5 Spring Lawn Care Tips

Lawn Aeration

Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner and now your lawn has begun actively growing again you can perform some easy maintenance so it’s healthy and attractive for you to enjoy in the warm weather.

1. Mow Regularly

Like cutting your hair you know that mowing your lawn keeps it looking neat and tidy. Did you know that mowing your garden lawn regularly also helps it stay healthy though?

Setting the ideal cutting height can make a huge difference to the health and vibrancy of your garden lawn. You’ll get better results with sharp mower blades and if you really care about your garden lawn invest in a cylinder mower which offers the highest quality finish.

Between the months of March and October is when you should start mowing your lawn regularly. In spring ideally mow once per week, moving to twice per week during summer, unless it is very dry for long stretches; in which case ease off.

For the first mowing at the start of the year set the cutting height to its maximum setting and gradually reduce it each time afterwards. Avoid mowing your garden turf extremely short as this can weaken the grass and make it more susceptible to issues such as weeds, bare patches and drought.

2. Kill Moss

Moss is, unfortunately, a common problem on garden lawns, but easily remedied with a few steps.

The most critical step to keeping moss out of your garden is to keep your garden lawn as healthy as possible.

First, loosen and remove the moss with a rake and then use non-chemical bacteria-based lawn feeds that mention moss control on the packaging. Before applying the lawn feed mow the lawn fairly short and then leave it for around 10 days before mowing again.

You can also purchase dedicated moss killer products – although these are only a temporary solution and the only longterm fix is strong and healthy lawn grass to keep it at bay.

3. Feed your Lawn

Starting in March give your lawn a boost by feeding it with a spring or summer lawn fertiliser, as guided by the manufacturers instructions. Fertilisers should be applied when the soil is moist or just before rainfall is expected. After feeding your lawn it will have more vigour, be more attractive and will help prevent weeds and moss from establishing alongside it.

Lawn fertilizer products are easy to get hold of, with supermarkets carrying a lot of stock in spring to meet the demand.

4. Re-seeding

If you have bare patches on your garden lawn it’s possible to over-seed these areas in early spring so they’ll be healthy and ready for summer.

  • Rough up the dirt on the bare surface area with a garden fork so it is not compacted.
  • Sow the grass seed over the bald area.
  • Lightly rake over the seeds to mix them in with the top layer of soil.
  • Use netting if birds are a problem in your garden, to stop them eating the seeds.
  • If it’s not due to rain, water gently with a fine spray or sprinkler.

After about 10 days you should see the new garden grass sprouting.

5. Watering

Garden lawns are very hardy and can recover from dry periods – when it rains regularly you can usually leave your lawn to be watered naturally.

In the summer, during times of drought, you’ll need to water your lawn every 1 or 2 weeks to keep it green, but this can use a lot of water – as much as one person uses over a whole week. Even if your lawn starts to turn brown that doesn’t mean it completely died off – and garden lawn will recover from all but the most severe droughts.

Keeping your lawn healthy and strong using the other steps in this blog will go a long way to helping it fight a drought. When it’s very dry allow your lawn to grow a bit longer and protect itself.

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Enjoying your garden during the Coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus Gardens

If you have your own garden you don’t have to stay shut up inside all the time, sat in the dark reading the latest depressing news and statistics on your mobile until the government tell us its safe to go outside again.

Self-isolation and the Covid-19 lockdown has limited a lot of the usual activity we all enjoy as the weather starts to get warmer – but if you have a garden you can still make the most of the weather. In fact now is the perfect time to get outside work, exercise in and enjoy your own garden.

Can I still use my garden during the lockdown?

Yes – the NHS website and the government has very clearly stated that if you own a garden you can still use it, but do not invite visitors or family members round or have gatherings in your garden.

“You can use your garden, if you have one.”
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Community gardens and parks are places you should avoid, and you should only be leaving your home at all only when it is absolutely essential. By staying in your own home and garden you are both avoiding overloading the NHS and not contracting the nasty and potentially life-threatening virus yourself. Do this for the brave people working and risking their own lives on the frontlines of the health service but also for yourself and your family.

With that said, provided you are not doing so with people living outside of your household, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t make use of and enjoy everything your garden has to offer at the start of spring and summer.

Here are 4 things to do in your garden during the Coronavirus lockdown:

1. Sunbathe

Annoyingly, the sun seems to have appeared right alongside the government’s decision to lockdown the country to help the NHS deal with the outbreak.

With borders closed and planes grounded obviously holidays are completely off of the agenda. And visits to UK beaches, parks and other public places are strictly prohibited at the moment.

If you have a garden you can still soak in the sun though – lay back on your lawn, close your eyes and pretend you’re in Portugal.

