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Why cultivated turf?
16th July 2020

Why cultivated turf?

Why cultivated turf is perfect for landscape gardeners

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 Fescue.

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 standards.
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 landscaping purposes.
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.