Is it too hot to install instant turf?

Date Posted: 16 January 2019 

Spring and summer are popular seasons to do landscape projects around the home but it can also be a hot and dry time of year. There is a common belief that when the weather gets warm, you shouldn’t do things in the garden like laying turf.

While there is some truth to that, you’d might be surprised to learn that turf varieties like Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo love warm weather!

This means that the warmer it gets, the more they grow which makes spring, summer and autumn the best times of the year to install instant turf. So the question is – how hot is too hot to install turf?

From the perspective of the turf, it’s rarely too hot to lay turf. The exception I would make is extreme or heat wave conditions where extreme temperatures are forecast.   The thing to keep in mind is the hotter it gets, the more frequently the turf will need to be watered for the first few weeks while its establishing. For the better part, watering 3 times per day is a good frequency however this can be as much as 4-5 times per day when temperatures get really hot.   As long as the turf doesn’t dry out in the first few weeks, it will do well.  The answer to this question then is more about the person laying the turf than the turf itself.  What I mean by that is that you know your limits and how warm it will be before its tools down.

If you are considering laying turf when the forecast is hot, I have the following tips for you:

  • Always lay the turf on the day that it delivered. Turf is very perishable and won’t appreciate being left on the pallet overnight.
  • Remove any plastic wrapping on the pallet as soon as its delivered and give the rolls a spray of water to cool them down
  • Think about how you will water it before you get it delivered so that your new turf gets regular drinks during the day, even when you’re at work. This could be as simple as a sprinkler on a tap timer right through to an automated irrigation system

For your own sanity, I’d probably avoid laying turf when temperatures go north of 38 degrees unless you have an automated watering system set up. Aside from that, you’ll have no trouble laying Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo lawns in the typical spring and summer temperatures we get here in Adelaide. 

Comments (1)

Preparing bed for turf pieces

By: on 25 January 2019
My lawn soil only wets down about 10cms and it seems to dry quickly. So how do you set up your lawn bed clearing for rolls of turf please.

Paul Munns Instant Lawn Response
Hey David, If you can get moisture down to a depth of 10cm then you are doing well! We have some great advice on our website on preparing your soil for instant turf - unfortunately I can't insert a hyperlink here on this blog but if you have a look the natural turf section , you will find some really good resources. To answer your question, some soils wet and hold water better than others. To give you specific advice on your soil, I'd need to have a conversation with you. Give me a call at our store on 08 82980555 for a chat when you have time. Regards, Stefan

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