Growing turf for your garden
At Lymefield we have grown our own fresh turf for over 18 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 are grown at Lymefield itself and can be viewed from ourTea 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 busier and busier with willing customers & landscapers looking to lay that perfect lawn.
So here we'll provide a few handy tips on getting it right the 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 qualitytop soil(which we can also supply).
The area needs to be well compacted – if there's an area of top soil that is loose or soft, your turf will follow suit once it is on top of it.
Once a firm and level area has been attained, the surface of the topsoil would benefit from being raked through, so as to leave it fine and without any large clumps.
Have a box ofBone 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.