I have been involved in preparing and laying turf on a number of new lawn projects in the last three months, so I thought I’d write a little about the projects to give you some good examples of what can be achieved in various different situations. In this article I’m going to talk about turfing my own garden, a renovation project that’s been a long time coming thanks to how busy we are with Lawns For You.
I have already talked about my plans to transform the ‘wildlife garden’ at the rear of my house. I had intended to seed the lawn area, following my initial preparation a while back: Preparing a New Lawn Area. When carrying out a turfing job, I always slightly overestimate the area to be turfed in case of problems, something which often happens. Well, in this case I had a few jobs which ran perfectly, no extra turf required, so I decided to use the leftovers to turf rather than seed my lawn.
I think this might prove a good example to others that might be able to procure turf from a number of sources as often you might be able to find a little section of turf here and there to draw from when you’re building a new lawn. My work here proves that if you can acquire turf from different sources, it’s still possible to combine it to create a great quality lawn.
The complete lawn below consists of the leftover turf from four different jobs, with the turf being obtained from three different suppliers.
Key to this approach is preparing enough ground for each batch of turf as it becomes available. If you prepare the entire surface it’s likely to be ruined by weather, cats and birds, proving a big waste of time.
As you can see from the photo to the right, the lawn is now complete and looking good. It was finished using four different batches and three different types of turf, laid over a period of five weeks. This is only three weeks after completion and the different areas are hardly noticeable already.
I have decided to dig a pond on part of the ground as well, which will be a big attraction for wildlife to make up for the lost wild plants. I have allowed for a path beside the shed, and the pond is going into the back left. Notice also that I have left a border round the sides of the lawn to plant some wildflowers which will avoid the need for strimming.
My next project is to demonstrate how easily this new lawn can be turned into a good quality putting surface over the next three months or so using my tried and tested green-keeping skills. Watch out for regular updates on this in the near future.
If you’re interested in turfing a new lawn and need to buy some turf for it, please get in touch. We can provide turf for any area – just give us a call for a quote.