How Can I Prepare For Turf?

Lawn Aeration

Before laying your new turf, it is important that your garden is correctly prepared to ensure that you have a successful establishment of the new garden turf. Below we have listed a few steps to get you started:

Removing your existing lawn – the first step is to remove your existing turf rolls. The best way to do this is to use a spade or specialist turf cutter.

Clear your soil of debris – using a weeding tool such as a hoe, clear your soil of debris including roots, weeds and moss.

Keep a flat surface – ensure that you keep an even, firm and flat laying surface. This will stand you in good stead when it comes to laying your new turf.

Raking – Rake your soil to produce a smooth, level surface. Lightly roll or tread the surface by foot to reveal any soft patches which can then be raked level. Continue this process until the whole area is evenly firm and level – the surface should be firm but not compacted.

Your Local Turf Supplier

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have been harvesting hard-wearing lawn turf for more than three decades. From our location in Ivinghoe, Bedfordshire, we have access to all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Our garden turf is quick repairing and resistant to disease making it ideal for a number of different applications. Our turf is used by gardeners, landscapers and house builders to create beautiful lawns.

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Get Your Lawn Ready For the Spring

As the winter season passes, it is important to ensure that your garden is well maintained. With changing sun positions and decreased direct sunlight, increased shade, lower daylight hours, and lower soil temperatures, it allows the grass to become more vulnerable and difficult to repair during spring and summer seasons.

This is why it is important to ensure that your garden is getting the right tender, love and care for this winter. By keeping your garden in top shape this winter, your garden can look fresh and healthy just in time for spring:

Clean Out

In order to make sure that your lawn is able to breathe properly, it’s important to swipe up any fallen leaves every so often during the winter season. It is also recommended to cut any oversized trees or bushes beforehand, to prevent your lawn from being vulnerable in areas that are covered.

Reduce Watering

During the winter season, it is important to not over water your lawn since it can spread the risk of diseases or rotting. This is because the soil and air temperatures are reduced during the winter season.

Avoid Heavy Traffic

Avoid having any heavy traffic in your garden until the soil dries out – foot traffic and hard raking can compact or disturb soggy soil and damage tender, new grass shoots.

Lawn Turf Supplier in Herts, Beds & Bucks

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have been supplying high-quality garden turf to all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire for more than three decades. All of our lawn turf is hard-wearing and ideal for all garden types.

Contact a member of our team today to discuss your specific requirements with a member of our team.

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Commercial turf for trade customers

Did you know we also provide large volumes of turf for commercial customers?

That’s right; as well as offering first class service to individual gardens we also offer bulk discounts to commercial customers wanting large amounts of garden turf.

Garden Turf for Trade

We specialise in supplying garden turf to business customers, at discounted bulk rates that beat our already highly competitive prices per roll.

Garden turf is a living product, and so delivering high-quality rolls of lawn turf involves more than just growing the best grades possible.

The longer rolls of turf sit on a pallet the more their quality degrades, that’s why we only sell our turf cut to order.

We have a specialist fleet of vehicles that allow us to harvest and deliver turf extremely quickly, usually within a single working day.

Our friendly office team work closely with our commercial customers to ensure the optimum logistics for each project.

Trade turf rolls

Commercial Lawn Turf

Our garden turf is perfect for golf courses, sports fields, new housing developments and more.

Hard-wearing but aesthetically pleasing, a fresh garden lawn is the finishing touch a new build needs – adding value to the property and making it infinitely more appealing to potential buyers
If you’d like more information, visit our commercial turf page.

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How to Repair Your Lawn After a Drought

Due to the lack of rain and very hot conditions this summer, your lawn will have suffered. Here are a few tips to help to bring your lawn back to top condition.

Scarify Your Lawn

Scarify your lawn in order to remove some of the dead grass and give your turf a chance to breathe and regrow. This can be done using a scarifying tool, pitchfork or rake to punch holes into the soil.

Regularly Water Your Turf

It is important to regularly water your lawn following a drought. One good soak each day will suffice and improve the condition of your garden.

Mow Your Garden

When mowing your lawn in or after hot conditions, it is recommended that you keep the blades set higher in order to give the turf a better chance to grow. To encourage some growth, use a light fertiliser to provide your soil with the nutrients it needs for regrowth.

