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July 2019 Turf -v- Seed

We spend more time in garden at this time of year and we want the lawn to look good. There are two options; Grass and Seed.

Laying new turf will give you an instant lawn, useable within 2 – 4 weeks. Whereas, the time it takes for seed to get established is governed to by temperatures and hours of daylight. Realistically, it could take 2 - 4 months to achieve the same effect as turf.

Additionally, turf can be laid at any time of year, as long as the ground is not frozen. However, seed has a much smaller window of opportunity, with ideal sowing times being March to May or September and October.

For budgetary reasons it may be prudent to consider using a mixture of turf and seed. Use turf for almost instant usage and in areas where it would be difficult to seed (poor soil, shady or steep areas. Use seed for areas rarely used or that cannot be seen

There are pros and Cons to both: here are just a few

Turf Pros

Instant lawn
Lay all year round
Weather resilient
Weed deterrent
Will flourish in poor soil/shade/inclines

Seed Pros

Budget friendly
Simple installation (sowing)

Turf Cons

Labour intensive to lay
Heavy to handle

Seed Cons

Slow to establish
Sowing season is relatively small
Rain/wind can displace the seeds
Vulnerable to birds
Difficult to cultivate in poor soil/shade/inclines 


June 2019 Dealing with drought and flooding    

Lawns are fairly drought tolerant so if you are keen to conserve water or you have a hose-pipe ban then it will be ok to let it go brown for a short while, as long as you do not cut the grass too short.

If we are lucky enough to have a hot, dry spell the soil can become hard and it will be difficult for water to penetrate. If the lawn does dry out and cracks appear, it may be a good idea to spike it before watering to allow the water to penetrate.

When cutting in dry conditions remember to raise the blades high and leave the cuttings on the lawn. Cuttings are principally composed of water and act as a protective mulch.

If your lawn is under water for less than a week it will usually recover. As it starts to dry, rake off any excess silt, aerate and fertilise if possible. To ensure a good recovery over seeding should be undertaken.

If the lawn is flooded for more than a week the turf will probably be dead and the soil may be compacted. It is recommended you remove any debris and silt, rotovate and mix in some composted materials before laying new turf.

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

May 2019 Highlight on Composting

Reasons why we should all be composting

1. It is good for the Environment - Composting is an effective way to help fight global warming because it helps to decrease levels of pollution and ultimately leads to fewer landfills.

2. It is free – compost is typically made of waste, so you are effectively converting “muck into brass”

3. It is simple to do - It requires very little work, but the benefits are manyfold.

4. It saves you money – You don’t have to buy fertilizers, chemical sprays or manure.

5. Promotes healthy plants - Compost is an effective natural fertilizer, providing the essential nourishment your soil needs. 

March Tips    

Generally, March marks the beginning of Spring and is the month when the weather picks up. Hopefully we will avoid a recurrence of the Beast from the East this year.

Walking on your lawn when there has been a frost can damage it. Our advice is to stay off it until the frost has cleared. At this time of year, you would usually begin to tackle any moss problems on your lawn by applying a sulphate treatment which discourages moss and lawn diseases. However, as the weather is still very chilly, we recommend that you wait for a relatively fine day and just brush away debris or dead leaves and wait for Spring to truly arrive.

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

February Tips

The weather in February is still cold, so there is not much to be done to the lawn. We recommend you continue to stay off the grass if you can if there has been a frost, walking on your lawn when there’s been a frost can damage it. Continue or begin to tackle any moss problems by applying a sulphate treatment to your lawn. This can discourage the moss issue and also any lawn disease problems.

We also recommend that leaves and general debris should be removed from surface of the lawn during the winter as it can smother or weaken the grass causing it to go yellow.

Finally, with spring approaching it may be a good time to get the mower out and check it all works well, it may well need a service.    

January Tips

January can be quiet in the garden. If there is a frost avoid walking on your lawn as this can damage the grass leaving it open to lawn diseases and other problems. When the weather is fine brush away debris or leaves that have fallen on the grass.. If you have a moss problem now can be a good time to apply a lawn treatment.

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

December Tips

Things really start to slow down around now in terms of your lawncare routine. Frosts are more likely to fall and there may even be snow so avoid walking on your lawn as this can damage it. When the lawn is not frozen or very wet continue to keep it free from fallen leaves and other debris to reduce the risk of any lawn diseases. although there is probably still plenty to do around the garden like clean out your pots, tidy up the greenhouse, planting hardy seedlings for next year. It may be worth thinking about a greenhouse heater to keep your indoor pots and seedlings warm over the winter.

The pros and cons of laying turf in winter

•  Cold wet soil is very difficult to turn into a suitable bed for turfing
•  Cold wet hands are inevitable
•   Roots take longer to get established
•  If the producers’ fields are frozen, your turf can’t be harvested
•   Turf will stay fresh in the roll for longer than in the warmer months.
•   Freshly harvested turves may be very wet and therefore heavy.
•   Turf is rarely found in garden centres once the Christmas decorations start appearing – but     you CAN still order online.

There is no reason why you can’t lay turf on midsummers day or on Christmas day if you really want to. If you can prepare the land and buy the grass, it’s OK to be turfing at any time.

Allseasons Soils supply lovely quality turf all year round 

November Tips

As the winter is almost up on us, now is the ideal time to give your mower blade a good clean or to give the whole mower a service before putting it to bed until the spring. You may still need to mow your lawn during November, if this is the case ensure your mower is set to one of its highest cutting settings. We recommend you continue to remove any fallen leaves from the lawn to reduce the risk of disease. If any early frosts fall remember not to walk on the lawn to reduce the risk of damaging it.

Did you know you can lay turf at any time of year?

