Which is Best for a Lawn – Turf or Seed?
Have you been looking out at your garden and lamenting the loss of your lawn? Has the heat of the summer sun taken its toll and it needs some TLC? There are two options when it comes to your lawn. Turfing it or growing it from seed. Both have their benefits and disadvantages. Let’s explain what they are, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself which is the better option.
The most obvious downside of this idea is that it takes such a long time to even vaguely resemble a lawn. Once the ground has been prepared and the seed sown, it can take anything upward of six weeks for the first shoots to appear. Several cuts will be required before it starts to look like a lawn. Wildlife can also be a problem, as they are quick to swoop in and steal the seeds. One way to prevent this from happening is to cover the area with netting. There is also the problem of weeds appearing as they seem to be able to grow much quicker than the lawn grass.
On the plus side, grass seed is much cheaper than turf. It is also quicker and easier to sow. Once the initial preparation is done, ten minutes is all it takes to sow the seed and rake it in.
Turf is a very expensive option if you want a lawn. The best thing to do is shop around for prices because there will be several suppliers in your area. If you live in Lancashire, give Greenvale a call and ask about their prices. Aside from price, laying turf is labour intensive. The rolls can be delivered to your door by any reputable supplier. However, they are heavy and awkward to move. Once the soil has been prepared, you’ll need to set aside at least an hour to lay the turf.
The bonus, and it’s a big one, is that once it’s been laid, watered in and trimmed it looks like a lawn straight away. Within a couple of weeks the joints will have grown together, and you’ll be able to sit on it, lie on it, roll around on it or whatever else you want your lawn for.
How to Prepare the Ground for a Lawn
Whether you want to lay turf or use seed, the preparation is exactly the same. Dig the area over roughly, in order to loosen the soil and allow you to remove any plants and weeds. Create a fine surface using a rake at the same time as removing stones, roots and other types of debris. Tread the whole area down and eliminate any soft spots. Rake it once more and tread it down again until you’re left with a uniform surface. Scatter a general-purpose fertiliser over the area.
Now you can appreciate that both seed and turf have their own advantages and disadvantages. When both have grown, there is little to tell the difference between the two. However, if you’re worried about cost or time, you have make your own choices.