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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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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