As the spring peaks and we slowly enter the summer months landscapers, including Wiltshire Turf, are set for their most busy time of the year.
Whether you’re set to buy turf in Wiltshire or beyond, this blog post on Summer Lawn Care will guide you through the best practises and answer your FAQs.
Should I buy turf during the summer?
How often should I water my lawn?
What’s the ideal mowing height for my lawn?
Buying Turf In Summer
Turf can be purchased through the year. Turf is a resilient and durable fabric and will become established in most conditions. The only times it’s not advisable to lay turf are during hosepipe bans or, on the other extreme, water logging and snow.
First introduced in 1921, the effectiveness of hosepipe bans have frequently been called into question by environmentalists. They point out that producing a lb of beef uses 660 gallons of water. Or the equivalent of taking 32 showers.
In 1991, The Water Industry Act, made the “wasteful use of water” a criminal act. Perhaps the government would be best advised to advocate reducing meat consumption, alongside or as a primary measure, during periods of drought?
Frequency For Watering Lawn
As a general rule, landscapers typically recommend watering your lawn for an hour a day over the first week. However, as we’ve discussed, weather conditions vary, and you should increase the amount used as needed.
For this purpose, you should take care to spot check your lawn. Discolouration or signs of shrinkage at the turves are a clear indication your lawn isn’t adequately hydrated.
Just as hair grows faster during the summer, so too does turf. For this reason many fairweather gardeners increase their mowing frequency. However, this is misguided.
Allowing your lawn to grow may not be the most aesthetically pleasing result. Mowing too low, on the other hand, will scorch the soil. The result? Dehydration and discolouration.
If we didn’t address your question, or you’d like us to visit and provide a quote for your would-be lawn, call or reach out to us on our contact form today.