Spring is the best time to lay instant turf
Author: Stefan Palm Date Posted: 12 September 2018
While turf can be rolled out at any time of year, Spring is by far the best time!
With Spring in the air, you may find yourself irrisistably drawn to your garden to do some maintenance or to tackle that project you've been thinking about all winter. If you're considering putting a new lawn in, there couldn't be a better time than right now.
The combination of sunny, Spring days combined with the relitive frequency of rainy days has prooven to be excellent conditions to roll out and establish new turf.
Turf varieties such as couch, kikuyu and buffalo (most people will have one of these) grow best when temperatures consistently get over 24 degrees - essentially speaking, the warmer it is, the faster they grow. This means that the official growing season for these varieties is from September through to May making right now the start of the season.
This is good for a number for a number of reasons. It gives a maximum amount of time for the turf to establish before it experiences the heat of summer or the cold of winter - it is always an advantage for a turf to establish itself before experiencing the rigours of these temperature extremes. Another advantage is that while there is rain around, it takes the pressure off of you having to intensively water the lawn while it puts some roots in the ground. When laying turf in hot dry weather, watering is required up to 4 times a day for 3-4 weeks to ensure it doesnt dry out. Laying turf in spring may only require you to water once or twice per day. Lastly, temperatures are just right for turf establishing - not too hot and not too cold. This means the grass will be able to root in without being subject to extreme heat.
If your thinking about rolling out turf before Christmas, take advantage of these early spring days and get started now. Your lawn will love you for it!
Sir Walter BuffaloBy: David Holmes on 30 September 2018Can you please advise me if you can grow Sir Walter from plugs? Our lawn area is quite heavily shaded and competes with a large box elder and large lilypily.
Paul Munns Instant Lawn Response
Hey David Buffalo grass can be grown from plugs however you will find that it is slow in shade. The more shade you have, the slower it will spread.