Lawn Turf Supplier

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have been supplying high-quality lawn turf to all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire for more than three decades. Our hard-wearing turf is suitable for all types of gardens and is used by gardeners, landscapers and more.

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Care For Your Lawn in the Spring and Summer

As we move in the spring and summer seasons a few considerations should be made to keep your lawn fresh and green.

Lawn Turf

Keep Your Mower at a High Setting

As the growth of your lawn lessens during this drier period, it is important to ensure your grass is cut less often with the mower set high.

Watering Your Lawn Turf

Watering is a tricky thing, often you can do more harm then good by putting the sprinkler on for only a short burst. Making sure it gets a good soak twice a week can be more beneficial.

Apply Fertiliser With Care

Be careful when applying large amounts of fertiliser or you’ll likely burn your turf and damage it

– Trim the edges to keep the borders looking crisp by removing any overextending grass

– Mulch your garden beds

– Cut back any wild growth including bushes and overhanging branches to give your garden a finished look.

High Quality Garden Turf Across Herts, Beds and Bucks

Here at Ivinghoe Turf we have been growing and supplying hard wearing, high quality garden turf to our customers across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. For more information on your requirements contact us today and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

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January Lawn Care Tips

Although during the winter months between October and February grass growth is at a minimum, there is still lawn care which can be done which can be carried out all year round.

During a period of dry days, it is a good idea to mow your lawn a small amount and gradually bring the height down over the cold parts of the year.

Aeration

Lawn aeration remains one of the most important aspects of lawn maintenance. Remove any leaves from your lawn which may be reducing the airflow in your turf.

Next punch some holes in your lawn turf using either a garden fork or lawn aerator to allow nutrients, air and water to penetrate the soil and produce a more vigorous lawn.

Lawn Aeration

Removing Dew

If you do have more time for lawn maintenance, it is an excellent idea to remove heavy dews from the lawn daily or whenever it is needed.

Damp, warm days are a breeding ground for disease on your lawn and by removing the dew this will allow the grass to dry and will help in reducing outbreaks of disease.

Lawn Turf across Herts, Beds and Bucks

Here at Ivinghoe Turf we have been harvesting and growing high quality for over 30 years. Our hard wearing range of lawn turf is perfect for various scenarios and is used by gardeners, landscapers and builders to create beautiful lawns.

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Autumn & Winter Lawn Care

Aerating Your Lawn

Unlike what many believe, the end of summer does not mean the end of lawn care for the year. Infact, some would say that the autumn and winter periods are one of the most important periods and are vital for lawn growth.

Remove Any Leaves From Your Turf

As the autumn period turns into winter, it is important to ensure that any fallen leaves are gathered and picked up to avoid any disease on your turf. Matted leaves can often block sunlight and reduce water evaporation causing mould, fungus and disease.

Aerate Your Lawn To Reduce Compaction

If the weather remains mild and dry it is possible to cut your turf to keep it tidy and healthy in this season. Aeration is also recommended using a garden fork to reduce compaction from the summer months and will increase the amount of air, water and nutrients reaching the roots.

Feed Your Lawn Turf

Once you have removed any leaves from your lawn and have thoroughly aerated throughout we recommend feeding using an autumn fertiliser. Autumn feed contains iron sulphate to get rid of moss, as well as nutrients to keep it healthy over winter.

Lawn Turf in Herts, Beds & Bucks

At Ivinghoe Turf we have been growing and supplying high quality garden turf to all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire for more than 30 years. Our variety of turf grades are suitable for all scenarios.

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Laying Turf Rolls

What is the best time of year to lay turf rolls?

Rolls of turf, unlike grass seed, provide a near instant transformation of your garden lawn.

The best time of year to lay your rolls of turf is mid-autumn due to the suitable climate and fact the soil is neither too wet or frosted over.

Turf that is laid during spring months often needs a lot of watering during the following summer.

Dry soil and mowing your lawn before the grass is fully rooted causes damage to grass and delays establishment.

The advantage over laying turf rolls rather than sowing grass seed is that you do not need to leave your lawn undisturbed for several weeks whilst the newly laid seed establishes This is perfect for a household with children or pets as the lawn is back in action within a couple of lays of laying.

