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Creating a new lawn for your garden can really finish off a home and will even increase the value if you are looking to sell. You can do this yourself, but if you want a pristine finish then a gardener or landscape specialist is your best bet. This will save you having to buy and transport the turf yourself and professionals will also know the best type of sod to buy for your needs.
The cost of laying turf will depend on the size and the condition of your garden, as well as on whether you have a lawn that needs digging up and replacing. Always factor in the preparation work needed by your gardener when thinking about cost.
Turf is best put down in autumn, but if you are considering growing your lawn from seed you will need to do this in spring. Seeding a lawn is a lot cheaper in terms of basic costs, coming in at around 10% of the cost of new turf, but you may find that the aftercare needed may mean that costs are equal once you have factored in your gardener’s time. You will also have to keep the birds and neighbourhood cats off your lawn as it grows in order to avoid gaps in the grass. In either case you should avoid walking on your new grass, with turf just needing a high-setting mowing occasionally over winter. Water once a fortnight over this period if it is dry.
Your gardener or landscape expert will be able to choose the type of turf you need after finding out how you intend to use the lawn. Turf for the kids to play football on or the dog to run about on will need to be more hardy than a simple ornamental lawn. Your gardener should be able to avoid you on turf types, but make sure you go for a quality turf raised with thick, healthy roots.
Drought-resistant turf is also worth considering if your lawn is in a generally dry area of the country and has sun on it most of the day. Those who want to cut down on maintenance costs altogether may also consider artificial ‘astro turf’, which looks the part (especially in smaller spaces) but obviously does not need watering. Initial costs can be high, but you will have a lush green lawn all year round.
It may be best to book a gardener to come in a week or two after the turf has been laid, so that they can check it has settled okay and that the roots are growing in. You should try to avoid walking on the lawn for a few weeks after it has been laid.
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