Topsoil for Garden Lawn Turf

One of the most overlooked aspects of laying new garden turf is the soil beneath it. Not all soil is created equally, and good topsoil is one of the major factors affecting the health, resilience and vibrancy of your lawn going forward.

What is topsoil?

Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil directly beneath your garden lawn, where the roots of the grass will mostly be concentrated. Ideal topsoil is dark brown and porous so that it can hold plenty of moisture and air and is packed with nutrients and organic matter for your garden lawn to feast on. Topsoil usually comprises the top 13-25cm (5-10 inches) of soil directly beneath the ground.

We offer a high quality blended topsoil supplied from sugar beet fields that ensures it contains valuable horticultural properties as well as a budget screened soil which is better if you just want to level off a garden or create a raised flower bed as cheaply as possible.

The importance of high-quality topsoil can’t be overstated in its relationship to a thriving, healthy garden.

What is screened topsoil?

Screening is essentially a large industrial sieve that removes large stones and rocks from soil before it reaches you. All of our topsoil, regardless of the grade, is screened before it reaches you.

What is topsoil made from?

The British Standard BS 3882, last updated in 2015, ensures topsoil meets certain thresholds for nutrient content, extractable phytotoxic elements, particle size distribution, organic matter content, carbon: nitrogen ratio, PH balance and several other factors.

The most vital element of topsoil that will benefit the growth and health of your new garden lawn is its nutrient content. Different plants have slightly different nutritional requirements however there are key nutrients, known as macronutrients, that are widely beneficial to most plants.

Nitrogen: This is one of the most vital macronutrients found in quality soil, particularly for garden turf as it gives the blades of grass their healthy green colour. Lawn grass requires more nitrogen than any other plant nutrient.

Phosphorous: Whilst not required in as high quantity as nitrogen, a healthy level of phosphorous in soil assists plants on photosynthesizing energy from the sun. A low level of phosphorous can result in stunted growth and a darker lawn.

Magnesium: Another key nutrient for lawn turf is magnesium which again hopes in the photosynthesis process. If your lawn is looking discoloured or pale this could be due to a lack of magnesium in the soil.

Calcium: This nutrient helps your lawn grow quickly and makes it more resilient and strong. Plants with access to calcium are able to better fend off disease.

Trace amounts of sulphur, iron, zinc, copper and boron are also found in topsoil and can benefit your garden lawn.

How to keep your soil at it’s best

Tips for topsoil during wet weather

It rains a lot here in the UK and this can result in topsoil becoming overly saturated. When soil is extremely wet and is walked on it causes it to compact, as the water displaces the air and then drains away. This results in extremely dense soil that does not contain the oxygen that roots need to stay healthy.

To avoid this firstly mix in additional organic matter to soil very rich in clay, as this will provide structure and additional drainage properties. When it is exceptional wet outside avoid compacting your topsoil more than necessary by staying off of it.

Tips for topsoil during dry weather

The opposite problem is true in summer when weeks of dry, hot weather can dry out the soil and cause your turf to struggle for water. It’s easy to see if soil needs watering, all you have to do is touch it. If it feels moist things are fine and you shouldn’t water it any more as overwatering can be extremely bad for plants too.

Some tips to avoid dry soil:

  • Water your lawn in the evenings to allow the water to soak into the ground without evaporating.
  • If there is a hosepipe ban don’t worry, as long as your lawn hasn’t just been laid very recently and although it may go yellow, it should recover from dry periods.
  • Invest in a water butt if you’d like to still be able to water your lawn during droughts.

Over many seasons the nutritional quality of your soil will slowly decrease. This is both because your garden lawn is feeding on the nutrients and using them up and also because rainfall washes some nutrients further into the ground where grass roots can not reach. This is particularly a problem with nitrogen, which is drained away from the top soil more easily than other macronutrients.

How to fertilise turf

Compost or fertiliser is a great way to replenish the nutrients that your garden lawn needs. Ideally, you should fertilise your lawn at least twice a year, once in spring and once again in autumn. Over fertilising can harm your turf so be careful to read the instructions on the bag.

Follow these tips to fertilise your lawn:

  1. Maintain your lawn by removing weeds and aerating it with a garden fork, if it is particularly dry be sure to water it.
  2. Cut your grass about 4 days before applying fertiliser.
  3. Spread the fertiliser, ideally in the evening or when it is overcast, using the suggested rate from the supplier.
  4. Water the fertiliser after it is applied, this is extremely important as a high concentration of fertiliser in one area will cause it to burn your lawn. If you want to cheat try and fertiliser just before you expect it to rain as the weather will do the job for you.

