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How do I know if I’m buying good quality lawn turf?

To check if the lawn turf you’re buying is good quality before buying it, there are a few quick checks you can do, including:

Smelling it – If you’re an experienced gardener, you’ll know that satisfying, deep, earthy smell fresh plants usually have, and you’ll also recognise the acrid smell of decay and mould that poorly cared for plants have. So, trust your senses and sniff before you buy.

Looking at the rollsHigh-quality turf sold by a professional turf grower, will be rolled in strong, tidy rolls, whereas poor quality turf is usually sloppily rolled and untidily cut. So, before laying out any money, have a quick feel of the rolls and look out for an excessive amount of frayed or crumbling edges.

Checking the colour – Colour is a major factor when checking for the quality of turf rolls. If the grass is yellow and smells bad, don’t buy it. Yellow turfgrass is usually a sign of a serious lack of nutrients caused by over-watering or from leaving it lying around for too long. This sort of turf will be mouldy and weak and won’t establish, no matter what you’re provider tells you.

If the turfgrass is slightly discoloured and slightly yellowy- brown, it’ll probably be ok with a little love and attention, but the best advice is to look for turfgrass that’s deep green in colour and has a delicate shine to its surface.

Checking out the premises – When you go to look at the turf you’re thinking of buying, take a look around at the premises. Ask yourself questions, such as - Do they look like they care about the turf they’re selling? How are the turf rolls stacked. Is there a general tidiness about the place?

Asking yourself these sorts of questions will help you make your decision of whether or not to buy the turf. You don’t have to be too critical, but if a business doesn’t take pride in its premises, its often a good sign they don’t take pride in their product.

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