Achieving the perfect garden lawn lies in the choice of product and some turf laying know-how. All you need is to spend some prime time online to search through the multitude of lawn varieties to find just the one to suit your needs as well as some handy tips to guide you through the lawn laying process.
1. Soil Content
One of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing a type of lawn is the soil type that exists in your garden. Is your soil sandy, silty or does it consist mainly of clay? It is very rare to find the ideal ratio and it is likely that your soil will have a high content of one or the other. Sandy and silty soil types will retain less water as they are lighter in texture allowing water to drain away easily. On the other hand, soils that have a clay texture tend to retain water for a longer period of time.
The soil types can also affect the amount of aeration that your lawn receives – clay soil will have less aeration than either salty or silty. This means that you will need to aerate your lawn regularly if you have clay soil. If you are unsure which type of lawn product will suit your soil type, you can ask your retailer for more information and recommendations.
2. Choosing Your Grass Type
Did you know that there over 10,000 different species of grass in the world. Whittling this number down to a just a few that may suit your requirements can seem like an insurmountable task. However, you can use the following list to start selecting grasses that you require:
– Do you want a soft, slim grass or a thicker, wiry texture.
– Do you require dense coverage or sparse.
– Is your garden mostly sunny or shady?
– Consider the watering requirements. How often will you need to water the lawn or will you be able to rely mainly on rainfall?
– Where will the grass be placed? High traffic areas should be covered in grass that consists of thicker and stronger blades.
– Keep in mind any environmental issues that may affect your lawn choice such as local diseases, pests and animals.
To further minimize your lawn options, you can take the following three lawn categories into consideration:
1. Meadow Turf For The Budget Conscious
Meadow turf is sourced from agricultural lands and consists of tough and coarse species of grass. While the grass is much cheaper to buy, it is lower in quality and there may be some issues with laying the turf successfully.
2. Sea- Washed Turf For The Quality Conscious
Sea-washed turf consists mainly of finer grass species that are much more expensive than the other two categories. However, quality often wins over quantity and the turf laying results can be much more successful.
3. Commercial Turf Options
There are two types of commercially produced turf:
– Mature turf is probably the best option as it meets certain species and quality standards and has been treated for diseases, pests and weeds and is available at an average cost.
– Custom turf allows you to choose the type of grass you want and have it grown to maturity and has the same benefits as mature turf except at a greater expense.
The above hints and tips are designed to get you started on the right track to a successful turf laying experience.…