How to apply compost to turf

Compost is extremely beneficial to lawn turf as it provides nutrients and improves the soil structure of the topsoil beneath your lawn. However, you can’t just dump piles of compost onto your garden lawn or you will smother and kill it.

Follow these steps to dress a lawn:

  1. Aerate your lawn with a garden fork or aerator if you have one. Aeration is basically just loosening the existing soil as compacted soil is bad news for garden lawns.
  2. Spread a very thin layer of compost across your entire lawn, you should still be able to see most of the grass after doing this. If you’ve applied the right amount your lawn should be mostly green rather than brown.
  3. Avoid walking on your lawn for a few days after you have dressed it – this will give your lawn a chance to grow around the new soil and absorb it.

We hope this helps explain what topsoil is and how it hugely benefits your garden lawn. We can supply screened topsoil and blended topsoil products alongside your order of lawn turf rolls.

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How do you remove weeds from your garden lawn?

Garden Lawn Weeds

What can you do to get rid of weeds without harming your garden lawn – find out in this article. Find out the best methods to get rid of existing weeds and prevent new ones from popping up in the future.

How to remove weeds

There are essentially two ways you can remove weeds – manually using tools or chemically with weed killers.

If you see a few weeds pop up in your garden lawn be sure to deal with them quickly as the problem will quickly spread if they are left unchecked.

Remove weeds by hand

The most straightforward way to remove weeds is just by grabbing the base of the stem, using a trowel to loosen the roots and pulling the whole thing out by hand.
Removing the roots is extremely important as if they are left in the ground the weed will just grow back.

One downside of this method is that it may leave a lump where the grass around the weed has been removed. This can be reseeded and grown back afterwards.
Another negative is that if you have a lot of weeds in your garden this process can be quite time-consuming.

Chemical Weed Killers

If you have a large garden with a significant weed problem you may consider a chemical solution to the issue. Most weed killers will selectively target specific plants or only affect broad-leafed plants. If you have a problem with a specific weed, for example dandelions, you should be able to find a herbicide that targets just this plant and leaves your lawn untouched.
Be cautious when using chemical weed killer that it will not have an adverse effect on the lawn itself – some particularly strong chemical weed killers will kill any plant they come into contact with.

Organic Weed Killers

You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to kill weeds, there are many organic and readily available methods that you can use to kill off weeds.

Salt

Salt water can be used as a natural weed killer. Be cautious with this method though and apply the salt water slowly over a period of weeks as oversalting can negatively affect your soil and cause collateral damage to your lawn.

Vinegar

You can use a highly acidic vinegar as a natural way to dry out plant leaves and kill most weeds. Ideally, you want a vinegar with a 10-20% acetic acid content.

Again be cautious not to overdo this as it can have a negative effect on your lawn, target the weeds specifically and reseed once they are dead.

Boiling Water

You can use boiling water to kill off weeds quite effectively. Boil your kettle and pour directly onto the base of the weed – keeping in mind boiling water will also harm turf. This has the advantage of the water becoming completely inert once it has cooled down. Simple reseed the area once the weed is dead. Be careful not to burn yourself whilst doing this!

A healthy lawn makes it difficult for weeds

The best defence against weeds is a thriving garden lawn. If your garden lawn is thick, mowed regularly to a medium length and well-watered there will be a lot less opportunity for weeds to sneak in. If you keep conditions perfect for lawn grass rather than other species of plants you’ll spend a lot less time weeding and more time enjoying your garden.
Bare areas of grass, compacted soil and lack of water can all cause problems with weeds.

Water your lawn regularly during drought and ensure you don’t overwater it when it’s raining as moss likes dark and damp conditions. Also, be sure to keep your lawn from getting too long and sheltering moss and weeds whilst they grow. In contrast, don’t cut your lawn too short so that your grass isn’t competing with weeds to get ahead in growing.

Use a combined feed, weed and moss killer treatment every year to give your turf a boost and keep weeds and moss at bay.

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Garden Turf in Wet Weather

Here in the UK, it rains a lot and you may be wondering what the benefits and disadvantages are to laying or caring for turf when the weather is wet.

Should you lay turf in wet soil?

You may be planning to lay turf when it’s raining to give your lawn a natural free watering or maybe you’ve ordered turf and been hit by a surprise downpour and are wondering whether to put off the job.

