seed or turf?

How should you go about creating a new lawn? Turfing? Or seeding? I’ve written about this before, but I think it’s quite timely to remind you of the main arguments for each method.

There certainly are some arguments for seeding rather than turfing. But although this is a cheaper option than using roll-out turf, there are distinct disadvantages which should be considered carefully.

If you’re planning ahead now and thinking of seeding in spring – say early May – the first shoots can appear quickly, but you won’t have much resembling good grass cover for around two months.

After a few months when your lawn starts to bind, you’ll almost certainly see some sparse patches with various kinds of weed growing there. So you’ll need to allow plenty of time to attend to these problems.

The main benefits of using turf rather than seed to produce a new lawn are twofold: speed and certainty of even establishment and coverage. A seeded lawn gives you no guarantee that all of the seeds will germinate, so it might be a year, perhaps longer, before you’ll have anything resembling a lawn.

With turf lawn, you don’t have to bear any of the burden of uncertainty or risk when it comes to ground preparation, sowing, fertilising, spraying, watering, rolling and mowing. This is all part of the complete operation of the professional grower.

Once the ground has been prepared, the lawn just needs watering and trimming to look good. The joints will knit together after about a week, and from that point on, you’ll be able to sit on it.

Just a few notes of caution. First and foremost, check the quality of your turf very carefully. Visit the supplier and ask for some turfs to be unrolled. Is this what you expect? Or is the grass dry, with barren patches? You should expect to see the lush growth of a finished lawn. Underneath it should be moist and hold together well when handled, with even thickness throughout. If you have any doubt about the quality of the grass don’t buy it. Can you see clover, moss or weeds among the grass? Are there sparse patches? Does any of the grass look shrivelled or diseased?

You’ll need to put time and effort into the laying of your turf, so bear this in mind when planning your lawn. You can get plenty of online advice for laying turf, including this great guide from the Royal Horticultural Society.

The turf supplied by Summerhill Lawns will have taken 12-18 months to come to maturity and in that time it will have been carefully tended so that it has all it needs to be suitable for lifting and laying in its new location.

If you have any kind of questions at all about creating your new lawn, call us at any time during office hours: (046) 9431015

Best wishes,

John