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Turf & Lawn Blog

Welcome to Turf Growers Blog, you will find loads of useful information on lawn care, turfing tips and the latest news and updates on subject that may affect your turf like hose pipe bans and weather conditions.

Wondering how to get the best out of your lawn?  We have put all our lawn care knowledge and know how together in this series of blogs and articles.  Here you will find guides on looking after new and existing lawns, how to prevent and cure common lawn problems and much much more.

Browse through our articles below and don't forget to share the ones you like with your friends!

NOV
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The Garden Turf Winter Survival Guide from Turfgrowers


 Frost on your lawn: how to avoid Springtime woes through Winter damage A serene winter garden. Frost glistening on tree branches. Crisp fresh snow, robins and red berries on holly. It’s a beautiful image, and one we all hope to enjoy in our gardens this winter. But there’s more going on beneath that picturesque frost. Behind the Christmas-card vignette, your winter garden scene is hiding a worrying secret: all that ice and snow could be harming your precious lawn. Like dogs and gym memberships, lawns are not just for the festive season: it’s a year-round commitment. So how can you...
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OCT
02

Autumn Lawn Turf Care Tips Revisited

If you’ve spent the summer watching your lawn mature into a lush green paddock then you’ll find these tips handy to ensure that your good work doesn’t go to waste as the weather turns colder. Clear the debris The garden rake is the most important tool for your lawn during autumn. It might be a thankless task, but keeping your garden turf clear of debris is essential to its health – particularly if it’s newly laid. Leaving the leaves on the lawn causes damage as they rot over the wet winter, releasing pathogens which can cause disease. Don’t cut your...
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SEP
02

When to Scarify a Lawn

When to Scarify a Lawn
Scarifying generally refers to the process of cutting and removing debris from a lawn with the use of a scarifier. Raking can achieve the same results but is much more time consuming and labour intensive. Initially scarifying often has a detrimental effect on the appearance of a lawn, but if you do it correctly it should recover and look healthier than ever. It is crucial to know when to scarify so that your lawn can repair as quickly as possible following this procedure. Even if you do a good job scarifying, doing it at the wrong time of year or...
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JUN
19

Summer Lawn Issues: How to Avoid Them

Summer Lawn Issues: How to Avoid Them
There is no finer feeling than being out in the garden in the sunshine on a hot day and you want your lawn to be in tip top shape to make the most of the unpredictable British weather. Intense sunny spells can have a damaging effect on your lawn so keep it in shape and looking pristine this summer with a few useful tips to avoid any summer lawn issues. If you lawn is not getting enough natural moisture you may have a dull and tired looking lawn by the time that summer rolls around. One way to avoid this...
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APR
27
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Fighting Moss on your Garden Turf

Fighting Moss on your Garden Turf
Moss can be a lawn-ruiner if it appears in your garden, but some careful planning and care can remove it and prevent it from returning if you are vigilant.  Moss is caused by many things, it could be overuse or it the garden is new, the foundations of the garden could be poor. This could mean that the lawn turf has poor drainage or has been mowed to close. Waterlogging, shady areas and sparse coverage of turf in your garden can also encourage moss to grow and spoil the image of a pristine lawn that you worked so hard to...
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FEB
23
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Grass Turf Snow Recovery

The UK has seen unexpected heavy amounts of snow during winter time in recent years. If you want to keep your lawn looking healthy in the spring, preparation for snow is essential. If you live in an area commonly affected by snow, find out what types of turf will best stand up to the abuse of winter weather, visit our winter turf guide. During heavy snowfall a large amount of weight is placed upon your lawn in a short space of time. The turf is also starved of the light that it needs to carry out photosynthesis, and it may...
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JAN
16
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Mowing your Garden Turf

Mowing is a necessary and simple practice to keep your lawn looking pristine, but it is often performed incorrectly leading to ruptured or destroyed garden turf . Mowing may be an easy turf management process but it is one of the things most responsible for damaging lawns. There are certain things to consider ensuring you avoid abusing your turf when you mow. Avoid infrequent mowing as it leads to excessive clippings at each occasion; conversely, mowing too frequently can leave grass shorter than it should be. The height of cut is important to recognise; shorter mowing means the plant may...
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DEC
17
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Now is the time to buy your new lawn turf.

With winter in full swing and the temperatures plummeting, you may thing that waiting until the weather warms up will be a better time to re-do your lawn.  But in reality, winter is the perfect time to replace your lawn turf and to get your garden ready for the spring and summer. By completing all your renovations and having your new grass turf in place by the end of winter, you are one step ahead of everyone else who may only just be starting to do their work.  Working on your lawn in winter is perfect because you are not...
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NOV
21
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Natural Turf for Sport

  Good facilities are fundamental to creating sporting opportunities and a more enjoyable sporting environment. A quality natural turf surface improves the participation of sport from community level right through to the professional game. Synthetic turf, whilst useful for its all weather purpose, ultimately does not replicate the feel of playing on a proper grass surface. Well preserved natural turf provides sporting enjoyment for all major sports such as football, rugby and cricket; sports that can otherwise be ruined by poor playing surfaces. Spending money on a great natural surface can reduce the frustration and expense of postponing fixtures and...
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OCT
22
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Types of Lawn Turf to Withstand the British Winter

