There are few things we love more in the UK than a beautiful lawn. A lush and superbly maintained stretch of green out the front or back of the house is quintessentially English and of the envy of many next door neighbours around the country. Plus, the smell of freshly cut grass on a summer’s day is hard to beat. It’s little wonder that there are nationwide competitions to find the best lawn.
But before you can boast the best lawn you need to plant and cultivate your grass.
A lush lawn is a labour of love but it needn’t mean you have to spend hours tending to your lawn. There are two main ways to cultivate your grass, one is with turf and the other by using grass seed. Which of these options you choose boils down to a few factors.
There is a commonly held belief that grass seed produces better grass than turf, but this is not necessarily true. What is true is that using grass seed gives you a much wider selection of grass to choose from, so you’re able to make your decision on what grass will work best for your lawn. However, these days turf is capable of producing excellent lawns in almost any conditions.
Perhaps the main benefit of seed over turf is the price. You can buy grass seed for a lawn area for roughly a tenth of the price of turfing a similar space. It’s perfect for seeding small areas or for making small repairs to lawns. You also get more choice of grass types, so you can select seeds that are drought resistant, like shade or match any other specific environmental conditions you might have.
Grass seed is also very easy to sow, either by hand or with a spreader, and takes a lot less time than laying turf. It’s also easy to store and transport and lasts for several years, so you can buy a bag or two and keep it in the shed for when you need it.
However, the major drawback of seeding is that it takes several months to grow to the right size and condition, so you’ll be looking at a large expanse of earth until it has grown in. Excess rain can wash away seeds, and birds will often eat their fair share too. Plus, grass seed needs more care than turf in the first few months.
The major advantages of turf are that it produces an instant effect, so if you can’t wait for your lawn you can have it within hours rather than months. Turf won’t wash away, so is ideal for areas where water or wind would cause soil erosion if left for too long. Turf can also be laid at any time of year, so you don’t have to wait for the right season like you may do when laying seed.
Both turf and grass seed have distinct advantages. There is no right and wrong answer and your choice depends on your requirements and conditions. Whatever your turf and grass seed needs, we’ve got everything you need to create a lawn to be proud of.