Why cultivated turf?Published Thursday 16th July 2020
Why cultivated turf is perfect for
Head gardeners, groundskeepers and homeowners
undertaking large or small landscaping projects will often require some fresh
turf to lay down. For this purpose, they will use cultivated turf, which will
have been grown with premium grade seed mix and is more hardwearing and long
lasting than uncultivated turf.
By using cultivated turf, landscapers and gardeners can achieve perfect, first-time results with a product that is ready to go and easy to lay.
UK Cultivated Turf Quality
The cultivated turf
available through Springbridge is lush and green, freshly harvested from a Turf
Growers Association-registered grower. It is the ideal product for landscape
architects, head gardeners and groundsmen working on larger projects, as well
as for homeowners working on smaller garden-based projects.
Our cultivated turf is low maintenance and
grown on nutritious soil from a high-quality blend of seeds including Perennial
Ryegrass, Slender Creeping Red Fescue, Strong Creeping Red Fescue and Chewings
TGA Standards for Cultivated Turf
The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA)
have a requisite set of standards that turf products must meet in order to be
considered ‘cultivated’. These standards are specifically for turf intended for
use in general landscape situations, with there being a separate set of
standards covering turf intended for use with the likes of a sports playing
field. The TGS Standards set a minimum level of quality for cultivated turf,
ensuring any product sold under this name for use in general landscape
situations will be fit for purpose.
As well as different standards for sports
facilities, it should also be noted that by their very definition, turves
consisting mainly of agricultural or wild grasses also do not adhere to the TGA
According to the TGA recommendations, the
most common size of cultivated turf rolls
in the UK have an area measuring one square metre (610 mm x 1640 mm).
Acceptable deviations from this declared size should not exceed 15mm in width
or 5% in length. The standards also demand that the sward (expanse of short
grass) must be green and not be visibly affected by any pest or disease.
Cultivated Turf Thatch and Soil Classifications
Soil classification under the TGA Standards
require turf production for landscape purposes to be peat, sand or loam that
contains less than 40% clay according to particle size analysis. This is
because turf grown on clay-designated soil is not suitable for general
There are also recommendations for thatch
or fibre thickness as well as the thickness of the soil. To adhere to the TGA’s
requirements, the thickness of uncompressed thatch should not exceed 10mm, and
the soil layer beneath the thatch should be between 5 and 15mm deep.
There are several other requisites which
can be read in further detail on the TGA Standards
website. The additional requirements cover issues such as the strength and
weight of cultivated turf, use of any netting, and the delivery method and
laying technique of the turf.
If you want to buy cultivated turf or topsoil bulk bags for your landscaping project, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.