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Question: Turf


I live in Piedmont, I have prepared the ground for the turf. I can immediately go on sowing, I have to take into account the moon?

Answer: Turf


Egr. Mr. Louis
Thank you for contacting us about your turf questions via the address book.
In his e-mail the species of turf that you want to sow is not specified and in which area of ​​his garden, both elements are important to evaluate the time of sowing.
The choice of the species to be sown is of fundamental importance since the success or failure of the construction of a beautiful turf also depends on it.
The seeds to be used to obtain an elegant and practical turf are divided into 2 groups: microthermal species and macrothermal species
Micro thermal species
These are species of Gramineae of Eurasian origin. The optimal radical activity is between 10 and 18 ° C while the radical activity is maximum between 15 and 24 ° C. The most widely used species in the turf area are represented by the genera Agrostis, Festuca, Lolium and Poa.
Macrothermal species
These are species of Gramineae better adapted than the microthermal species to warm climates, preferring temperatures between 24 and 32 ° C for excellent root development. Almost all of them belong to the subfamilies Panicoideae and Eragrostideae. Compared to the microtherm species, they have a higher resistance to high temperatures compared to a lower resistance to low winter temperatures, a greater sensitivity to insect attacks and, finally, to a slower growth.
It is fundamental to carry out sowing in the best possible climatic conditions in order to allow a rapid development of the lawn and allow it, therefore, to overcome the adverse temperatures as well as to counter the settlement of pests and the development of mosses.
Grassy carpets are sown preferably in spring (macrotherm species) or in autumn (especially microthermal). In summer, in fact, too much heat and excessive evaporation would require frequent and abundant irrigation to guarantee the quantity of water necessary to carry out the vital functions of the essences; in winter, on the other hand, low temperatures are a major obstacle to germination and the development of essences.
Instead with regard to his question about sowing taking into account the moon, this should always be done in a crescent moon.