The British Winter months are notorious for being cold, wet and miserable. Fortunately, your garden turf doesn't have to suffer every year. We've put together a list of great lawn grass varieties that will still look great during the coldest winters Britain can throw at them.  Fine Fescue Turf This turf grows quickly and has the ability to blend well with other turf grass varieties. Its rapid growth means it can be a great solution to replanting lawns after you have re-done your garden as winter approaches. This turf grass is very fine - it's called Fine Fescue because it...
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JUL
16
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Summer Lawn Care Guide

Summer Lawn Care Guide
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The sun has come out, but weather forecasters still don’t seem to be ready to say whether we’re likely to have a hot summer or not. It’s even harder to know whether there will be a drought. But follow our tips for summer lawn care, and your lawn should survive whatever the weather. Keep mowing Irrigate Feed Even if the weather is dry, do keep mowing your lawn all summer. All kinds of garden turf need regular maintence to keep them looking healthy. If it rains fairly regularly, it may need doing twice a week, or even more often, so...
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JUL
09
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Lawn Rust Disease - Lawn Problems 15

Lawn Rust Disease - Lawn Problems 15
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JUN
06
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Lawn Turf Problems - Couch Grass

Lawn Turf Problems - Couch Grass
  If you’ve done a fair bit of gardening, you probably already know about couch grass,  Elymus repens , a perennial weed with spreading roots. It’s one of those that can regenerate from each little bit of root, so you really need to dig out every last bit of root, and not leave the ends behind in the turf . And the trouble with getting it into your lawn is that it can take a while to identify it as couch grass, and by then, it could have become well-established, and threaten to take over. And once it’s in the...
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JAN
15
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Looking After Your Lawn in Winter

Looking After Your Lawn in Winter
Winter Lawn Care Guide During the winter, lawn turf can really suffer from the weather . It’s particularly bad if you can’t avoid walking on your lawn, for example, if you need to get to the shed, to fill up bird feeders, or to get to a compost heap. So what can you do to protect your lawn, and give it the best chance of surviving winter unscathed? Stay off it if possible Aerate if necessary Use moss killer and repair the damage As a last resort, replace your lawn Good care throughout the year We know it’s not always...
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JAN
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Lawn Problems 11 - Ants in Your Lawn?

Lawn Problems 11 - Ants in Your Lawn?
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  You may not exactly be worried about  ants in your garden . After all, they are one of the most abundant insects on the planet, so you are almost certain to have some in your garden at some stage, and surely it’s best to live with them? They clear up crumbs and mess if you eat outdoors, and generally keep the garden tidy, so surely you can tolerate them? Well, yes, probably that’s true, but if they make nests in the lawn , then they will make a mess of it. They disturb the soil around plant roots and...
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JAN
02
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Lawn Problems 10 - Waterlogged Lawn

Lawn Problems 10 - Waterlogged Lawn
Waterlogging in lawns is a problem which tends to show up in wet winters more than any other time of year. It is when the lawn does not drain at all, and water lies on the surface of the lawn after rain. Now, having a few puddles may not seem like too much of a problem in itself, but it does lead to other problems, such as compaction of soil. And if the water lies around for a long time, the grass can actually drown because the water prevents air getting to the roots, and then moss will take over,...
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JAN
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Lawn problems (9) - Soleirolia Soleirolii

Lawn problems (9) - Soleirolia Soleirolii
  Mind Your Own Business or  Soleirolia Soleirolii No, not a problem with nosy neighbours, but a creeping perennial,  Soleirolia soleirolii  (syn . Helxine soleirolii ). It looks lovely in wall and patio crevices, spreading quickly to fill gaps, but regrows from the smallest sections of stem, and can be a nightmare to control once it gets into a lawn or borders. It forms dense bright green mats of foliage, and also has a golden form, with pretty white flowers in spring. So yes, it’s attractive, but don’t be fooled, its spread is described as ‘indefinite’ and you really, really...
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OCT
21
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Lawn Problems (8) Animals

Lawn Problems (8) Animals
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Animals in your garden can be a real nuisance. Rabbits and moles in particular can make a spectacular mess of a beautiful stretch of lawn turf, but what can you do about it? Moles Usually the first sign of mole activity is molehills in your lovely lawn, and it’s most likely to happen in late winter or early spring. But a molehill is not just a pile of soil, because it is also the visible sign of a network of tunnels. You’ll need to remove the soil before mowing, and also backfill surface tunnels to prevent them from collapsing. There...
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Snow Mould and Take-all Patch - Lawn Problems 7

Snow Mould and Take-all Patch - Lawn Problems 7
Snow mould and take-all patch are both caused by fungi, but since they’re both quite damaging to lawns, we thought it would be helpful to provide more information than was possible within the scope of the Fungi article.  Snow Mould Snow mould, or fusarium patch , is a common cause of brown patches in lawns , and is caused by a fungus, Monographella nivalis. It is a very damaging disease of turf grasses, and is very hard to control. It is most commonly found in autumn and during spells of mild weather in winter, and appears as yellowish patches of...
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Lawn Problems (part 6) Fungi and Moulds

Lawn Problems (part 6) Fungi and Moulds
Fungi can appear in lawns for a variety of reasons, and not all are a problem, although they can look unsightly. This article gives you a bit more information about the most common fungi to appear in lawns. F airy rings These fungi are often seen in lawns, and cause circular rings of dead grass or small brown toadstools. The most damaging of the fairy ring fungi is Marasmius oreades , which lives in the roots of the grass, and alters its appearance. Unfortunately, there are no chemical controls, and it’s not really worth sweeping up fairy rings, because they...
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