Grass Lawn Turfing – Lawn Planting

Meadow Grass to Lawn or Starting from Scratch?

Another kind of situation which can face a new home owner, is to have most, or some, of his plot of land covered with undisturbed meadow grass. Provided the ground is reasonably even, it is possible, by regular mowing, feeding and treating with selective weed-killer, to turn the grass into a very satisfactory lawn. All my lawns are from such field grass with the exception of the areas adjoining the house where I was keen to have especially good turf and where I sowed a mixture of selected fine grasses.

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Once the main features have been decided on and their positions marked out, it is possible to go ahead with grass seed sowing or turf laying at the appropriate time, but there is another way of setting about this task which has its merits. This is to sow grass seed over the whole area and then cut beds and so on. The advantage of doing things this way is that the development of the garden can proceed at a slower pace, for the grass will look pleasant as a feature in its own right.

The other way of making a lawn is by laying turves. I would recommend seed sowing whenever possible because it is cheaper, but a good lawn can be made quite quickly by this means.

Grass Lawn Turfing or Lawn Planting – Which to Choose

Out of the active growing season from early October until early March, depending on prevailing weather conditions and when the soil is workable, lawn planting may be considered and turf may be laid. There is no doubt that turfing establishes a new lawn much more quickly because it is simply the transference of the top layer of grass and roots from one place to another.  Turves root quickly into the ground and into one another provided, or course, they have been properly prepared. In a matter of months you can walk or run about on a turfed lawn.

There is, however, a question of cost and quality of turf.  Good turf is cultivated but there is also a lot of rubbish about and unless it is of good quality, free from weeds and ‘boxed’ (cut to squares or strips of equal size and of equal thickness) then you are in for a lot of trouble and extra work. Small quantities, say under 10 metres, of turf may be quite expensive for the simple reason that l0 metres takes as much carrying on a lorry as 100 sq metres and the cost of transport is high.

Turf, when supplied by a turf specialist, is usually cut by machinery and the turves may be in strips 3 feet long or measuring 12 inches square. The main difficulty is that the soil on which the turf is growing seldom matches that on which it is laid. However, this has now been overcome by using a neutral growing medium and the turf can be supplied in rolls of up to 3 metres long and l metre wide under the trade name Bravura Turf.

This is possible because the turf is grown on a strong mesh in which the roots interlock with a backing sheet. There is, therefore, no severence from the ground and the roots have been grown horizontally instead of vertically. This means that immediately the plastic backing is peeled off and the turf laid on the new growing surface, the grass roots penetrate within a matter of minutes and in twenty four hours are an inch down.

As a lawn, it may be walked or played on within five weeks of laying instead of the usual l2 to 18 months. Perhaps the biggest asset of this technique is that at the time of ordering you can specify the particular type or mixture of grasses so your lawn planting is literally made to order.

25. July 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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