The Lawn Store only sells premium grade lawn turf therefore it should look fantastic and give you many years of pleasure providing it is cared for correctly from the moment it has been delivered.
Follow these steps for a great looking lawn:
- Use our turf calculator to help you work out how much you need.
- Get the ground ready before your turf arrives as turf will deteriorate quickly if left unrolled
- Remove existing vegetation
- Dig or rotovate through the soil to relieve compaction to create a workable tilth
- Add more good quality soil if required and apply pre-turf fertiliser
- Turf is a sensitive natural product which is very vulnerable to the elements especially until it is fully established.
- Always lay turf on the same day it is delivered. Deterioration time of turf will increase significantly during periods of hot weather.
- Never allow newly laid turf to dry out. This can cause gaps and browning. Water in thoroughly as soon as it has been laid. Continue regular watering at least once a day during dry weather until the turf has rooted. Ensure that the water has penetrated right through the turf and into the soil by lifting a corner and checking underneath.
- Avoid watering when the sun is very strong as this can cause scorching. Early mornings and evenings are the best times to water.
- Do not walk on newly laid turf as this could make it uneven until there is sufficient root structure. Use boards if necessary, especially when moving a sprinkler when the turf is wet and soft.
- Resist the temptation to make the initial cut until your lawn has rooted. This usually takes a few weeks but check by lifting a corner of turf to see if it has rooted. However, do not allow your lawn to get too long before the first mowing.
- Mow regularly, each time removing not more than one third of the grass height. For the first mowing, set your lawn mower to its highest setting to avoid stressing the grass. When the lawn is fully established, the height of the cut can be reduced gradually to an optimum height of between 15 mm and 35 mm. Take care to avoid scalping.
- To ensure that your lawn remains in good long term condition a regular lawn care programme should be adopted. View the range of fertilisers we stock.
- Alternatively for details of a suitable programme please contact our sister company, Lawntech Ltd.
01722 744300 – www.lawn-tech.co.uk
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Choosing the correct type of turf for your lawn can be a rather daunting task, especially when there appears to be so many different varieties to choose from. There are few things to think about before purchasing turf such as:
- Do I want a hard wearing lawn?
- Do I want a fine ornamental lawn?
- Are the kids going to be playing football on it?
- Will it be subjected to frequent use from pets?
- What will I mow with and how often do I intend to mow.
Once you have decided the type of lawn you want it is much easier to narrow down the type of turf you should be looking for. For example, if you are looking for a hard wearing sports turf which is going to be used for football or other high wear activities Tough Sport – Hard Wearing Sports Turf is grown from a mixture of hard wearing dwarf rye grasses which are often used on professional football stadiums.
On the other hand if you still require a fantastic looking dark green general purpose lawn, but are less likely to give it quite as much intense attention, you would be wise to choose a reliable all-rounder such as The Verdant – Premium Lawn Turf. Again, this contains top quality disease resistant varieties of dwarf rye grass and fescue, which is likely to perform well in a wide variety of environments, on most soil types and will tolerate being mowed with most types of pedestrian or ride-on mowers. Sometimes it is not necessary or cost effective to choose a premium brand of lawn turf, especially if cost is the restricting issue.
Even a cultivated turf such as Super Saver – Budget Lawn Turf will perform well providing it is mown regularly and cared for correctly. Budget turf is ideal for high wear lawns, especially those types of lawns which have lots of traffic from pets and children. Large amenity areas, holiday parks and municipal sports grounds can also benefit from this variety of turf.
No matter what type of turf you decide to purchase there are a few key factors that will ensure your new lawn gets off to a good start and performs well for many years to come.
The lawnstore recommends that the area to be turfed is always prepared adequately to good working practices.
This usually means rotovating the soil to at least 100mm deep and raking the soil down to create a fine, smooth, even tilth. A simple rule is that you need to get the soil as smooth and even as what you intend the final lawn to be as turf will not even out any imperfections once it has been laid. Always apply a low nitrogen pre-turf/fertiliser prior to laying. Lay turf off of boards such as scaffold planks so you don’t make the soil or turf uneven with your foot prints whilst you are laying. Do not walk on the newly laid turf until it is rooted in and ready for the first mow (usually a few weeks after laying). Do not allow the turf to dry out, always water the turf during periods of dry weather until it is well rooted. Carry out the first mow on a fairly high setting and gradually bring the mowing height down to the required level over the period of the next several mowing’s.
Once your lawn is established it is important to take good care of it.
At least once per week mowing is the best way to help your lawn stay in good condition, if this is too laborious why not consider purchasing a Robomow which will do a fantastic job of keeping the lawn regularly trimmed for you. An annual lawn care programme is the best way to keep the turf looking great all year round.
Lawntech or any other lawn care company listed on the UK lawn Care Network offer a very cost effective five times per year annual lawn care treatment programme which will give the turf a sustainable balance of fertiliser, selective weed killer and moss control at the correct times of the year.