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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.
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How to Look After New Turf

How to Look After New Turf
New turf is in some ways comparable to a new pet or a new family member. It needs a lot of TLC in the early days and must be maintained to make sure it lasts a long time. You’ll be relieved to know you don’t need to change its nappy or litter tray, but if it is not cared for and nurtured, it will die.  Many of the people who lay new turf and then go on to care for it incorrectly or not at all often blame the turf company, but the turf company didn’t kill it! Here are...
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Moss in Lawns and Turf


The unsightly and frustrating weed that reeks havoc in many of our British lawns, moss, for it's simple structure is a force to be reckoned with.   Moss can be chemically treated by moss killers which can be found at your local garden centre.  However on many occasions the moss or Bryophyta family can be found growing again.  The reasoning behind this is that moss can be caused by a number of factors which should be taken into account when first thinking about the treatment of your lawn: Has there been any water logging in either Summer or Winter? Is the...
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Mowing your Lawn and Lawn Heights

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The secret to a lush, green, healthy lawn is of course to apply regular water, feed or fertiliser, sun and regular mowing.  Mowing should be done at the right time, in the correct way to achieve the best results.   Grass is a living plant and like other plants, cutting off the growing points encourages growth from the base of the plant resulting in a more tightly woven, thicker and stronger foliage.   Cutting grass regularly multiplies the existing grass plants.  If you didn't mow your lawn at all it would be sparse and quite frankly ugly. This image shows...
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Lawn Care Calendar

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January to March These three months are quiet times in the gardening calender and indeed when it comes to caring for your lawn. The thing you can be doing is clearing your lawn of leaves.  A thick layer of rotting, damp leaves can potentially discolour and repress grass.  If the lawn becomes frozen or waterlogged try and avoid walking over it.  It is also a good time to check your lawn mower and maybe think about popping it in for a service. March  If the weather permits you can make your first cut.  Remember to set your mower blades high,...
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How to Plan a Lawn

How to Plan a Lawn
So you have decided you want to create a lawn; whether you are working with existing lawn or starting a fresh with new turf and topsoil then here is my guide to help you create your perfect lawn. Make a plan .  The word "plan" should not be underestimated here, draw your plan of what you want to achieve and stick to it! Appearance is everything.   Plan what you want the final thing to look like taking into account how you will be using that space; e.g if you have children, pets or even no use at all.  If...
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Fairy Rings in Your Lawn

Fairy Rings in Your Lawn
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Ever wondered about those small circles of mushrooms or dark circles on your lawn?  Wonder no more; all is explained in my blog about this mysterious fungi. Mainly found in established lawns the Fairy Rings are caused by solid borne fungi that naturally occur in the soil underneath a lawns suffice. There are 3 common types in the UK.   Where has it come from? Over 60 species of Fungi have been know to be the culprits of creating these curious yet magical circles.  The old wives tale of trying to dig the ring out just would not work as...
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Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Although summer is our favourite time of year in the garden, it can be the toughest time for your beloved lawn.  Hot dry weather will stress grass, especially mowed lawn grass and the increased use of the garden will cause even more wear and tear.

So what should you do to help maintain and improve your lawn through this the busiest time in the garden?

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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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Looking after Your Lawn in a Drought

A Guide to Looking After Your Established Lawn

Remember existing lawns do not need to be watered (unlike newly laid turf), even if the grass goes brown it will come grow back and go back to being green and lush.  Grass is extremely resilient and will recover when the rain eventually falls.

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Laying Turf During a Hose Pipe Ban

turf-suppliers-wateringThe recent hose pipe bans may worry you if are thinking of laying new turf or indeed wanting to keep your grass in good condition for the summer months, but dont worry.. 

Turf is tuff stuff and you can usually water it with a watering can!  Here is our guide to help you lay a new lawn in a hose pipe ban

A Guide to Help You Lay New Turf in a Drought

Newly laid turf needs regular watering (for the first 2-3 weeks) as the roots are only short and will not have bedded into the topsoil beneath to tap into the ground water.  In normal conditions rain fall may be enough to water the turf but in dry spells you will need to water it yourself. 

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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.

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