How do you measure how much turf is needed to cover an area?
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How long will turf last on a pallet?
On a hot day, freshly cut green turf will begin to yellow very quickly in the pallet due to the heat. After the first day it will turn a pale yellow, and turn deeper yellow the longer it stays in the pallet. In the hottest months of the summer turf should not be left on the pallet over two days. In cooler weather the turf will last longer. In the winter months, when the turf is cut dormant, it will last up to a couple of weeks.
If the turf does yellow in the pallet, will it survive?
Yes, if you get it installed quickly and water promptly. After the colour turns a deep yellow it will probably have to produce new blade growth to get green again. The important thing to watch is the root growth. Turf will produce root growth even if the top is not green. Watch very tiny, thin, fuzzy white shoots to indicate the turf is growing. In the summer months, you should see this growth within 3 to 5 days with proper water.
Can you install turf in the winter months?
Yes, a great deal of turf is installed during its dormant stage. The single most important step in guaranteeing its survival is to make sure it gets watered. Never let newly installed turf dry out, especially in the winter. A dry freeze is very damaging. Moisture protects in cold temperatures.
What can I do to grow turf in shady areas?
Select the most appropriate turf for your conditions (see Turf Varieties). The turfgrass should be mowed 30mm higher height than your grass growing in full sun to allow more grass blade to absorb sunlight. When grown under a tree, remember your turfgrass is competing with the tree for water and nutrients, higher fertilizer and watering rates may be necessary. Also, thinning out tree limbs throughout the tree and allowing more sunlight to filter through may be beneficial.
Is there a particular time of the day that is best for watering?
Yes, early morning water applications are best. Cooler temperatures and less wind provide for less evaporation and distorted sprinkler patterns. Night waterings may promotes disease development in your turfgrass.
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