What Type of Turf is Best?

The best type of turf for your lawn depends completely on your requirements.

At Ivinghoe Turf we grow a range of different turf varieties. Some are hard-wearing and perfect for the garden of an active family. Other grades of turf are more ornate and better suited to decorative gardens.

See our range of turf >

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How to Regenerate Bald Patches on Your Lawn

There are lots of different reasons for parts of your lawn to go bald – and very few of them are down to poor lawn care.

One of the most common reasons is wear and tear, closely followed by shade, pet urine and occasionally pests and diseases.  Repairs are usually easy and rarely is there any need to replace the whole lawn.

Wear and Tear

Garden Turf Wear and Tear

Frequent traffic on your turf usually results in compacted soil beneath your lawn becoming compacted which causes problems for turf health and growth.

A long term fix to this issue could be to lie stepping stones down in high-wear areas as well as rotating the heavy used areas, for example moving goal posts and garden furniture around.

In the short term the compaction can be repaired using the following:

Aerate the area

Start by aerating the area to create air holes in your garden turf. This process is vital to bringing your lawn back to health and improves drainage and reduces puddle formation.

Scarify

Once the aeration is completed scarify your lawn by raking out all dead bits of grass, roots, leaves and moss etc. to loosen up the top layer of soil. Once the area is level, sprinkle on some grass seed and water it well until your new grass is good and robust.

When your lawn is struggling in the shade

The first thing you should consider is whether you can rectify the cause of the problem. Thinning out any trees and shrubs will expose your turf to more sunlight.

If this is not possible, follow these simple steps:

  • Firstly you should rake out any debris and loosen the soil just as you would if the problems were caused by general wear and tear. The area should then be seeded using a shade tolerant grass seed.
  • Keep watering until the grass is growing strongly

If your lawn is in the shade for more than half the day:

  • Don’t cut it too short, about 5cm is the minimum length you should be aiming for.
  • Keep it fed all year round
  • Try to avoid subjecting the area to heavy usage

Here at Ivinghoe Turf we are turfing experts and have been growing and supply our very own grades of high quality lawn turf for more than three decades. Whether you are looking for a family lawn or turf able to withstand high footfall, we have the solution for you. In addition we also offer a selection of grass seeds to repair damaged areas of your grass.

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Spring Care Practices to Give You a Lush Lawn

The condition of your lawn through the early Spring period is often an indication of how it was cared for the previous year, particularly in the autumn period. Now that we have arrived in May we can now begin to improve its appearance and overall health.

Here are some tips that will help you to maintain a lush, green lawn:

Sharpen your mower blades

Although this is an extremely simple practice, it is often overlooked. Blunt blades will tear turf rather than giving it a sharp cut which can result in increased water loss making your lawn turf more susceptible to disease and can give your grass a dull appearance.

It is recommended that your mower blades are sharpened at least twice a year to ensure that your lawn is being mowed effectively.

Mow High and Often

Set your mower height to a high level and mow your turf little and often as opposed to a low cut to maintain an excellent quality lawn. In the summer period you should mow your lawn more often to keep up with the fast growth.

Mow High and Often

Leave Grass Clippings on the Lawn

Unlike what many people think leaving clippings on the lawn can return essential nutrients to your lawn and can act like an additional fertiliser application to improve growth.

Aeration

Aeration involves perforating your turf with small holes to allow for circulation. Aeration is a great way to reduce compaction and thatch build up in your turf by allowing air and water to penetrate the soil below to help the roots grow deeper and produce a stronger and more vigorous lawn. The best time to aerate is during the growing season when the grass can heal filling any open areas.

Feeding

During the growing season a balanced fertiliser should be applied every four to six weeks. A fertiliser mix with 20 percent Nitrogen, 5 percent Phosphate and 10 percent Potassium is a good basic mix for the Spring period. We recommend spreading fertiliser in two perpendicular directions will ensure that you get better coverage and prevents over applying.

At Ivinghoe Turf we are garden turf experts. From our location in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire we have easy access to all areas of the UK. We have been growing and supplying our very own selection of high quality lawn turf for over three decades.

Using our very own fleet of transport vehicles we are able to transport your turf nationwide straight to your location. Should you require more information on our turf or would like some assistance contact a friendly member of our team today.

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