If you’ve been thinking of a way to refresh the appearance of your garden, you can’t go far wrong with a luscious green lawn. It provides the perfect environment for garden parties, children playing and a beautiful relaxing area to spend your weekends.
But, if you’re choosing to update your lawn, which option is best suited for your needs – turf laying or grass seed?
Both options have their benefits, so our Nottingham turf layers have compiled a list of the pros and cons associated with each, to help you make your choices.
Benefits of Turf Laying
Turf laying is one of the quickest and easiest ways to achieve a beautifully green and full lawn. Our turf laying experts in Nottingham are on hand to provide a fast and professional service, making sure your new lawn is laid following all the correct processes.
You won’t need to worry about choosing the best grass seeds or keeping the birds away from eating them – with turf laying, you’ll have a gorgeous green lawn from day one, with little to no hassle.
Choosing a professional company such as Greendale Turf to rejuvenate your lawn will ensure that no areas are missed and that you’re left with an even, healthy lawn that will thrive for many years to come.
To find out more about our Nottingham turf laying, please get in touch, or check out our service here.
The Alternative: Grass Seed
Grass seeds provide a lot of choice in terms of placement, but it naturally will take longer for the lawn to develop. If you are struggling with a small section of your grass as opposed to your entire lawn, you can sow the grass seed in the area you want to boost.
It is very easy to lay grass seed yourself, but you do have to be mindful of how delicious they are for birds! Once your lawn turf is laid, you can enjoy your new grass from day one, without the need to watch out for birds spoiling the aesthetic.
Likewise, your grass seed lawn will need a month or so worth of aftercare including watering and feeding, whereas lawn turf is green and healthy as soon as our turf laying is complete.
Choose Greendale Turf for Turf Laying in Nottingham
If you have a garden renovation on the cards and you require fresh turf to complete your project, get in touch with the Nottingham turf layers of Greendale Turf.
To let us know of your requirements, please call 07791 525480, or click here to receive an instant quote.
In our previous blog post, we named springtime as the best time to think about laying new turf. However, there is no reason to put off you plans for new turf laying over the summer months.
Whether you are laying it yourself, or calling in our professional turf layers, there are a few extra things to consider when refreshing your garden with new turf in the warmer season. As highly experienced turf layers that are dedicated to providing a reliable service, we have compiled a list of things you may want to know if you are considering new turf for your garden over summer.
For the best quality summertime turf laying service in Nottingham and surrounding areas, be sure to call the team at Greendale Turf Supplies on 07583 502427.
Be mindful of dehydration
When laying turf in the summer, due to the hot weather, there is a slightly higher risk of dehydration. Because the sun dries out the ground at a faster rate, your new lawn turf will need plenty of water to ensure it stays healthy and thrives.
The team at Greendale Turf Supplies will make sure that the ground in which you intend have your new turf laid on is sufficiently prepared and properly treated. The turf laying process will then be carried out with plenty of water to make sure it is fully hydrated.
If you are laying our turf by yourself, be sure to lay it as close to the delivery day as you can, to ensure the warm weather doesn’t affect the quality of the turf.
Pay extra attention to the joins
If laying turf yourself in hot weather, be sure to make sure that the turf joins are properly watered. If the grass is allowed to dry out, the turf will shrink, leaving you unwanted gaps in your lawn.
After laying the turf, water it in the morning and the evening for a couple of weeks until the grass is well-rooted.
You can check that the water is reaching the soil underneath by sliding a skewer down through the grass – if it comes out dry, you should water some more.
However, overwatering can cause the base soil to become over-compacted, which makes it difficult for the new grass to root. To ensure your turf is laid to perfection, we recommend our turf laying services which are available in Nottingham and surrounding areas.
Choose professional turf laying
We recommend that if you are unsure about turf laying in summer and you want to achieve the best garden finish possible, then to choose our professional turf laying service. We are highly skilled and very experienced in the trade, so laying turf to the best standard is our speciality.
We always carry out our turf laying to ensure that your finished garden looks green and healthy, reducing the likelihood of the hot weather of summertime to cause any problems.
To find out more about our professional turf laying service in Nottingham, or to ask any questions about our turf or top soil, please call the team on 07583 502427.
If your garden is looking a little neglected, new lawn could be all you need in order to transform it into a space that can be enjoyed in the warmer seasons.
At Greendale Turf Supplies, we are experts when it comes to lawn turf in Mansfield, supplying two types of turf depending on your garden requirements.
We are dedicated to providing lawn turf that is vibrant, healthy, and will inject greenery into your outdoor space, and we’re here to tell you that there is no time like the present to book your professional turf laying.
We have compiled a list of few reasons as to why now is the best time to transform your garden with our turf laying services in Mansfield.
