laying turf — garden ideas

What could a new lawn do for you?

What could a new lawn do for you? 0

Your lawn is an intrinsic part of your property and it brings with it a whole raft of benefits – more so than hard landscaping or dare I say it – artificial turf.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of a healthy natural lawn and consider why a new lawn could be an investment in your future.

Refurbishing your lawn for spring

Refurbishing your lawn for spring 0

Should you try to refurbish that worn out lawn or should you replace it? In this blog we look at both options and help you decide which will fit in best with your lifestyle.
Plan Ahead For A Stunning Summer Lawn

Plan Ahead For A Stunning Summer Lawn 0

The weather doesn't make you feel like gardening but you can start planning ahead for a stunning summer lawn.
A New Lawn for Christmas

A New Lawn for Christmas 0

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Why not give somebody a new lawn for Christmas?

Or, better still, treat yourself to a garden tidy-up. Trust me, those beautiful outdoor Xmas decorations will be set off better by a lovely lawn than by a muddy patch with some grass on it.

christmas lawn decoration

It’s the wrong time of year to sow grass seed, but it’s still OK to lay turf. Especially in Dorset, Hampshire and other Southern Counties where the soil usually stays warm for most of the winter.

Laying turf in winter

It’s perfectly possible to lay turf in winter. You’ll feel a lot better for spending time out of doors and burning off calories. Plus winter-laid turf doesn’t need nearly as much watering as summer turf. So it’s less labour intensive.

If you’d like to lay turf yourself, choose a reputable supplier. Ideally, buy direct from the grower. That’s invariably where the best quality and service is to be had.

Prepare the soil thoroughly. Dig to at least 15cm deep and rake to a fine tilth. It’s best to choose a dry day for this, the soil will be much easier to work with.

When laying your turf, use laying boards so that you don’t compact the soil you’ve just prepared. Start at one edge of the lawn and position each turf before you unroll it. But the edges up close together and use your hands to press the turves down gently. There shouldn’t be any air pockets between the turf and the soil beneath. If you need to trim turves to size, a sharp gardening knife is a must.

Water your turf well after you’ve laid it and avoid walking on it. If you need to place your Christmas ornaments – use your laying boards again. Move the ornaments every week so that they don’t damage the grass.

Check daily that the soil under your turf isn’t drying out. Water if necessary, but don’t overwater at this time of year. Cold waterlogged soil is not an inviting place for grass roots.

If you’re too busy with Christmas preparations to lay turf

The team at Wimborne turf may well be able to help out. Our supply and lay service is second to none. Phone us on 01258 858118

A new lawn as a Christmas gift?

This gentleman gave the garden lawn a makeover as his Christmas gift to his wife. I wish my husband would do something that thoughtful – I really don’t need any more gloves or socks!

christmas gift for gardeners new lawn

You too could give somebody a new lawn. If you don’t want to reveal the gift before Christmas day, talk to Wimborne Turf. Peter and his team will happily give you a quote for either supply only or for their amazing supply and lay service. Then you can make arrangements for the work to be done after Christmas and in time for spring.

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Real Turf Vs Artificial Turf

Real Turf Vs Artificial Turf 0

There’s a new feature popping up in the gardens of Dorset and Hampshire.   Artificial Turf.  Personally, I’m not a fan of plastic anywhere in the garden (not even my lawnmower is plastic).  However, as a writer/blogger who loves to buy local and use natural products, I’ll try to moderate my opinions and take a look at the pros and cons of using artificial grass vs real life turf.

In defence of plastic grass

It’s convenient, it’s low maintenance, it doesn’t need feeding, and it’s a nice even colour.  You can choose the shade of green you want. You can even choose the length and texture of the sward.  It doesn’t need soil to root into, it’s not prone to diseases.  The dog won’t dig it up.  You can park your car on it.

artificial turf

A piece of artificial turf. 

The good things about a real lawn

It will pump oxygen into the air for you to breath.

It smells amazing after mowing

It drains naturally – allowing water to filter into the soil

It’s soft to sit on and stays cool on hot days

If your children fall over, they’ll have a soft landing and no carpet-burn

It cleans itself – no need for hoovering or detergents

If you want to change the design of your garden, it’s easy to re-shape a natural lawn

You choose how long or short you want the sward to be – and you can change your mind at any time.

