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Winter Turfing

Posted on July 10, 2020 by Greg Pelka

One of the most common misconceptions around lawn is that Winter is a no-go zone for any kind of turf laying, lawn maintenance or turf care. Cooler temperatures do not mean that any turf related duties can be stuffed in storage until Spring shows itself, however it is important you adapt your plans to match your local seasons.

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Australian winter is quite the friendly beast compared to the rest of the world. States such as WA, NT, and QLD barely have to take note due to the temperatures simply not getting cold enough in an average Winter. NSW, VIC, SA and TAS residents should still ensure they are paying close attention to the local temperatures as frosts and cold snaps can still greatly reduce the chance of a healthy and well-established lawn.

Laying new lawn in Winter is a smart and savvy way of ensuring a lush lawn come Spring and Summer. One of the main benefits of laying new turf in Winter is the drastically lowered irrigation requirements. Both warm and cooler weather turf will be in a state or dormancy or semi-dormancy which will mean the water required for upkeep is greatly lowered. Naturally an air-tight irrigation schedule is still a necessity for the roots to establish and grow, but the water quantity can be virtually halved compared to laying in the warmer months.

Another benefit is that the new turf should be well established and growing heartily come Summer. Whilst the labour of laying turf may seem more suited to the warmer months, completing the process throughout Winter will ensure that your yard is looking lush come the warmer months, and ready for the increased foot traffic that Spring and Summer give.  If mowing isn’t a favoured chore of yours, laying in winter is also a great way to lighten the mowing load as you won’t need to mow your lawn until it has rooted and begun to really establish itself; a process which, barring an unseasonably warm Winters end, won’t happen until Spring.

Your newly laid turf not rooting immediately is not an issue in the long-term, as it will naturally begin to speed up growth once the mercury begins to rise. However, if you do have a lawn that sees very high foot traffic (young children and families in particular), you may want to be extra cautious if you do choose to lay new turf throughout the colder months as the chance of die-back will be much higher with the higher amounts of wear-and-tear.

Laying new turf in winter can be a great way to ensure a healthy and green lawn throughout the warmer months. If you take note of your local conditions and adjust your maintenance schedule accordingly, it is a fool-proof way of getting the greenest grass on the block!


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Greg Pelka

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