2. Exercise

The government are currently allowing “one form of exercise a day” which could be a 30-60 minute run, cycle or walk. Keeping active and healthy is important for your physical and mental wellbeing however you should be sensible about this and consider the risk you are taking by leaving your home every day to exercise.

If you have a garden why not exercise there instead – there are a huge number of fitness instructers offering free workout routines through social media currently. Not only are you working out and staying strong and healthy whilst avoiding contagion but you can also benefit from the boost in morale and camaraderie of doing so online with other people.

3. Gardening

Whether you’re growing flowers or produce now is the perfect time for green thumbs. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or are just starting out; getting outside and working in your garden is the perfect way to pass time and feel productive.

Being at home all the time gives you lots of time to work in your garden, and its the perfect time of year to do so. Soft, moist soil makes weeding and garden work easier and it’s the opportune time to plant a lot of different seeds.

The recent panic-buying and supermarket shortages make growing your own food and self-sufficiency even more appealing also.

4. Renovate your garden lawn

We’re a garden turf company and so we’re obviously leading to this – it’s now the perfect time of year to renovate your garden lawn.

Garden centres and nurseries have had to close but as we sell directly online we’re still able to provide our usual services (with the exception of being able to collect yourself orders from our depot.)

Our delivery service is still operating as usual and you can order garden turf, topsoil and other garden supplies for delivery online or by calling our friendly and knowledgable team.

Whether you’re looking to replace your tired old lawn with fresh new turf rolls or just purchase some nutrient-rich topsoil to topdress and reinvigorate your existing lawn we can help you.

You’ll want to make the most of your garden whilst you’re self-isolating and pre-grown rolls of garden turf, rather than seeds, are the fastest way to do this.

We hope this has helped inspire you with some ideas of ways to use your garden to still enjoy the outdoors during the current Covid-19 lockdown. If we all stick together (at a distance of at least 2 meters) and support each other we will get through this.

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Help Your Garden Lawn After Winter

Although garden turf is very hardy and resilient, freezing weather, less sunlight and snow and ice can be difficult for a garden lawn over the colder winter months.

As the cold weather starts to subside it’s time to repair the damage done and get your garden lawn looking it’s best for the spring and summer. Here are some expert lawn tips below to help your lawn out after winter:

1. Clear Your Lawn

Fallen leaves, grass clippings and debris can smother your lawn, trap moisture and increase lawn diseases. Use a light rake or brush to remove anything covering your lawn and ensure it is dry and the sunlight is able to reach it.

2. Re-Seed Your Lawn

Due to the lack of sunlight over the winter months, it is likely that some areas of your lawn may die off, especially those in already shaded areas. 

Once the nights start to draw out and the temperature increases to where it is consistently 13°C+ – sprinkle grass seed over the patchy areas so new lawn can begin to cultivate and grow there. After 2 or 3 weeks the new lawn should start to germinate and fill in the patches.

3. Stay Off Your Lawn

Your garden lawn is more fragile after surviving the winter months – so stay off of it as much as practical when it is wet or frosty. Any blades of grass that are damaged will not repair themselves until the following spring.

Luckily the garden isn’t so tempting when it’s cold outside, so its easier to give your lawn a break when it needs it.

4. Give Your Lawn Some Air

Punch holes into the soil under your garden lawn with a gardening fork – this will relieve soil compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into your lawns root system – boosting it’s overall health and allowing it to recover more quickly.

 

We hope this short guide is helpful in caring for your lawn grass during the winter. The colder months are a quiet time for lawn maintenance, just keep the area tidy and enjoy the time off from gardening.

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Our local turf delivery service is now available in Berkshire

Great news: we’ve expanded our local delivery area into Berkshire.
For local deliveries, we utilise our own specialist fleet of garden turf delivery vehicles which allow us to offer more affordable and more convenient service to these areas.

Areas we now offer our local delivery service to include Reading, Slough, Maidenhead, High Wycombe and Twyford.

We can supply turf for both domestic and commercial customers – with orders for just 1  roll of turf up to thousands of rolls for large projects (contact us for a competitive bulk order discount.)

Here at Ivinghoe Turf our goal is to provide the freshest, healthiest lawn turf to customers, all year round. We achieve this by minimising the amount of time our rolls of turf are sat around drying out, something that is extremely harmful to garden turf.

Our secret is that our ordering system is designed so that our turf is cut and rolled from our fields freshly to order the afternoon before delivery.
We have invested in the latest high-tech farming machinery to make harvesting rolls of lawn turf extremely fast. The morning of delivery we then load our own fleet of specialist transport lorries with the turf and deliver it directly to your driveway.

We can also supply topsoil and aggregate materials into landscaping sand, ballast, shingle, and Type 1 sub-base to the Berkshire area.

For Berkshire garden turf – contact Ivinghoe Turf.