Ideal Weather Conditions
With early summer upon us, it is a great time to organise your new turf laying, thanks to our typical British weather!
We are usually graced with eclectic weather conditions at this time of year, which provides the ideal environment for turf to thrive. With a mixture of brilliant sunshine, and spontaneous showers, your new turf will attain all the nutrients it needs in order to take root and begin to grow.
Time at Home for Maintenance
Due to COVID-19, many of us are spending more time at home, and more time in our gardens. A good mixture of rain and sunshine creates the best foundations for your new turf to take root, but you can’t always rely on the weather.
Sometimes your turf may benefit from the occasional watering, which with extra time at home, can be seen to whenever.
It goes without saying that another way to maintain healthy turf is with regular mowing. With extra time on many of our hands, getting outside to mow the lawn is less of a chore, and more of a way to spend some being productive in the garden!
Ready for Summer
Getting your new turf organised now will mean your garden will likely be ready to enjoy when the weather start picking up in late summer. We can’t imagine anything better than a BBQ in the garden with family and friends, and it will only be better if your lawn is looking healthier than ever!
When it comes to our lawn turf laying, we offer two types of turf depending on how much usage you garden gets. We have turf that is best suited to wear and tear, perfect for homes with families or pets, and a more ornamental option. Speak to one of our Mansfield turf laying experts to find out more.
Get in Touch
If you’ve been considering refreshing your lawn for a while, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our turf layers in Mansfield today.
It is the best time of year if you want to ensure you achieve a long-lasting, healthy lawn, so get in touch with a member of our team today by calling 07583 502427, or use our online form to receive your instant quote.
Purchasing new turf can be both a big and costly decision, but once it has been laid and a few weeks have passed they’ll be impressed by the flourish of green within your garden. You will want to keep this high standard for the following months to come, to do this there are some tips we can give you to keep the new turf keep the new lawn healthy and maintain it in the following months.
Water Well and Frequently
This may seem simple advice but the number of people that fail to use a significant amount of water on newly laid turf is astonishing. Once the turf has been placed you need to water very well, the first time is so important. The grass and underneath ground needs to absorb, and watering thoroughly will soak throughout the ground so the soil below is drenched.
The turf will be also be required to have a consistent amount of water through the first phases of it being laid, ideally, you will be watering it daily for the first two weeks. However, this is very dependent on the season to decide to lay, throughout summer you may be watering it daily for the first month. Although through autumn, it may not be necessary to do it daily.
It should be moist for the first month so regularly check if it’s moist on the underneath.
Give it time
Until the roots have rooted walking on the grass should be restrained from doing, you will be able to know when this has happened when you are unable to lift up a corner of the turf easily.
Give it a few weeks also until you mow the new turf and when doing so make sure that the mower is on one of the highest cutting grades possible, this will ensure the grass isn’t cut too short giving it the best chance to grow in the future.
To maintain your lawn to the best quality fertilising will enable your lawn to keep healthy throughout the year. You can purchase fertilising spreaders that do the job for you, and using them in spring and autumn is the optimal time.
These are just some of the maintenance and care techniques you can provide your lawn, however, if you are in the position of still needing to purchase the turf or soil then you can call us and we can provide specific tips depending on the type. Our numbers are 01773760294 or 07583502427, alternatively, you can fill out our contact form.
Spot signs of worm casts on your lawn and this can be worrying and a bit of a nuisance, so you’ll want to find ways of getting rid of this problem as soon as possible. Whilst these casts can be annoying, take heart knowing you have control of the situation, and you can deal with it by taking this advice.
What exactly are worm casts?
There are many different types of earthworms and certain species eject samples of soil from their guts onto the surface of the lawn, leaving small muddy mounds behind which are known as worm casts.
Why does this happen?
Basically, the worms eat dead plant material and inadvertently swallow small quantities of soil at the same time, and this has be to be expelled somewhere. Whilst a number of earthworms get rid of this soil below ground, species such as Allolobophora use a different method and prefer to deposit the waste above ground.
Why is that a problem?
Whilst worms are good for the earth and actually help to aerate the soil, the small muddy deposits left behind on the surface of the turf can have a detrimental impact. Left as it is, and not only does it look unsightly, it becomes slimy, and can sometimes be spread across the lawn by people walking over them or running over them with a lawnmower.
Can you get rid of worm casts?
Yes, you can, there are non-chemical measures you can take to get rid of worm casts. Where possible, be patient and leave the worm castings to dry, after which you can disperse them using the back of a wire rake, moving it gently from side to side.
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We suggest you maintain your lawn throughout the year to keep it in perfect condition. If you find that your lawn has been affected by problems such as casting worms, just follow the right procedures to restore the look of the lawn.
