21st May 2018

BLOG: Fresh Turf

BLOG: Fresh Turf

 To seed or to turf? That is the question....

Instant Lawn

Natural turf will create an instant lawn whereas sowing seeds means sometimes waiting up to 6 weeks before the patch of ground looks anything like a lawn. Also, with seeds there is much more work involved as the area requries carefully tilling of the earth and the seeds once sown require protection from the local bird life. In very dry weather it will also require constant watering.

Laying turf is a quick and simple way of changing an unslightly piece of ground into an area that looks green and gorgeous within a couple of hours! 

Simple to work out

Generally one standard piece of turf covers one square metre so it is simple to work out how much you need. Good turf  is indicated by being dark green and lush. Ensure there are no yellow patches and that the turf holds together well when handled. The soil underneath needs to be slightly damp. It's best to lay turf within 24 hours of buying it and this isn't possible roll the turf out and keep it moist until it is laid.

The type of turf you buy depends very much on how the lawn is going to be used. Will it be an ornamental lawn for playing croquet or for just admiring? Or will it have children playing football and dogs tearing about on it?

Most popular

The most popular turf for heavy use is a combination of dwarf perennial ryegrass and red fescues. Or for a finer lawn buy turf that is made purely from Fescue grass although this type of lawn will require extra TLC. Turf made from dwarf ryegrass is known for its resilence and quick recovery from heavy wear.

Although autumn is a prime time to lay new lawns because there is less likihood of the turves drying out, you can lay turf any time of the year providing you give a new lawn a good soaking once a week in dry weather.

You can generally walk on the turf within a couple of weeks and mow once the height of the grass is between 30mm-50mm high.