Yes, that’s right, turf can be laid in spring, summer, autumn or winter provided you can prepare the soil properly.

If you are smart, you will lay turf in autumn. Why? Because there is more chance of Mother Nature watering it for you, and the roots have all winter to get established before the lawn is used and abused in summer. 

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Allseasons Soils

October Tips

As the autumn sets in you will notice the growth of your lawn rapidly diminishing. Now is the time to raise the cutting height of your mower and apply a winter fertiliser to your lawn. This will help keep your lawn healthy and strong during the winter months.

Keep your lawn clear of any fallen leaves. Debris and leaves on your lawn can cause problems with damp and disease. If you clear your lawn once a week it makes it easier to keep on top of. Why not invest in a leaf blower and considerably speed up the job.

October can be another good month to aerate your lawn. Using an aerator or spiking the lawn manually will allow the rain to drain easily and get to the lawn roots. Following this lawn care advice should keep you busy during the autumn months and help your lawn during the winter.

If this sounds like a lot of effort for little reward you could always re-turf your lawn or even just the damaged parts. Why not call us for a competitive quotation? 

September Tips

The beginning of the autumn is a busy time for the serious lawn enthusiast. Your lawn care routine will change slightly. We recommend you continue to mow the lawn as often as necessary. You will find that you need to do this less as temperatures begin to get cooler and the days start to become shorter.

Now can be a good time to scarify your lawn. It will help reduce the build-up of thatch that is likely to have accrued over the summer. You may also want to aerate your lawn as it can become compacted over the summer months with people and pets walking over it.

Aerating the lawn lets the air get back to its roots. If you have bare patches on your lawn, the early autumn can be a good time to add some lawn seed. The weather is still warm enough so that the seeds can bed in but not so warm that they dehydrate. Sticking to a thorough lawn care routine throughout the autumn can help your lawn throughout the colder winter months. Applying an autumn fertiliser is a good idea and can help your lawn stay strong and healthy during the winter. Applying fertiliser and new seed can be done more easily with a spreader or sprayer.

However, with the exceedingly hot summer this year if your lawn is beyond repair we can supply you with turf to replace the damaged areas. 

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

August Tips

We recommend you continue to care for your lawn as you have done previously in the earlier summer months.

Continue to mow your lawn regularly but avoid cutting it too short as this can cause the lawn to dry out. Try to keep mowing to evenings during hot periods.
Late summer can be a good time to feed your lawn. With the weather typically being quite dry the nutrients in the soil are quickly depleted. We recommend you apply a fertiliser to your lawn to replenish any missing nutrients.

Continue to water the lawn a couple of times a week if necessary. Remember it is best to do this in the evenings or early in the morning. This gives the water a chance to sink into the lawn rather than evaporate.

If your lawn is past its best why not give us a call for a quotation to supply replacement turf? Unlike many garden centres we do not keep turf in stock, our turf is cut fresh and delivered within 24 hours. 

July Tips

As in June, you will probably need to mow your lawn more than once a week. You may notice periods of rapid lawn growth after a few days of sunshine. We advise you to keep on top of your lawn care routine to ensure it is at its best.
Watering: It may be necessary to water your lawn if the weather has been particularly dry, we recommend a good soaking early morning or late evening. Once or twice a week is sufficient. Overwatering may result in shallow, weaker root systems which mean the grass will not be able to survive long periods of drought.

Mowing: Try to keep mowing to the evenings during hot periods to prevent the risk of dehydration. To preserve a healthy lawn, we advise keeping the grass around 2 inches long. This will mean cutting less off but sadly, cutting more often. If you cut your lawn too much when it is dry you are likely to cause damage.

Feeding and weeding: Try keep your feeding and weeding regime on schedule to ensure your grass is able to cope with warmer weather. Summer is the natural growing season and a helping hand will encourage strong growth. However, if you over feed the grass it will grow too fast and require lots of mowing.

Aeration: To aid absorption of water and nutrients we recommend aeration. You can use a lawn scarifier, a fork, a rake or even studded golf shoes.
Alternatively if you want an instantly lovely lawn, why not contact us for a quotation for replacement turf. 

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

June Tips

It is likely that your lawn will need to be mowed twice a week during June. During the summer it is important to keep on top of lawn care, this will help keep the grass looking healthy and green. Continue to apply weed killers to the lawn if and when necessary. Raking your lawn will help control some weed growth.it may be time to invest in a scarifier and aerator to keep your lawn healthy.

If this sounds like a lot of effort for little reward. You could save yourself a lot of work by investing in some new turf. You will have a gorgeous lawn for the summer. Once established, all that will be required are a few trims and a little watering to keep it looking at its best. Contact us now for pricing. 

May Tips    

To keep your lawn looking neat and tidy regular mowing is essential. Lawn growth will really pick up around May. You can start to lower the cutting height of your mower as the risk of frosts falls too.

Apply weed treatments to your lawn carefully if you need to keep your grass looking good.

Alternatively, for a fantastic looking lawn, ready for summer why not contact us regarding the supply of new turf 

Allseasons Soils
Allseasons Soils

April Tips

Now that spring has sprung and we have seen the back of the Beast from the East we are looking forward to the weather warming up.

At this time of year you should be aware that the odd frost can still fall so don’t cut the grass too short and avoid walking on it if there has been a frost. April is a good time to apply a fertiliser to your lawn to encourage growth – particularly if you’ve been treating a moss problem which can leave your lawn looking a little bare. We suggest you sow some grass seeds on these bare patches as a little effort now will pay dividends in the summer.

Alternatively, if your lawn is past its best, now is a great time to invest in our quality turf. Laying turf now will ensure a luxurious lawn for summer. Why not contact us now for a quotation – the price is lower than you think! 

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