towards the end of summer, and the middle of autumn, and these weeks are typically more than enough to lay your foundations for the year ahead.
At the end of summer, temperatures usually drop by up to 6 degrees centigrade, and with a decrease in temperature comes a reduction in humidity. As soon as the humidity lowers the air will feel fresher, the ground will be cooler and water will remain within soil for much longer. It’s at this time of year that plant life can flourish by being able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures underground. Their roots can take hold without drying out, and they can extend their reach above the surface.
The same can be said of turf and grass seed; both of which will find it much easier to grow in those weeks toward the end of summer and the middle of autumn. But cooler temperatures aren’t just present towards the end of summer. The complete opposite occurs when winter is finally saying farewell, and spring steps up to the mark.
Springtime is actually one of the most ideal times to plant your seeds, as the plants will have the opportunity to grow as the temperature gradually increases before summer. Grass seeds can benefit from this time of year in particular, especially as the soil will still be firm, yet moist. Planning your germination for the beginning of spring will typically result in a summer-growth, and as long as you keep the lawn hydrated, there’s really no reason why your grass shouldn’t last for years.
So, how should you go about preparing your lawn to receive turf and grass seed in order to maximise their chances of growth? Well, it’s less about your technique and more about your soil at this time of year.
After the summer months, your soil may be dry, flaky and in need of a good watering. In severe cases, the soil may have formed solid clumps, and these deposits won’t absorb water half as easily as if they were crumbled. That’s where a pitch fork or tilling tool comes in handy. By gently turning the soil that will soon receive turf or seed, you’ll be encouraging it to break down and crumble. Once crumbled, it will be able to absorb water much more efficiently.
If you’re planning on laying turf, then turning the soil in its entirety is a good way to go. If you’re planning on laying seed within your garden however, then it may not be necessary to disrupt the growth of any grass currently thriving – instead it’s a better idea to tackle the areas where you’ll be laying your seed. With your soil turned, it’s now a simple matter of laying your turf or grass seed and allowing them to settle.
If you’ve laid turf and you’ve completed the proper steps to promote its healthy growth, then you’ll want to water it to allow the hydration to soak through efficiently. Avoid a solid stream, and opt for a sprinkler setting instead. Avoid saturating your lawn, and aim to provide an even coverage instead. The same technique will work if you’ve laid grass seed, although it’s recommended that you apply a final layer of compost or peat before watering; just to reinforce the seeds’ environment as it tries to take root.