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Environmental benefits of lawn

Did you know, apart from looking attractive, there are also numerous environmental and quality of life benefits to a garden lawn?

Air Quality and Oxygen Generation

The air we breathe is created and cleansed through the process of photosynthesis. It’s not just trees that produce oxygen either – most green plants, including turf grass, take in carbon dioxide and water and use the energy from sunlight to produce carbohydrates for the plant to live from – releasing critical oxygen in the process.

A 5 square meter lawn produces enough oxygen to meet the everyday needs of a family of four.

Plants also absorb gaseous pollutants and turf grass is no exception – taking in carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride and peroxyacetyl nitrate; breaking it down and cleaning the air.

Grasses also trap dirt and dust significantly lowering the levels in the atmosphere.

Climate Control

We’ve all experienced the pleasant feeling of cool grass underfoot on a hot summers day and this is not imagined; each blade of grass acts as an evaporative cooler for itself and its surroundings by the evapotranspiration process.

Grassed surfaces scatter and absorb the sun’s heat during the day and release it slowly in the evening – moderating temperature.

Temperatures over turfed surfaces on a sunny day can be anywhere from 10 to 14 degrees cooler than concrete or asphalt.

The cooling power is quite significant – with roughly 50% of the sun’s heat eliminated through this cooling process. To put this into perspective: the front lawns of 8 average homes having the cooling power of 70 tons of air conditioning, This is one reason why urban areas feel so unbearably warm compared to their rural counterparts.

Noise Pollution

Grass absorbs noise and excessive sound; a growing problem in urban areas. Grass slopes beside a motorway have been tested to reduce noise by 8 to 10 decibels.

Erosion Control

Soil erosion is a serious issue affecting the world today – in the UK alone it is estimated that around 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil are eroded away each year by wind and rain.

Grass binds soil more effectively to the ground than any other plant due to its extensive root system. Up to 90% of the weight of grass can be found in its roots.

Healthy areas of turf have been shown to absorb 6 times as much rainfall than a similar-sized wheat field and 4 times that of a hay field.

A thick healthy lawn reduces runoff to almost zero, which in turn reduces soil erosion dramatically and helps reduce flooding.

Water Purification

Turf grass is a great water purifier as it leaches through the root zone and down into underground aquifers. Soil microbes here help break down chemicals into harmless materials.

This is so effective that rainwater filtered through a strong, healthy lawn if often 10 times less acidic than the same water running off of a hard surface such as a road.

These incredible filtration properties are so effective that they are used industrially to filter effluent water by passing it through the root zone of grass.

 

So there you have it, not only are natural garden lawns attractive and soft underfoot, but they also contribute to our health and wellbeing of ourselves, our families and our planet.

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How much does a new garden lawn cost?

Striped Lawn Turf

Before you begin laying a brand new garden lawn it’s perfectly reasonable to want to know how much it is going to cost you overall.

How much does a brand new turf lawn cost?

There are many factors that will influence the total cost of your garden lawn – obviously, the size of your garden is the most impactful, but you will also need to consider the type of turf that you are laying, whether the soil you are laying the turf on is suitable for growing healthy grass as well as whether you are laying the turf yourself or employing a professional. Unless you are collecting it yourself, you will also need to factor in the cost of delivering the turf rolls and supplies to you.

Calculate how much garden turf you need

The most important consideration when buying a new garden lawn is obviously the size of your garden.
We sell our turf in rolls that cover 1 square meter each and larger gardens will need more rolls than smaller ones.

Thankfully it’s extremely easy to work out how many rolls of lawn turf you will need using our turf calculator and instant quotation system.

Turf Calculator

Use a tape measure to get the width and length of the area you want to lay new turf onto – remember it’s always better to buy slightly more turf (we recommend 5% extra) than you need to allow for cutting and trimming to size.

Our prices are in square meter measurements but our turf calculator can easily and instantly convert your imperial dimensions into a single metric value.

Instant Turf Quote

Using the value from our turf calculator you can then get an instant and upfront quote for rolls of garden turf from our website, including delivery and VAT. We believe in being upfront and don’t conceal the delivery cost or tax from you until the last moment.

Choose the grade of turf you require

Not all grass is created equally and we usually offer a variety of different garden turf grades.
If you’re just looking for a hard-wearing family garden lawn a cheaper grade may be perfect for your needs.

However, for a more fertile lawn that stays greener all year round the cost per square meter will be higher.
Using our website you can easily compare our variety of turf types side by side and make a decision on the type that best suits your needs and budget.

Soil Quality

Plants or grass are only as good as the soil they are growing in.
If the soil you are laying your new lawn onto does not have a high enough level of nutrition you will find your lawn quickly loses it’s colour and won’t be as strong and resilient.

