Can You Lay Turf in Winter?
I'm sure many of those who love nothing more than spending quality time in the garden will agree that summer ends too soon. For those who did not get the chance to lay that new lawn it can be frustrating and fairly common to think that you are stuck with a worn out garden for another few months. One of the most common questions we are asked is can you lay turf during the winter time?
Can you lay turf in the winter?
Our advice is that you can indeed purchase and lay turf year round unless there is snow or ice on the ground. This makes it extremely difficult for the roots to knit into it's new environment and it is not viable for us to harvest the turf if it is frozen over.
re-turfing the garden during the winter does have it's advantages, as the cooler weather ensures that people are less likely to tread on the new turf and it will survive longer on the pallet after it has been harvested. We still highly recommend laying it as soon as possible though!
Winter garden preparation tips:
To ensure that your garden is prepared for the winter, here are some handy preparation tips that will help your plants get the best start during the springtime.
- Clear debris & rotting plants:
Having a thorough tidy up of any fallen leaves or rotting plants will not only make the garden instantly look better, it also benefits the plants by making it easier to absorb light and flourish. Any rotting plants & debris that you clear up can be added to a compost heap and reused later.
- Remove weeds:
Over the winter, nutrients and natural resources are running low. When there are weeds growing they are silently competing with your flowers for these precious minerals. Help out the flowers you have planted by removing weeds wherever they sprout up. Be sure to remove the entire root otherwise they will be back! Weeds can also grow in a compost heap so it is always best to remove them entirely from the garden.
- Add compost & mulch:
If you have a compost heap, now is the perfect time to add some to the soil to give your plants a much needed nutrient boost. You can also be used top up any garden beds that may be running lower than normal. Plus, with one batch of compost being used, you can get started with making another just in time for spring.
- Cover your crops:
If you have delicate flowers that you are eager to protect from the winter frost, you can cover these in horticultural fleece or use stakes to provide extra support if they look too flimsy or are likely to be damaged by harsh winds
- Maintain your garden tools:
As the work for the year comes to an end, now is an ideal time to clean the garden tools that have served you well all year long so they can be ready for action when spring arrives.