When it snows, there’s usually a lot of chat and conversation first, followed by a little snow and finally everyone relaxes when we realise that the snow blizzards are not nearly as strong as first thought. Sometimes however, we all get caught out and the whole experience can become rather daunting and tiring; driving becomes hard, it’s colder than we expected and work and school days are lost. For those responsible for managing and looking after turf, snow can also be a serious problem if some action and precautions are not taken.
For anyone responsible for looking after turf in a private or professional capacity, there are things that can be done to minimise problems with snow however.
Clearly it is not always possible to cover turf, but in some instances, as for specialised cricket pitches and football pitches, techniques and equipment are often put in place to enable expensive and high-quality turf to remain relatively unscathed by snow fall. If you professionally manage turf as a grounds person or in some other capacity, solutions such as over-ground covers and underground heating are always worthwhile investing in, finances allowing of course.
In a private garden where it’s unlikely that professional snow covers and underground heating is available, it makes good sense to keep off the turf as much as possible after it has snowed, especially turf that is in its first year and is trying to establish itself. It is in this early stage that turf is more susceptible to disease, damage and dramatic changes in the weather. Therefore, creating footprints could compact the snow into the turf and cause further damage. Unfortunately, damage to turf such as the development of snow moulds often don’t become apparent until after winter has passed, and so it is important to be vigilant and take action or advice when problems arise.
Using high quality turf that has been grown with the best seed and the best practices, including ensuring disease protection and the use of adequate fertiliser to make the turf grass strong, is important, especially during cold weather. You can contact Rolawn for advice about your turf problem on 0845 604 6050 or by emailing email@example.com. You can also buy turf of the best quality for your project.