Topsoil is the topmost layer of soil directly beneath your garden lawn. Garden turf does not grow deep roots and so the quality of this soil is critical to the health and appearance of the lawn.

If you also need topsoil you will need to factor this into the cost of your new lawn. Topsoil can also be used to level a garden lawn for a nice flat end result.

We sell topsoil by the bag, and prices can be compared instantly, including delivery costs, on our website just like our turf.

Laying Cost

Another consideration in regards to cost is whether you are planning on laying your new garden lawn yourself or would prefer to employ a professional to carry out the work for you.

If you’re handy or green thumbed it’s perfectly possible to carry out the work yourself, although this can be hard work, especially if you are removing an old garden lawn first.

Check out our turf laying guide for some tips.

Delivery

The final factor to consider is the delivery of your turf and topsoil if required.

Garden turf and topsoil is very bulky and heavy and sometimes requires specialist equipment to deliver to you. Turf and topsoil for a large garden can often require an entire lorry to deliver.

We’re completely upfront with our delivery prices on our website – and using your postcode can give you a complete cost in seconds.
If you’re local to our farm you can save a lot of money by collecting your new lawn and topsoil yourself.

We hope you found this information helpful – but we’re always on hand to discuss your brand new garden lawn if you need a hand, just give our friendly team a call.

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Do You Have to Lay Turf Straight Away?

Turf Laying

In order to provide the best establishment of your turf, it is recommended that it is laid as quickly as possible after arriving with you. Although turf can be laid all year round, the optimal months to lay turf are January, February, March & April and usually takes a few weeks to fully establish into the soil.

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have been harvesting and supplying lawn turf to all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire for more than three decades. All of our turf is cut to order to ensure that it arrives with you as fresh as possible.

Prepare Your Garden

Prior to turf arriving, we recommend preparing your garden including removing your existing lawn, clearing your soil of debris and raking. For a full turf laying guide, see our turf laying page.

How Soon Should I Start Laying?

It is ideal to begin laying turf within 12 hours of the turf arriving at your doorstep. On hotter days, ensure that you keep the turf hidden in shade to avoid it drying out.

Local Lawn Turf Specialists

Whether you’re looking for lawn turf for decorative or practical means, we can meet your requirements.  Our turf is utilised by gardeners, house builders and landscapers to create beautiful lawns. Contact a member of our team today to discuss your specific requirements.

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iRobot’s Terra Robot Lawn Mower

For some, mowing the lawn is intensely satisfying, however, for others, it’s a time-consuming chore. Help is on the way from iRobot, the company that gave us the Roomba robot vacuum.

Its latest creation, the iRobot Terra, is a grass-cutting robot designed to autonomously trim your turf. According to iRobot, the Terra will be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba.

iRobot’s entry into the automated lawn care space is significant. It’s another signal this market is growing. The sophistication of robot mowers is also on the rise. Recently, multiple manufacturers announced that their models will soon work with Google Assistant and Alexa. They’ll boast better navigation too, thanks to onboard GPS.

Rugged Design

Much like standard floor cleaners, the Terra has a wheeled body that’s round and flat – likewise, the machine sits docked at its home base until it’s ready for action. A pair of thick rear wheels, complete with knobby tires, help the mower negotiate challenging environments outside.

Smart Technology

The Terra relies on a series of wireless beacons to triangulate its position. You’ll need to drive at least two of the thin, rod-shaped beacons into the ground to provide the Terra mower with a point of reference. Then you manually drive the Terra, via its mobile app, around the edges of your lawn. This helps the robot create a digital map of its surroundings. During this initial setup process, you also instruct Terra about areas it should avoid.

Quality Mowing

Enhanced navigation doesn’t just mean faster, more efficient mowing. iRobot says the Terra will mow in straight lines as a person would. As a result, the robot will cut grass into those attractive stripes your neighbours will appreciate. Thanks to electronically adjustable cutting heights, you can set the Terra to mow high in some places and low in others.

Lawn Turf & Topsoil Specialists

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have more than three decades of experience in growing and harvesting turf as well as delivering it across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Our garden turf is hard-wearing and quick to repair for domestic and commercial areas of all types.

To discuss your lawn turf needs with a member of our team, contact us today.

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Can You Lay Turf All Year Round?

Natural Turf

Unlike what many people think, turf can be laid throughout the majority of the year provided that your soil isn’t too hard and compact. As a company, at Ivinghoe Turf, we harvest turf all-year round.

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 however as long as your soil isn’t frozen, you can lay turf at any point.

High-Quality Turf Supplier

At Ivinghoe Turf, we have been growing and harvesting high-quality lawn turf for more than three decades. Our garden turf is suitable for decorative and practical means for your garden.

To receive instant pricing on our website, head over to our garden turf page – simply enter your required amount and postcode.

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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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