At Inturf, we understand the dynamic challenges that changing climate conditions can pose to turf installation and maintenance. The past few years have showcased a range of weather extremes, from freezing winters to scorching summers, making the task of cultivating and maintaining healthy turf a true test of expertise.
Let’s take a look at how these climate variations impact turf growth and explore essential strategies to ensure your turf thrives regardless of the weather.
The Climate Rollercoaster
Recalling the “Beast from the East” in 2010-2011 and the Anticyclone Hartmut storm in 2018 brings to mind the havoc wreaked by low temperatures, snow and ice. Conversely, the droughts of 2018 and 2022, along with soaring temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius, underscore the unpredictable nature of our climate. These conditions not only strain turf growth and availability but also create a domino effect, causing shortages in subsequent years as growers grapple with the aftermath.
The Power of Planning
While there’s no optimal time to lay turf during extreme weather like scorching heat or heavy rainfall, planning can make all the difference. Seek a balance in temperate and slightly changeable conditions, as seen in more favourable summer weather. Proper planning not only involves timing but also entails ground preparation. Having the area ready beforehand and utilising planks of wood to navigate through unfavourable weather conditions while laying the turf can mitigate challenges.
The Vital First 28 Days
The initial 28 days after turf installation are crucial. Turf requires substantial water during this period to establish roots and flourish. However, this necessity should be balanced against the risk of sinking into the prepared ground. To manage this delicate balance, it’s advisable to order turf in manageable quantities for urgent jobs and lay it immediately. To enhance establishment and expedite rooting, consider using TerraCottem underneath the turf, which not only aids in faster growth but also reduces watering needs by up to 50% once fully established.
Over the recent years we’ve had some scorching summers and hosepipe bans have become a recurrent concern. When this happens it’s only natural for people to hesitate when it comes to laying new turf. However, don’t let the weather deter you from achieving a vibrant new lawn. What many might not be aware of is the 28-day exemption on hosepipe bans specifically designed for newly laid turf.
This exemption recognises the pivotal role of consistent watering in the initial stages of turf growth, even during periods of restricted water use. So, while the heat might make you apprehensive, rest assured that you have a dedicated timeframe to nurture your new turf without violating any restrictions.
Maintaining Turf Amid Extremes
In exceptionally wet or dry conditions, less is often more when it comes to maintenance. Minimise foot traffic on the turf whenever possible, allowing it time to recover and thrive. This strategy prevents undue stress on the turf during unfavourable conditions, contributing to its overall resilience.
Adapting to the challenging nature of climate requires a proactive approach and informed strategies. At Inturf, we recognise the intricate dance between weather and turf health. By understanding the impact of changing conditions and implementing smart installation and maintenance practices, you can ensure that your turf not only survives but thrives.
So, whether the sun beats down or rain pours, your landscape will always exhibit the vibrant and lush beauty that you envision. Trust in our expertise and guidance to conquer the challenges posed by a changing world and watch your turf flourish despite the odds.
For more insights and solutions tailored to your turf needs, get in touch with one of our team today.