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Turf is really easy to get hold of and it’s also really easy to lay which is why a lot of DIYers are up for the challenge but if you are thinking about purchasing and laying your own turf then there are a few things that you should know.
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1. You need to know what you’re looking for
Obviously you want the turf you buy to be high quality so that you can be sure that the fresh, green lawn you create will last a long time. In order to be able to buy high quality turf you need to be able to identify it. If you look at turf from the grass side then it should all be the same; it should be cut to the same height, the same width and length and be cut with square edges. The turf that you choose should also be free from weeds or any obviously dissimilar grass. If you look at the turf from the side of the sod then it should be damp to touch, really easy to roll and unroll and it should be strong enough not to break if you lift it over your head from one end. If the grass that you’ve selected does anything other than this then avoid it and find another supplier.
2. It’s important to understand the different types of grass
To the average person all grass looks pretty similar but there are actually many different species that are individual in their own way. The different types of grass will require different types of maintenance so it’s really important you ask about the type of grass that you’re being supplied with so that you can be sure that you’re giving it the treatment that it needs.
You also need to know the type of soil that you have in your garden and the soil that the turf was grown on in order to make sure you maintain it in the right way. If possible you should try to purchase turf that has been grown in soil that’s similar to your garden. If you have poor soil then you need to improve it before laying turf otherwise it isn’t likely to survive.
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Neil Hunter has always loved gardening but was fed up of his brown lawn so he contacted Q Lawns who supply turf which is high quality and grown on soil that’s similar to that in his garden.