So you’ve decided to lay a new lawn. You’ve prepared the site, everything is ready, and you just need to buy turf. So off you go to a turf suppliers, but you’re faced with a choice. There are several different types of turf, and no information about which one will be right for you and your garden. So what do you do?
Just read our useful guide to buying lawn turf, and you’ll be confident of choosing the right one for you.
First of all, check how long your turf will be kept rolled up before delivery. Turf is not good rolled up for any length of time, which is why you should always lay it as soon as possible after delivery, and if you can’t do that, at least unroll it. So look for turf that is freshly cut to order the day before delivery.
Choosing your grade of turf. - You need to consider how much wear the lawn will get, and also whether your garden has any particular issues such as shady areas. There are three main types of lawn turf:
Family lawn turf - This is a hard-wearing rye grass mix, which means that it should stand up to lots of running around on it and keep its beautiful green colour even with lots of use. It’s also easy to maintain with a little care and attention at the right times of year.
Lawn Master turf - This is generally a little more expensive than family lawn turf, but it is also a bit tougher, and stands up to adverse conditions a bit better. So if you have shady areas, or your garden tends to be a bit dry, perhaps because you have very sandy soil, then this might be a better choice. It recovers well from prolonged dry periods, and is also very hard-wearing, standing up to family use very well.
Deluxe turf - This is the top grade of turf, and is sometimes described as ornamental. It’s very fine bladed, so is ideal when you want your turf to look absolutely beautiful, and appearance matters much more than ability to tolerate lots of wear and tear. It’s also resistant to shade, meaning that it’s a good option even in a garden with lots of trees. If you’re still hesitating, don’t forget that lawns are a long-term project. You can always returf or reseed particular areas at a later stage, perhaps even with a different lawn turf or seed mix, if you find you have a problem patch. It’s all a work in progress, but hopefully you’ll now be confident that what you’re buying is not just good quality turf, but also the right turf for your garden.