Finding the right quality lawn turf isn't as straightforward as it may appear at first glance – samples can look fantastic by looks alone, but there’s more than meets the eye. You’re going to want to do a thorough examination of the lawn turf you have under consideration in order to guarantee full satisfaction in the long run. Whether you’re beginning with a brand new lawn or maintaining an existing lawn, the trials and tribulations of getting that perfect lush green lawn are the same. Here’s our guide to buying top quality lawn turf, what to avoid and what to ask to ensure that you get the absolute best deal possible.
The first step you want to take involves your olfactory skills. Ensure the turf doesn't smell like rotting vegetation. This is a huge warning sign of low-quality products, so it’s important you take your time.
It may look a little embarrassing to hold your nose against a turf product for an extended period, but the experts will understand your thought process! If your nose isn't exactly working at full tilt, take someone else with you as well.
Weeds are a great indicator of lawn turf quality. If you find more than just a couple of them (any is a bad sign really!), be wary about buying it. Don’t expect it to be of superior quality, in any case.
Pick Up the Roll
The strength of the turf is also an important facet of the selection process. Unroll a few turves to really check the quality of the turf. They should maintain an even thickness, between ½ inch and ¾ inch.
Hold It Up
Another great significance of quality is not being able to see through the lawn turf. Hold the roll up against the light – natural light works best – and make sure you can’t see through it at all. If you can see even the slightest thing through the turf, it’s time to look elsewhere. When lifted, the turf should firmly hold together and the underside should be moist. Make sure you reject any turf that’s dry, looks diseased or contains any weeds.
What About Delivery?
If you can’t examine your turf before you buy, that doesn't mean you should say goodbye to your rights. Most suppliers will allow you to refuse products that aren't up to scratch.
Make sure you check that you've chosen a reputable supplier that’s known for quality products and service. Don’t be afraid to pay 10-20% more to get your hands on a quality product that will serve you well for a long time. Saving money can sometimes lead to waste, as you’ll just need to replace your turf in a matter of months!
Get Professional Advice
Buying lawn turf is an essential cog of getting your garden looking the way you want it, which is why you don’t want to make a mistake at the point of purchase. It can be an expensive one as well, which makes professional help an advisable step.
Professionals know their stuff, so their advice can bring you expertise that would otherwise take you years to learn. It’s not just about buying the right lawn turf this time, but about gaining the knowledge required for the future as well.
Finally, Think About Maintenance!
Quality lawn turf isn't just about buying the right type, but also about your own input. Ensuring your keep on top of things will keep your lawn looking great throughout the year, so be prepared to take an active role in lawn maintenance. Combined with a quality product, you can have a garden that will be the envy of the neighborhood!
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