It’s versatile.  If you have a natural lawn, you can underplant it with spring bulbs, allow wild flowers to grow in it for the bees, let your pet rabbit graze it (I let my chickens onto the lawn and their eggs taste amazing because of it)

You get clippings that can be turned into home-made compost.  Cheaper than the garden centre stuff and ideal for mulching round fruit, flowers and vegetables.

rolled turf on pallet

Real turf, freshly cut and ready to lay.  That green sward looks very "touchable"


Why I don’t like artificial turf.

Gardens should be for nature. 

Artificial turf is oil-based (I think).  As the world is running out of oil, it seems a bit daft to waste it on making fake grass.  Nature grows grass very well indeed in this country.  And nature’s grass doesn’t take centuries to biodegrade if it’s taken out of the garden and thrown away.

It makes me feel hot and sticky and itchy when I sit on it on a summer’s day.

What if the dog poops on it or the children drop picnic crumbs on it?  With no soil bacteria to recycle things like that, do they just sit there and rot?  Or do I have to hoover?  If I’m hoovering it I may as well be mowing it. 

It doesn’t last for ever.  Like most man-made things it doesn’t regenerate, is difficult to repair and so at some point it will end up being replaced.   Real lawns get replaced sometimes too – but the old lawn can be returned to the soil – plastic can’t.

Much of the artificial turf in this country has been imported from the Far East.  That gives it a huge carbon footprint and what’s more – it doesn’t do ever so much for the British economy either. 

Disadvantages of natural lawns

Yes, believe it or not there are some – but they are only really about convenience – and I think they are easily overcome.

Real lawns need to be tended.  Mowing, feeding, aerating, scarifying and occasionally weeding.   To me, that’s no big deal.  I actually like mowing the lawn.  It’s almost meditative and the smell…..oh how I love the smell of new mown grass!

If I were unable to mow it myself, I’m in no doubt that I would be able to find someone who would help out in return for a modest fee.

Aerating isn’t too much of a problem for me either.  It’s a once a year job and if I miss it – well it’s not the end of the world.  

Feeding?  Again, it’s not hard work, it’s just a matter of finding half an hour to do it.   The feed is readily available (I like the specialist stuff from Wimborne Turf because it’s not been massed produced by some global chemical manufacturer), and it works.  It keeps the lawn looking lush, green and healthy.

Scarifying?  I’m not physically up to that job any more, even if I hire a machine it hurts my poorly neck.  So I have a local landscaper help out with that.  It doesn’t cost much (a few quid and a cup of tea) and he’s done in no time.

What will you have in your garden?  Real turf or a pretend lawn?

If you are thinking of replacing your lawn and you’re wondering whether to choose artificial or real, don’t make your decision until you’ve had quotes both products and looked into what’s needed to lay them properly.   Poorly installed artificial grass looks nasty, doesn’t last and in some cases can cause trip hazards.

Wimborne Turf offer turf for you to lay yourself – and they’ll talk you through the whole process.  OR they will come and lay your new, natural lawn for you.   It’s grown in Dorset in the UK by a family-run business who employ local people to help them.   Better for the environment, better for the economy and ultimately, better for you.

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Garden Ideas: New Lawns Made From Turf

Garden Ideas: New Lawns Made From Turf 0

Designing a garden is a fabulous way of creating your very own personalised space.  It reflects who you are, what you like to do and how you like to relax.  A well designed garden can add thousands of pounds worth of value to a property.

At Wimborne Turf, we think that every garden, no matter what its size, style or function, deserves a beautiful natural lawn.

Here are some examples of gardens in Dorset with stunning new lawns made from turf.

curvy lawn made from turf with island bed of evergreens

This curvy lawn sets off the island beds beautifully.  The planting illustrates how shape and texture are important in a garden.

classic english lawn with stripes mown into it

Ahhh, the classic English lawn complete with stripes.  This effect is easy to create as turf is being laid...simply brush your hand over the grass as each turf is positioned. 

new home with beautiful lawn to add kerb appeal

We're proud of this one.  This beautiful home in Wimborne was given great kerb appeal with a classic lawn.  Doesn't it look stunning?

A brand new summerhouse deserves an elegant lawn to show it off.  This garden will be a fantastic place to relax and entertain.

What a difference a day makes!  This shows just how quickly you can transform a garden by creating a lawn from turf.

It's not difficult to lay turf yourself.  At Wimborne Turf we grow and supply strong, easy to lay turves that look good from day one.  And we can give you all the advice you need to get started.

If you're not confident or if you don't have the time to lay turf yourself, we also offer a supply and lay service.  AND we work all year round (weather permitting).  Why not call us if you'd like a free, no-obligation quote for a lovely new lawn like the ones in this blog?

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