Here at Greendale Turf, we specialise in turf supplies, and if you want to order any of our products you can do so by contacting us today using our online form or call us on 07791 525480 or 07583 502427.
Your lawn requires different types of treatment over the course of a year to keep it looking healthy and happy. Lawn aeration is one of these treatments, and it has a number of benefits. This process is usually completed towards the later stages of the year when the growing season is finished, and you have time on your hands. Ideally, this procedure needs to be completed at least once a year if you wish to maintain a healthy lawn.
What exactly is lawn aeration?
Aerating a lawn involves the use of a garden fork or a specialist machine known as an aerator to spike holes into the turf to allow air to reach the soil. This relieves the effects of compaction within the soil and makes it less dense, helping it to breathe. It also allows rain and nutrients to penetrate into the soil whilst improving drainage on the surface area. On light clay soils and sandy soils, solid spiked aerators are commonly used to aerate the lawn, whereas heavier clay soils require the use of a hollow-tine aerator, which removes ‘cores’ of earth from the lawn and deposits them back onto the lawn.
How does it benefit the lawn?
There are many advantages to spiking a lawn and it will certainly benefit your lawn if it suffers from bad drainage, premature drying or is frequently covered in moss. A few of the many benefits of lawn aeration include:
This is just a small selection of the advantages of lawn aeration. If you want to keep your turf in perfect condition, consider doing this along with other types of lawn treatments such as scarifying or over-seeding.
As specialist turf suppliers, we have the ideal types of turf for any landscaping your might be considering here at Greendale, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more details and call us today on 07583 502427.
An excess build-up of thatch on a lawn doesn’t just look unsightly, it can also damage the grass underneath and suffocate perfectly healthy turf. Lawn scarification is a good solution for this. You can perform this function as part of your regular turf maintenance and keep your lawn in the best possible shape throughout the year. Understandably, some people are scared when they hear the term scarification and think it’s going to damage their lawn. There’s nothing to be worried about though. Do this and you improve the quality of your lawn and make it green and lush.
- Improves drainage
- Reduces compaction of the earth
- Breaks down thatch
- Encourages healthy root growth and increases root depth
- Lets air, water and other nutrients reach the root system
- Helps to prevent water-logging and flooding
- Makes it easier for you to over-seed
What is lawn scarification and why does it need to be done?
Lawn scarifying removes excess thatch from the surface of a lawn by means of a specialist device. You can do this manually using a grass rake which can be hard work, or use a mechanical scarifier which you push in front of you. For larger gardens, a ride-on scarifier is a good suggestion which covers large areas in short spaces of time. This type of work is essential for removing excess thatch which can often ruin a perfectly good lawn by starving it of the nutrients it needs. During the scarification process, unwanted thatch is removed from the surface of turf to improve the function of the grass roots.
What happens during lawn scarification?
Mechanical scarifiers have adjustable steel blades that rotate as they move across the lawn. The blades are designed to cut away at thatch and remove it from the grass leaving the roots underneath unharmed. Specialist scarifiers can also aerate the soil underneath to improve the quality of the turf. As the thatch is removed, it exposes the grass to the natural light, water and environmental conditions it needs to thrive, and after a few weeks, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the quality of your lawn.
When should I scarify my lawn?
You’ll know when you need to scarify a lawn as the turf will feel spongy and you’ll see visible signs of thatch on the lawn. The ideal time to do this type of work is at the end of August until October when the soil is still warm enough to recover. Light scarification can take place in the spring but avoid completing this over the winter as you will cause more damage than good. You can complete further treatments at the same time as scarifying to help the grass to recover, including aerating the soil and over-seeding if there are sparse patches of turf.
Scarifying is a great way to maintain a healthy lawn. If you need turf supplies at any time, contact us here at Greendale using our online form or call us for advice on 07791 525480 or 07583 502427.
It’s plainly obvious we rate turf really highly here at Greendale Turf Supplies and know that a healthy lawn makes your garden look gorgeous. Did you know you can totally ruin the look of turf though, by breaking a few guidelines? Here we explain the very worst things you can do to your turf.
Not mowing enough
Fail to mow your lawn regularly and you allow the grass to grow too long which blocks the sun and prevents shorter grass from growing underneath. Tall grass is hard to mow, you will try to cut it as short as possible and this could result in the lawn looking scalped, creating bald patches here and there. Keep everything tidy by mowing the lawn once a week at least during the summer to maintain a healthy lawn.
Failing to learn a little about grass types
Understanding the type of turf you have will help if you need to order grass seeds in the future. Depending on where you live, you might have a specific type of grass, so it’s worthwhile establishing the type of lawn grass you have so you can maintain it correctly in the future.
