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.
News from Turf Growers and updates on things like Hose Pipe Bans!
MAY
09
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Tips for keeping slugs at bay

Are your plants being punished by slugs? Relief from the pesky nibblers can be hard to find. Despite our best efforts each year a huge number of UK gardens will be at the mercy of the hungry mollusc, and they’ll munch their way through a wide variety of our flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants. While many of us resort to pellets to try and dent our garden’s resident slug population, experts advise this might be counter-productive in the long term. They argue poisoned slugs mean the natural predators who, with encouragement, could clean your entire neighbourhood of slugs (hedgehogs, frogs...
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FEB
10
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How to care for your joints while out in the garden

Keeping up with those fallen leaves and twigs puts a lot of stress on your bones. Flexibility is a valuable resource, which many of us take for granted. Gardening in the colder months can mean a more exertion than normal- and though the UK doesn’t get the heavy snow or sub-zero temperatures of other countries, it can often be a shock to clean up the lawn or feed the birds in your garden. Wear the right clothing Be warm without being restrictive. While most gardeners find themselves busiest in the summer months, picking up leaves debris in the winter can...
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JAN
11
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Uses for tree debris

High winds in winter can leave your garden a tangled mess of twigs, branches and dead leaf matter. Before you sweep them all straight into the green bin, consider what they could do for you. They appear from nowhere, they’re a pain to collect. Investing in a special grabber to spare your knees and back feels like a bit of a defeat as you shuffle around the lawn with your bin liner or bucket. It’s cold, damp and gusty, and you know you’ll be back the same time tomorrow, feebly trying to keep up with the nightly twig & leave...
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DEC
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Christmas Trees: Plastic fantastic & planting pleasures.

There’s a lot to be getting on with at Christmas, and one of the first things most of us have to confront is the business of the tree. Perhaps this is because it doesn’t feel immediate or real until the tree is up & sparkling. Perhaps we think it’s the easiest step in preparing for the festive season. If the latter is the case, many will find themselves mistaken. As with most of Christmas, early each winter (or likely much earlier) we're confronted with bewildering arrays of choices, prices & styles. Plastic 'trees' continue to confound Christmas traditionalists, and more...
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NOV
02
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Turf and Dogs: What to know

The general opinion holds that man’s best friend and lawns don’t mix – so what can you do to protect your turf? As they say, prevention is better than the cure. This is true here, as dogs can do damage to grass of any type. However, a really hardy, durable turf, such as the types used on sports fields, will hold up to some of the wear and tear. Dogs running, playing or digging all year round will take a toll, so consider fencing off high-traffic areas and keep ensuring your lawn is well fed, topped up with seeds and...
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OCT
04
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Winter lawn care tips from Turf Growers

Lawn solutions: how you can keep your lawn healthy over winter. Turfgrowers is the UK’s top online bulk turf delivery service. We provide rolls of high quality turf delivered to your garden freshly cut and ready for laying. Just like the rest of us, during the winter your lawn needs to rest, and the dark, cold season tends to prevent much growth or even repair of plants. Therefore, treat your lawn to some time off over the winter, limiting your activity and mowing throughout winter. When frosty avoid walking on it entirely, while otherwise avoiding any work other than collecting...
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JUL
29
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Your top turf questions answered

Solving some turf mysteries Is turf still a bit of a mystery? We understand that tearing up your garden can seem a bit extreme, so we want you to have all the necessary information before making a commitment that will take several weeks to come to fruition. A badly-laid lawn is apparent for all to see- so ensure you do it right, and you’ll ensure you only do it once. To maintain lawn turf Maintaining a great lawn is not as hard as you might think- but having new turf is slightly more demanding. You’ll need to hold off mowing...
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MAR
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Our Top 5 Turf Facts

Turf is great! You might expect us to say that, but, before you call in the cement mixer or decide to deck over your yard, consider what a beautiful garden you could create with a crisp bright lawn. The list below show just how great turf is, and this fabulous stuff needs only the occasional trim! It’s an oxygen factory! After trees and algae, turf generates more oxygen than any other plant life on earth. Which you could say, is probably the most important favour plants do us humans. An acre of turf can provide enough oxygen for 64 people...
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MAR
15
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Unlock your Outdoor Potential Part 2

Three steps to begin transforming your garden from weeds to wonder in time for summer In our last article, we discussed the reasons you might consider reclaiming your garden from the weeds and begin its transformation into a beacon of colour and life. And while you may be sold on the benefits of a bright summer garden, you may remain a little bewildered as to where to start! It’s easy to point out that a little TLC could deliver your garden from neglect and decay, but where to begin? Here are some easy first steps to get you on the...
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MAR
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Unlock Your Outdoor Potential Part 1