Laying turf during wet weather can actually be extremely beneficial, especially when compared to trying to lay it during hot summer months where you have to worry about your rolls of turf drying out the longer they are left. If it’s wet outside it gives you a lot more time to work whilst your garden lawn is in rolls, often several extra days.

Rain is usually great for gardens and plants, including turf. Garden turf should never be left to completely dry out, however, excessively muddy soil can have its own considerations.

Compacting

One of the main drawbacks to laying your turf when it’s raining heavily, apart from the fact you’ll get soaked doing it, is that the soil beneath your turf is more likely to become compacted whilst you are working.

Your garden turf is only as good as the soil it is growing in, and there are a number of factors that make for great garden soil. The optimal mix for great soil is around 1 quarter air, 1 quarter water and 2 quarters solid minerals and organic matter. When you are laying brand new turf one of your aims should be to aerate and loosen your soil, something which becomes much more difficult when it is wet.

When soil is oversaturated and muddy it is far easier to compact; every time you walk or push a wheelbarrow over it you are squeezing the soil together and pushing out the air from it. Once the soil dries again it remains compressed together which makes it much harder for the roots of your lawn to penetrate into it.

Tips for laying turf when it’s raining

    1. Spreading your weight is even more critical when it is wet – ensure you use turf laying boards.
    2. Spread some dry topsoil right before you unroll the turf if possible.
    3. Rainwater can wash nutrients vital for new turf from your soil; be sure to apply a fertiliser and lawn feed appropriate for the time of year.
    4. For small lawns, using a garden fork rather than a rotavator to aerate your soil is often more effective when it muddy.
    5. If you’re just waiting for your new turf, spread a tarp over your garden to keep it dry until you are ready.
    6. Make sure your turf is well watered even after it has been raining. If the weather gets drier and your soil drains quickly it may start drying out again.
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Preparing your lawn for winter

It’s September and, fingers crossed, we get a few more days of sunshine, however, it’s time to start considering preparing your garden for autumn and winter. No matter how attentive you’ve been to your garden lawn over the warm summer months it’s probably going to be looking a little tired after months of sunshine and using up all nutrients in the soil.

Late September and early October is the perfect time to get some tools and feed together and prepare your garden lawn for a successful winter.

What you’ll need:

– Garden Rake
– Garden Fork
– Gardening Gloves
– Autumn Lawn Food
– Grass Seeds

Clear your lawn

The first step is to rake falling autumn leaves from your lawn, 

you’ll need to keep doing this to ensure your lawn doesn’t get smothered by them.

If your lawn has patches of moss spread a mosskiller product over the lawn and leave it for 2 weeks. Some lawn feed is also a mosskiller – so you might not have to buy two separate products. 

When you are raking leaves from your lawn you’ll also be able to rake the dead moss and thatch that builds on the surface. A build-up of dead leaves and moss hinders drainage of rainwater and can encourage lawn diseases and the growth of weeds. Never rake live moss however as this will spread its spores and grow more moss; you can tell moss is dead because it will go black.

In the autumn mow your grass roughly every 10 to 14 days, different varieties of grass should be mowed to different heights but a general rule is 0.75 inches. This recommended cutting length is long enough to allow the grass to protect itself and reduce fungus growth in the snow.

Aerate your lawn

Where people and animals have walked over your lawn the soil beneath becomes very compacted which makes it harder for your turf to grow and makes it difficult for the drainage of water. Stagnant water sitting on your turf is the ideal place for weeds and moss to start growing.

Aerate your lawn by pushing a garden fork as deep into your lawn as you can and then wiggling it in the soil to create air channels in the earth. Pull the fork out and repeat this process for every 4 inches (10cm) of lawn.

If you have a large lawn a powered aerating machine can be purchased or rented to speed this process up.

Seed bare patches

If your lawn has bald patches from overexposure to sunlight or heavy foot traffic it’s now the perfect time to treat this.

Loosen the top layer of soil with a garden fork, sow grass seed over the bare area, lightly rake over the seeds to mix them with the top layer of soil and then gently water with a fine spray or sprinkler.

Don’t walk over the area and after roughly 10 days you should start to see the new garden turf sprouting.

Feed your lawn

Now you can feed your garden lawn with a bag of autumn lawn feed which will give your grass what it needs to grow stronger roots and toughen itself up for the cold winter months. Autumn lawn feed is readily available in garden centres and supermarkets or can be purchased online by simply searching “autumn lawn feed.”