Buying budget brand grass seed
When you are buying grass seed for your lawn don’t be tempted into buying budget brands with a view to saving money. Cheaper types of grass seed are cheap for a reason, always invest in good quality seeds and this way, you give your lawn the greatest chance of success.
Getting rid of clippings straight away
After you have mowed the lawn don’t think you have to remove all of the unwanted grass clippings straight away. Clippings start to decompose and as they do this they can provide the turf with natural nutrients. This is why a number of professional gardeners use a mulching mower when they cut the lawn which chops grass finely as it mows and distributes the waste evenly across the lawn.
Although you might think it’s a great idea to water your lawn at every given opportunity this could cause serious damage to your turf. Too much water can leave the turf soggy and make it vulnerable to fungus and other types of disease.
Here at Greendale Turf Supplies, we want you to have a perfect lawn and can help you to achieve this. We have turf to suit all requirements, simply contact us through our online form or call us today on 07791 525480.
At Greendale Turf Supplies, we’re passionate about turf and think it’s a wonderful way to achieve the garden of your dreams. It’s not often talked about, and many people assume turf is boring, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a number of interesting facts about turf that’ll completely transform how you see humble grass.
Just 1 square metre of turf will contain anywhere between 150,000 and 200,000 blades of grass.
An important source of oxygen
After trees and algae, grass is the most important source of oxygen in the world, and an acre of turf will produce more oxygen than an acre of rainforest.
Breathe in some fresh air
A 50ft X 50ft area of turf is sufficient to keep on providing enough oxygen for a family of four, and an acre of turf produces enough oxygen for 64 people every day.
The grass is green(er)!
Hundreds of pounds of fossil fuel air pollutants are absorbed by every acre of turf, helping to offset our carbon footprint and make the planet just that little bit greener. Additionally, the net carbon intake of a well cared for lawn is between 5 and 7 times greater than the carbon output as a result from mowing it.
A source of clean water
The root mass and microbes of turf help it to purify water by capturing and breaking down pollutants and filtering it all out of the water. This massive root network also prevents soil erosion and absorbs noise pollution.
Forget about the air conditioning
Turf is brilliant at having a cooling effect especially on a hot day- turf is generally 10-14 degrees cooler than tarmac and other hot surfaces in hot weather. Perfect for picnics and lazy days in the sun!
The team at Greendale Turf Supplies are on hand to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams. With turf to suit every budget and high-quality top soil, you’ll soon have a lush, green lawn. Simply give us a call on 07791 525480 or fill in our online form.
Seasonal care advice for turf
As we tentatively step into the spring our attention naturally turns to turf care as we begin to look at our lawn properly for the first time in months. Have new turf laid and you’ll want to ensure it’s full of life and vigour, here’s what we suggest at Greendale to keep your lawn lush this year.
One of the best things you can do for your turf is to mow it regularly throughout the spring and summer. This will keep your grass in good health, it’ll certainly look neater, and if you keep on top of the mowing it’ll be less of a chore whenever you head out into the garden for future cuts.
Moss is a major problem for lawns, often this is caused where turf is poorly drained. Once spring arrives this is the best time to deal with moss, take the following action plan to tackle the culprit head on.
- Mow regularly from March through to end of September
- Once a week is fine during spring, twice a week might be necessary during summer
- Avoid mowing wet grass
- On the first mow in spring, set the cutting height on the mower to its highest position
- Never cut the turf too short
Adding nutrients to your turf will encourage it to grow, enhance its life and vitality, and it should prevent moss or weeds from appearing too. The best time to apply fertiliser is when the soil is wet, if you’re canny, you can apply it just before the heavens open
- At the end of March apply fertiliser and moss killer to your lawn when the weather in dry
- In April lightly rake over the moss and remove it carefully
- If you have any sparse areas, over-seed them sparingly and gently rake the treated area
- Prevent moss from making a comeback with regular feeding and lawn maintenance
Contrary to popular belief you do not have to water your lawn every single day over the summer to help it grow strong and healthy. Over-watering can be just as damaging as not giving your turf any water at all, so look and listen to what your lawn is telling you.
- Feed mid-spring in late March or throughout April
- Add to wet soil
- Repeat the application if your turf loses its heartiness during late spring or throughout the summer
- Try chicken manure pallets as an organic alternative
- Never feed the lawn after August
If you’re as passionate about turf as we are here at Greendale you’ll want to keep it looking great at all times of the year, so follow this guide and your turf will look terrific!
- Water lawns sensibly taking into consideration the soil type, grass type and exposure to the sun
- A once a week water is usually enough, some lawns only require watering once a month
- Look for changes in grass colour which signify low moisture levels
- When you water the lawn make sure you do this deep enough for the soil type
- Water early morning and give grass time to dry, wet turf attracts diseases at night
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