Our turf cutting exploits have been good so far this season. We have enjoyed largely dry weather since starting work in the bog back at the end of March. Bu there is a long way to go before we get the turf saved and home. Did you know that by the time you burn the turf that there are 13 stages from the bog to fireplace?
Pairing – this refers to clearing the top layer of heather, moss and grasses from the bog
Cutting – armed with the traditional turf spade, sods of turf are cut from the bog
Barrowing – the sods of turf are piled on to the barrow
Spreading – once the sods are tipped off the barrow they need to be spread out to commence the drying process
Turning – once the sods have started to dry and develop a “skin”, then they get turned so the opposite side can start to dry
Footing – once the sods have a “skin” on every side they are arranged in teepee like formations to allow the wind to circulate around them and further assist the drying process
Clamping – once the footings of turf sods are well on the way to being dry, they are then stacked into clamps which are round shaped piles of turf. Any remaining damp turf sods are placed on the outside which helps the drying process further.
Bagging – once the turf in the clamps are all dry, then the sods of turf are put into sacks
Extraction – involves moving the sacks filled with turf off the bog and onto the trailer for the trip home
Stacking – sacks of turf are stacked in to the shed here at The Store