How to choose turf
Turf is a popular product for laying down a lawn quickly, but despite what many people might think, not all turf is the same. If you choose the wrong type of turf, it can soon look unhealthy and may fail to thrive, proving a costly and time-consuming mistake. If you want to get the best from your new lawn, it pays to make sure you pick the right turf product to suit your requirements.
What should you consider when choosing turf?
Arguably one of the biggest considerations when choosing turf is what the new grass will be used for. Different types of turf are suited to different types of environments or uses, where they may or may not be able to withstand heavy use. You, therefore, need to think carefully about how your new turf will be used, not just in the short term, but in the future, too.
If you are laying turf for your garden, and you have pets and children at home, you will need to consider buying a turf that is hard wearing, tough and resilient to constant pounding. Emerald Lawn Turf, for example, is perfect for busy, active gardens that will endure repeated use, whether from kids playing football or dogs running up and down.
High-spec turf for bowling
For lawns that will be used for activities such as bowling or golf, you'll need to lay a specialist type of turf, which provides the optimum conditions for these sports. This type of turf has dense, close-mown sward. Stewartsturf Verdant Green Turf is a prime example, and also excels when used for luxury lawns.
General purpose turf
If you want to create a general purpose lawn, for landscaping or amenity use, you may opt for Sportsman Turf, which is a good all rounder and looks verdant at any time of year, even during the harsh winters in Scotland.
How much work are you prepared to put in?
As well as how you intend to use the turf, think about how much maintenance you are prepared to invest in your lawn, to keep it looking in tip-top condition.
If you haven't got much time for gardening, and want a lawn that basically looks after itself, hard-wearing types such as Emerald and Sportsman are easy to care for, without requiring too much attention.
On the other hand, Verdant Greens is a type of turf that is fussy about its appearance, and will need regular, dedicated care and attention to ensure it looks its very best.
Weather conditions can play a part
The conditions of your garden may also dictate the type of turf that will flourish best in your green space. Think about aspects such as shade, soil type and drainage. The weather in Scotland can be dramatically varied at different times of the year, so think about how all of the different conditions will impact upon the type of turf you choose.
Think about your budget
Not all turf products come with the same price tag, so you will probably pay more per square metre for grass intended for ornamental use. Having said that, if you buy your turf from a reputable supplier such as Stewartsturf, who have carefully nurtured the turf from scratch using quality seeds free from weeds, you can expect excellent results from even the cheapest type of turf, ensuring you get great value for money.
Advice on choosing turf
Choosing the right kind of turf can be tricky, so it is worth seeking advice from specialists, such as Stewartsturf, to ensure you make the right decision for your green space. Once you've got your turf, lay it as soon as possible to give it the best start and to keep it looking in pristine condition.