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 and even walking on your new grass for up to four weeks.
When it has taken root, you ought to ensure your lawn is dry before cutting and not cut more than a third in one go, removing any clippings when you’re finished.
The key to successful lawn management is to cut regularly, depending on the time of year. In the Spring grass will grow faster, requiring weekly mowing. Moisture is crucial- as the roots continue to grow more water will be required. Pay attention to your lawn and the weather, and give it the care it needs.
Finally, the most important factor is the quality of mowing- a clean, sharp mower blade will minimise the number of damaged grass leaves left on your lawn, lessening the possibility of disease spreading to the remaining turf.
How much is lawn turf?
New turf is an investment in the future of your garden. It’s about hitting the maximum potential your garden has, whether to impress, relax, socialise or play. A healthy, beautiful lawn is a pivot around which you can build your ideal personal sanctuary, family area and social space. Yet it is surprisingly affordable- our prices start from under £2.40 per square metre. This is cheaper than any indoor carpeting or flooring, which considering the versatility of the space you’re transforming, is great value.
How to replace turf
Replacing turf some planning and organisation, but otherwise is hassle free. Pick the right time of year- soil must be dry and frost-free, and while you can lay at any time, you should be prepared to avoid using or mowing your lawn for some time, so some prefer the autumn or winter.
There are a lot of tricks and tips to laying turf, and while we can’t summarise all of them, here are a few:
- Remove all your turf before the replacement rolls arrive- they will need to be laid as quickly as possible or will rot- keep them out of the shade and sprinkle with a little water to preserve them.
- Remove all debris such as stones from the soil where the new turf is to be laid.
- Sprinkle some fertiliser on the soil before laying.
- Use wooden boards to avoid creating footprints in your new turf.
- Avoid gaps in your new turf by laying them ‘brickwork’ style.
- ‘Tamp’ or roll the laid turf to achieve a nice flat lawn.
- Sprinkle sandy soil on the new lawn to fill in any gaps or cracks.
- Once laying is complete, avoid stepping on it for at least three weeks.
- Recycle your old turf to create loam compost- this is possibly the best & most fertile kind of compost.
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