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Lawn Advice

How pure will my turf be?

Generally at the time of delivery your cultivated turf will be free from broadleaf weeds and fungal diseases and of good colour. We use the best seed mixtures available to us to produce the best looking turf.

Teal Turf strive to minimise weed grasses in our turf however we cannot eliminate them all. Some rolls may have a higher content than others.

It is very difficult to selectively kill one grass species growing in a mixture with other types of grasses. It is not possible for turfgrowers to use chemical control to eliminate weed grasses from cultivated turf.

As herbicides are not available cultural methods which are less reliable have to be used.

Annual meadow grass (also commonly known by its Latin name of Poa annua) is the most commonly found weed grass in rolls of cultivated turf.

Annual meadow grass (AMG) is one of the most widespread grasses in the world and most established lawns contain some annual meadow grass, but it usually blends in well with the other grasses. AMG may become more evident in lawns at different times of the season and growing conditions.

As Annual meadow grass is mostly an annual plant and the life span of the plant can be less than a year. So good management of your new turf as with all lawns minimises the future appearance of AMG in your lawn. 

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Do you harvest turf all year round?

We harvest turf throughout the year with the only exception being when the ground is frozen. This usually only equates to a few days a year when we are unable to harvest turf.

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During the winter my lawn has become sparse, resulting in bare patches. What should I do?

During colder months grass growth virtually stops. As a result no nutrients are being absorbed by the grass plants making your lawn more vulnerable to a range of conditions and fungal diseases. All of these diseases occur naturally and will lead to patchiness within a lawn. Recovery will not be seen until the next spring growing season.

If your lawn tends to die off during the winter there may be an underlying problem such as water logging, poor soil structure, compacted soils, heavy surrounding vegetation or a lack of quality lawn fertiliser. All of these cause a lawn to be under stress and more susceptible to disease. Consequently a good all year round maintenance regime is all important. Read more about Lawn Pests and Diseases.

One of the most important lawn maintenance actions is to apply a spring application of lawn fertiliser. Often your lawn will grow away from any winter die back.

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How do I calculate the area of turf required for a circular lawn?

Please refer to our ‘How to calculate the area of your lawn’ page.

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How do I remove my old lawn before laying new turf or seeding?

See our article Turf Installation Guide.

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How long after delivery can I leave my turf rolled up before laying?

In spring/summer months it is important to lay your turf on the day of delivery. If you cannot achieve this the turf needs to be unrolled in a holding area and watered regularly. During autumn time turf should be laid within 36 hours, and in winter within 48 hours. Should you have a hard frost and your rolls become frozen, they will keep perfectly well and lay once defrosted with no detrimental effect to the turf. ↑ Back to top

How much soil do I need to lay my turf onto?

Turf requires 4 inches of topsoil with a further sub soil (lower layer) of the same depth. This is required for the turf to establish a good root system and to retain moisture and nutrients. The soil needs to be able to drain, so any impermeable material (i.e. rubble or concrete) needs to be removed.

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How should I remove mushrooms from my lawn?

Mushrooms are not damaging to turf and are part of a natural and temporary process. However, they can be removed by mowing the area daily until no more mushrooms are produced. Alternatively you can break the stems by brushing the mushrooms which will allow them to dry out and disappear.

Read more about mushrooms in turf.

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How soon after laying can I walk on my lawn?

The only rule is if you leave an impression with your feet, keep off! As a rough guide this could be 2 - 3 weeks in the summer and a little longer in the winter.

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How soon after laying new turf should I mow my lawn?

Once your new turf has grown approximately 30mm – 50mm consider mowing and reducing the leaf height by a maximum of one third. This might be 2 – 3 weeks after laying your new turf in the spring/summer months. Only mow when the ground conditions will take your weight and that of your mower without leaving an impression.

Click here to read our Aftercare Guide

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How soon after mowing can I apply Teal Turf Fertiliser?

Allow one month after laying new turf before applying Teal Turf fertiliser.

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My Lawn has developed patches of white cotton-wool or cobweb like mould?

Click here to read our article on Fusarium.

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My lawn has developed small, pink cottony flocks and bright red threads in round patches?

Click here to read our article on Red Thread.

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My new lawn is very spongy. Should I use a roller on it?

Rolling can be beneficial if your turf has poor contact with the soil, or if you have minor high spots. To avoid soil compaction, do not over roll or roll very wet or soggy soils.

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What is the thickness of a roll of Sterling turf?

Soil depth is approximately 10mm and the grass sward approximately 30mm.

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When is the best time to lay turf?

The beauty of turf is that it can be laid at any time of the year. During spring and summer times your turf will establish quickly, and ground preparation work is more easily carried out. Turf laid during this time will require watering in establishment. Autumn and Winter months are also ideal for laying your turf and the benefits of installing turf at this time of year are that less or no watering is required to establish your turf. Read more about Aftercare.

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When is the best time to over-seed my lawn?

The recommended time of year would be April to September. Buy seed for over-seeding.

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Will turf grow on clay soils?

Yes, turf is quite happy growing on clay soils as long as the soil is permeable (i.e. has drainage). Clay soil drainage can be improved by incorporating sharp sand and/or fine grit.

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