Growing turf for the garden

At Lymefield we have grown our own fresh turf for over 15 years, and as such have become keen experts on the practice of developing and maintaining a tidy lawn.

We grow real turf on 5 different sites all within a half mile radius of our Garden Centre here in Broadbottom, most is grown at Lymefield itself and can be viewed from our Tea Room. With customers and landscapers there is a constant demand which sees us venturing out every night of the week in order to lift fresh turf  for the following morning's orders and deliveries. Right on the county border of Cheshire and Derbyshire, we find ourselves in a unique position as real turf growers.

Whilst Cheshire itself is a well known and established turfing area, we are in a great location to deliver real turf to parts of Derbyshire including Glossop, Hayfield, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton, as well as areas of Cheshire such as Marple, Cheadle Hulme, Woodley, Bramhall and Wilmslow, and also towards the Greater Manchester area with city drops becoming more and more regular. Droylsden and Denton are locations that we now deliver to frequently for instance.

It is around this time of year that we become more and more busy with willing customers & landscapers looking to lay that perfect lawn. 

So here we'll provide a few handy tips on getting it right first time: -

  • Firstly, it is important to remember that preparation is probably the most important part of getting your lawn off to a good start. You need to be laying your newly cut turf on to good quality top soil (which we can also supply).

  • The area needs to be well compacted - if there's an area of top soil which is loose or soft, your turf will follow suit once it is on top of it.

  • Once a firm, level area has been attained, the surface of the top soil would benefit from being raked through, so as to leave it fine and without any large clumps.

  • Have a box of Bone Meal handy, and before laying each roll apply a light dusting on the area about to be covered. This will aid root development and thus allow the turf to take hold quicker.

  • Once turf laying commences, have a flat plank of wood handy in order to help compact and firm the turf down.

  • Overlap edges and use a sharp knife to cut away the excess.

  • Once the turf is fully laid, be sure to water it. Unless it is raining severely for a number of days, newly-laid turf needs to be watered around twice daily for at least 2 weeks. This is until it knits in, roots itself down and can become self sufficient, although remember that in drier seasons, grass will still need watering.

Our fresh real lawn turf is available for delivery or you can collect in store. If you need any assistance, please get in touch with us for some personal assistance, details on our contact page. Happy turfing!