Six reasons to transform your garden from weeds to wonder in time for summer Long summer afternoons, soaking up the sun on the lawn. Watching bees and butterflies dance over bright, blooming flowers. Tucking into a fresh salad pulled only minutes earlier from your luscious allotment. The simple joys that come with a beautiful garden, make the summer months an extra special time. Yet if you look out of the window and all you see is weeds, rocks & the occasional piece of long forgotten lawn furniture, this blissful vision may seem out of reach to even the greenest fingers....
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JUL
22

Real Turf v Astroturf

It used to be the case that people always preferred real turf than artificial turf. This is largely still the case but a rise in the sales of Astroturf suggests that many people require the convenience of an artificial lawn. Each have their pros and cons so here Turf Growers analyse which is better for use in home gardens. There are now several types of artificial turf available on the internet and they have come a long way in terms of looking like genuine grass turf. Artificial lawns are a way to replicate a real lawn in problem areas, such...
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MAY
13
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The Importance of Grass!

The Importance of Grass!
Grass. It’s everywhere. It’s our garden carpet, it lines our paths, it cushions our children’s falls, it covers sports fields, it’s what makes a park a park, it feeds our livestock and yet grass is taken for granted on a daily basis. Grasslands cover a massive ¼ of the earth’s land area with over 9,000 different species carpeting mountain peaks, polar regions, savannahs, jungles and making our planet liveable. Although we do not eat grass, without it, we would lose a massive food source. We can thank grass for the production of rice, corn, oats, sugar, bread, alcohol and so...
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FEB
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Choosing the Right Type of Lawn Turf

So you’ve decided to lay a new lawn. You’ve prepared the site, everything is ready, and you just need to buy turf. So off you go to a turf suppliers, but you’re faced with a choice. There are several different types of turf, and no information about which one will be right for you and your garden. So what do you do? Just read our useful guide to buying lawn turf, and you’ll be confident of choosing the right one for you. First of all, check how long your turf will be kept rolled up before delivery. Turf is not...
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OCT
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Planting Trees in Lawns

Planting Trees in Lawns
Planting one or more trees in a lawn is a very good way to break up a large expanse of turf, and also provide some shade and shelter for birds and animals. And, of course, autumn is the best time to plant trees. But how do you go about planting a tree in your lawn? 1) Choose and buy your tree There are a wide range of trees available, in different sizes, so think about what you might want before buying. Things to consider include soil type , size, and aspect, as well as whether you want something evergreen or...
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Wildflower Meadows: Pros and Cons

With wildlife gardening currently so popular, and many people asking about wildflower meadows and whether they should convert a section of their lawn to a meadow, we thought it might be helpful to provide a summary of the pros and cons of wildflower meadows, to help you make up your own mind about them. On the plus side Once established, wildflower meadows need a lot less work than a traditional lawn. For example, you don’t have to mow wildflower meadows every week during the summer. In fact, you only have to cut them once a year, and you can use...
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Autumn Maintenance of a Wildflower Meadow

Autumn Maintenance of a Wildflower Meadow
Increasingly, many gardeners are choosing to develop part of their lawn as a wildflower meadow, as well as keeping some as a beautiful patch of lawn turf. So we thought that, as well as providing advice about autumn maintenance of lawns, we should also provide a little guide to maintaining a perennial wildflower meadow. Meadows only really need to be cut once a year. When you cut a perennial wildflower meadow depends on the type of plants and flowers within it, since you basically need to cut it when flowering has finished. So if you have spring flowering perennials, then...
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Lawns for Wildlife

Lawns for Wildlife
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has launched a new initiative, called ‘ Giving Nature a Home ’, designed to encourage gardeners to think about wildlife in their gardens. The thinking behind the campaign is that as ‘wild’ habitats disappear in favour of housing, gardens become ever more important as a potential resource for wildlife. And since lawns often take up quite large parts of gardens, they’re well worth thinking about if you want to make your garden wildlife-friendly. So what can you do to make your lawn part of a nature-friendly garden? First, don’t try to kill...
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MAY
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Hose Pipe Ban Update

Hose Pipe Ban Update
21st May Update The Hosepipe Ban restrictions have been lifted by Thames Water for landscape and gardening firms and for the watering of new turf and plants for upto 28 days after planting / turf laying. The relaxation of the hosepipe ban only applies for upto 28 days after turf laying or planting. The areas covered by Thames Water include: large parts of London, Thames Valley, Surrey, Kent, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Don't forget that you dont always need a hose pipe to water turf, it can be done with watering cans and why not try recycling your water.. check out...
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MAY
14
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Hose Pipe Ban

The current hose pipe ban has been getting a lot of press recently and we the public are sceptical after we experienced the wettest April on record with 13 flood warnings and more rain predicted for May. Hopefully this article will give you a brief overview of what exactly is going on with the hosepipe ban, where and who it's affecting and what you can do to help. The rain in Summer is largely taken by plants and evaporation. The current ban is affecting approximately 20 million people in the UK in and around the South and East.  The rain...
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