It’s important to note that autumn lawn feed is not the same as spring feed or fertiliser. Spring lawn feed contains a high level of nitrogen that will encourage soft leaf growth that won’t be able to withstand frost as easily.

Water sparingly

With the weather cooling down and the number of hours of daylight dropping you can ease back on the amount that you water your garden turf. Only water your lawn if it’s looking especially dry – if there is regular rain you may not have to water your lawn at all.

Over-watering is an extremely bad thing in winter as it can freeze and damage your garden turf overnight.

Keep pets and people off

Autumn and winter is a great time for your turf to recuperate without footfall trampling it. With the weather getting colder you’ll naturally use your garden a lot less, but be sure to keep pets off of your garden lawn too to give it the best chance of strengthening and surviving the cold winter months.

Once you’ve followed all these steps your garden lawn will be strong and ready to withstand the UK winter, when spring comes next year your lawn will be lush and green much faster.

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How can I fix my yellow garden lawn?

Summer is here, and although sunshine is unreliable here in the UK it’s finally time to get outdoors and enjoy our gardens. But as you get out in your garden to BBQ, sunbathe and enjoy the British summertime you may notice your lawn is not looking it’s best.

Yellow or dry grass is a common problem with many different causes. Read on to learn what is troubling your lawn and what you can do to fix it.

1. Heat on Garden Lawn

Hot weather can quickly dry out your lawn and make it turn yellow. If this happens constantly it could be a sign that the root structure of the lawn is quite shallow.

How to fix this

Watering your lawn will bring back its colour however to tackle shallow roots you actually need to water less frequently to encourage your lawn to root more deeply. By watering thoroughly but less often the roots will grow downwards looking for additional hydration and as a result, be more able to withstand periods of drought. It’s best to do this early in the morning so that it reduces the amount of water that evaporates.

2. Dog Urine on Garden Lawn

Your dog may be your best friend but the same can not be said for your dog’s relationship with your garden lawn.

Nitrogen is important for green, healthy growth in garden lawn turf however too much of it can cause a lawn to yellow. Yellowing happens because the nitrogen burns roots and alters the pH balance of the soil.

Dog urine is the main cause of nitrogen-based lawn damage, although using too much fertilizer and not watering it deeply can also have a similar effect, as nitrogen is a component of fertilizer.

It will be obvious if dog urine is the cause as the yellow patches surrounded by greener borders are very distinctive.

All dogs that squat to urinate can cause significant grass burns as the urine is concentrated in one area. Male dogs tend to do less damage as they lift a leg and spread their urine over a wider area.

How to fix this

Fortunately, it’s usually a quick and easy fix to repair damage from dog urine – and if you wait long enough it can even resolve naturally on its own. Where there are areas of dead or dying grass: water the area deeply to flush out the extra nitrogen and salts from the surrounding soil.

3. Garden Lawn Diseases

Unfortunately, diseases affecting garden lawns are more common than people realise. If your garden turf is affected by a disease the telltale symptoms are a small yellow patch that keeps expanding into irregularly shaped patches.

How to fix this

If your lawn has been badly damaged by disease this can be one of the most difficult issues to resolve. You may need to completely renovate disease-ridden areas of the lawn with methods such as scarifying, aeration and over-seeding.

We have other guides with more detailed information on specific lawn diseases and general damage to your lawn:

How to reduce nectrotic ring spot
How to repair damaged turf

4. Lack of Nutrients for Your Lawn

One of the most common reasons for a lawn to turf yellow or brown is a lack of vital nutrients in the soil.

Garden lawn turf needs more than just water and sunlight – it also needs a mixture of nutrients to thrive.

How to fix this

Lawn fertilisers are the key to topping up your lawns nutrient levels, but be careful not to overdo it or you could risk damaging the roots with too much nitrogen.

It’s important to apply fertiliser all year round, a good system is to do it once per season following the manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Compacted Soil

If your garden lawn is discoloured is high traffic areas or where children play frequently the cause of the yellowing could be that the soil underneath your lawn has become compacted.

This prevents water from permeating the soil and getting to the roots, causing it to dry out.

How to fix this

The most straightforward way to loosen the soil is to prod it with a garden fork at regular intervals. If you have a large area with this issue or need to aerate the soil frequently you can get a specialised aerator to make the job easier for around £20-30.

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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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