Gardening is one of those activities that is perceived in fairly polarised ways depending on who you ask. For some, gardening is a wonderfully relaxing and their favourite way of spending their time, yet for others it is a dreaded chore that can’t end soon enough. No matter what your feelings are towards the act of gardening, most home owners can agree that having a nicely presented garden is a sign of pride in your home.
Arguably the most taxing thing in a garden to get perfect and maintain is the lawn. Grass may grow fairly easily in many different soil types, but that doesn’t mean it is a simple thing to get right. The size of the lawn in question can add an extra challenge given that the more space you’re working with, then the greater chance for something to go wrong.
Trying to grow a smooth, even and high quality lawn can be the stuff of nightmares as there are many problems that can be encountered. One of the most prevalent is definitely weeds; these are unwelcome and often parasitic plants that will take up residence in your lawn and at best can disturb the appearance of the grass, at worse they can lead to serious issues.
One of the worst kinds of weed is Fallopia Japonica, commonly known as Japanese Knotweed. This plant is commonplace in several Asian countries and has established itself in Europe, New Zealand and North America. Most countries identify Japanese Knotweed as an invasive species and is actually very damaging to the environment as it grows ridiculously fast and is incredibly resilient to herbicides and cutting. Fortunately, most people will never have to deal with such an aggressive species of weed, dandelions may have long roots, but they don’t come close to the roots of the Japanese Knotweed, which can extend several meters vertically down into the soil and even further horizontally.
Aside from weeds, the grass itself might prove just as challenging to our goal of a beautiful lawn. Grass can grow very patchily, or you can find that it grows poorly or yellows in shadier areas of the garden. Another issue that can be highly frustrating is mixing different species of grass, this can happen when grass seeds are carried on the wind or animals and can result in random patches of grass that look radically different from the others.
Don’t start from seed
A good way to really get a great looking lawn is to sort of cheat; don’t grow the grass from scratch yourself. Installing a lawn cut from quality, well grown turf will allow you to establish a fantastic looking lawn relatively quickly. But of course it’s never quite that easy, there are quite a few considerations and preparations that need to be considered to ensure a good result. Also, as previously suggested, there are many different species of grass and choosing the right one for your garden is a personal choice and one that there are many factors to be considered in making. If you are looking for a lovely soft, high quality and durable grass for your lawn, it might be worth considering opting for a quality soft-leaf buffalo turf as this can provide fantastic results.
To get your lawn space ready for your chosen turf, the first thing that needs to be done is the removal of all of the old plant material from the space, this helps prevent the growth of unwanted grass and weeds. Make sure that the soil is turned over and raked well to remove all stones and plant material for a depth of around ten to fifteen centimetres. Once this has been done you need to access the soil and if it is of poor quality then mixing in a fertiliser and possibly extra top soil might be needed.
The turf can now be installed; it is recommended that you purchase your turf from a respected company such as A View Turf. The best approach to this is to start on the edge and work across the lawn space adding a strip at a time. It is beneficial, but not essential, to offset the end of the turf rolls to prevent there being one area where all the ends meet. Patch up any gaps and then water the lawn in thoroughly; note that there is no point in fertilising the turf yet as it takes a month or more before the turf settles and can receive any benefits from fertilisers. From here, regular watering is essential, several times a day in hot weather, for the first few weeks. After this, the watering frequency can be reduced as the turf will have largely settled and the lawn will be there to enjoy.