Turfing and Lawn Maintenance

Turf and Lawn Maintenance Ilkley Gardening Hedgehogs Outdoor

Turf is available on the market in several grades which suit different situations: generally speaking, good quality turf contains dwarf perennial ryegrass and is very hard wearing, while fine turf, contains grasses such as bents and fescues and is better for a showpiece landscaping project. Whereas in areas of low rainfall, try drought-tolerant turf may be required. At Hedge-Hogs, we only use ‘stadium grade’ quality turf. It’s tough, durable and most of all hard wearing to suit a range of situations.

Preparation: First of all we prepare the soil by skimming off any old grass, removing large stones and weeds, and then roughly level the area by flattening humps and filling hollows. A rotivator may be needed at this stage to remove any foreign objects, we then rake & level to leave a fine finish. We may need to firm the soil by using a compactor plate to compact the soil. Then, having treated the soil with a granular fertiliser we then rake this into the soil and water well. The area is now ready for the new turf. Top tip: Irrigation is of utmost importance in dry periods for newly laid turf.

Aftercare: Try not to walk on newly laid turf until it has rooted into the soil, which could take several weeks. If the weather is mild over winter the grass will begin to grow. Trim it lightly where necessary keeping the mower blades set to high, but avoid doing this when ground is saturated.

Ongoing maintenance: All lawns need feeding in order to maintain vigour. When feeding, look out for signs of pest or disease and apply moss killer if required. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn, and this may avoid the need for renovation later on. Over winter, the lawn does not grow much, but once the weather warms up in early spring, you can start mowing, and this is also a good time to over-seed any areas damaged over winter.

Additional lawn care treatments that we provide include: Mowing, killing moss, feeding, over-seeding and watering.

Please call or email us to start a project or for more information.

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Email: gardening@hedgehogsoutdoor.com
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