London Turf Blog

  • Artificial Grass and Your Pet

    If you're thinking about artificial grass in your garden, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask yourself is how suitable is it for my pet?
  • 4 Autumn Leaf Clearing Hacks

    Autumn may well be one of the most picturesque seasons, however as the leaves turn from green into vibrant orange and yellow, you can be sure that within a matter of days your garden and lawn will turn into a blanket of leaves. In this article we’ve outlined a few tried and tested methods in clearing leaves.

    Use a jumbo bag of tarpaulin to move large piles of leaves

    As it's easy to see whenever looking out the window on a windy day, leaves are incredibly light, therefore as long as you have the means to hold a large quantity, they can be moved with fairly minimal effort. Piling leaves up into a jumbo bag or tarpaulin will save you bags of time. At London Lawn Turf we even sell jumbo bags that you can collect from any one of our 5 depots. 

    A mulching mower

    Some lawn mowers will have a setting to mulch. The idea behind this is the lawn mower works in a similar way to a blender, the leaves get sucked in and are obliterated into tiny pieces, then when left on the lawn, these will mulch down and biodegrade into a great fertiliser. 

    A standard petrol lawn mower

    If you don’t have a mulching mower a normal mower can be used. The leaves will be sucked into the bag, which can then be taken to your compost heap. It’s important to remember to keep the blade height on your mower at its highest setting, also bear in mind that areas of dense leaves may have you emptying your bag every few metres! 

    A leaf blower

    By far the easiest and quickest way of moving leaves is with a leaf blower, for larger areas invest in a backpack leaf blower to make the task less strenuous. Blowing the leaves into piles around trees in your garden will help protect the roots against cold winder and lock in important moisture. 

    For more advice on seasonal lawn care visit us in store or speak to one of our friendly sales staff on 01959 897603.

  • Why Autumn is just as good as Spring to Lay Turf

    Laying lawn turf in Autumn

    When many people plan to plant and install lawn turf, they’ll often think of the spring season. This is likely because when we think of Spring, the first things that come to mind are growth, new life and warmer weather.

    Therefore autumn, perhaps due to it conjuring up images of falling leaves, cooling temperatures and shorter days, is often overlooked as a time to lay a lawn. In this article we’ve outlined why Autumn is just as good a time as Spring to install a new lawn.

    The autumnal temperature is perfect
    Even though our Rolawn Medallion Turf can be installed all year round, there are of course times when the climate and weather is better suited to a quick and stress-free establishment. Due to the warmer summer months, newly laid turf needs a huge amount of watering during its first few weeks of life.

    The watering is required to aid against problems such as shrinkage and sod heating. In cooler weather these issues rarely occur. During winter months the lawn is likely to take a lot longer to establish due to the lower temperatures, whereas during autumn we can even see full establishment within 10 days.

    The ground preparation is far easier
    During the summer months our landscaping teams will have to put in huge amounts of effort in turning over and preparing sun baked earth, the same can be said for frozen ground during the winter. In the autumn the ground is normally soft without being over saturated and waterlogged.

    The lawn will require a lot less watering
    Following on from above, the cooler temperatures means newly laid turf is a lot less likely to dry out. In addition to this from mid-September onwards we begin to receive a begin to receive more rainfall.

    In many cases when installing in late September and October rainfall may be supplying all the water your lawn requires.

    You will have a beautiful and fully established lawn for Spring
    Rolawn Medallion Turf is incredibly quick rooting, even in colder weather it can still fully establish within 2 to 3 weeks. A lawn installed in early October will likely be established and ready to be cut within the first three weeks of its life.

    Due to the temperature dropping it will only require a handful of cuts before it goes into a dormant state throughout winter. This means that when we finally reach spring you will have a fully established healthy lawn that’s ready to be walked on and enjoyed. It’s important to bear in mind that as with an established lawn, it’s important to keep your lawn clear from leaves and debris throughout autumn and winter.

    Order your lawn turf this Autumn

    For further information and to order your fresh Rolawn Medallion Turf speak to one of our helpful sales staff on 01959 897 603 or order online.

    Lay Turf in Autumn

  • 2019 The year of a Million Rolawn Turf

    As summer drawers to a close and we look ahead to the long winter months there’s still plenty to shout about for us at The London Lawn Turf Company. For we have just surpassed a milestone that we’re incredibly proud of. On the 26th of September 2019 we sold this year’s Millionth Roll of Rolawn Turf

    We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this great feat.

    To celebrate our record-breaking year, we’ve taken a closer look at this astronomical figure and have uncovered some truly staggering stats.

    One million square metres of turf would cover more than 140 football pitches, The Natural History Museum 10 Times, London’s St James’ Park 5 times and nearly half of the 2012 Olympic Village.

    When rolled out each roll is 1.6 metres in length, with 1 million rolls we could create a lush green carpet that would reach all the way to Berlin, or if we’re feeling more adventurous halfway to the moon!

    This isn’t the only way London Lawn Turf is making the world a greener place, it is thought that 225m2 of Turf will provide enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of a family of four, therefore over 1,000,000m2 is enough to provide oxygen for nearly 4500 families!

    We’ve been premier stockists of Rolawn products for the past 15 years and are advocates for the use of premium quality and long-lasting landscaping materials. We have 5 depots operating throughout London that offer same day collections and next day deliveries on our entire product range.

    Alongside our efficient supply network, we have 5 highly skilled installation teams. To find out more about what we can do for you call us now on 01959 897 603.

    Here’s to the next million!

  • How To Maintain Your Lawn During Winter

    Frosty Lawn

    It can be tempting to put away any garden equipment for the next couple of months, as the winter season begins to get colder and frostier, with lower temperatures and many rainy days. It is significant to ensure that your garden is well and truly looked after since the effects of your lawn during the winter season can be devastating if it is not maintained.

    With changing sun positions and decreased direct sunlight, increased shade, lower daylight hours, and lower soil temperatures, it allows the grass to become more vulnerable and difficult to repair during spring and summer seasons. This is why it is important to ensure that your garden is getting the right tender, love and care for this winter. By keeping your garden in top shape this winter, your garden can look fresh and healthy just in time for spring! Below, are great practices that you can take to maintain your lawn:

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  • 10 Things To Do in The Garden With Your Kids This Summer

    With the summer holidays upon on, we can only hope this sunshine will stick around so the kids can enjoy the great outdoors (minus their raincoats).

    If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to keep them occupied, we’ve got some suggestions for you – all of which can be enjoyed in the garden.
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  • Design Inspiration for Small Gardens

    They say good things come in small packages. Well, it’s no less true for small gardens. While you’ve got less space to work with, there are lots of ways to maximise what you do have (we can vouch for that as a London-based company) – it just takes a bit of vision and plenty of inspiration.

    Whether you want to create a space for your family, for a place of tranquil or an area for entertaining friends, we have a team of landscapers who have been making ideas come to reality.

    With that said, we’ve got some design ideas to get your garden-juices flowing, whether you’re updating your space or giving it a complete makeover.

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  • How to Prevent Dog Urine Ruining your Lawn

    dog-lawnOwning a four-legged friend will no doubt bring untold levels of joy to your life. They provide a loyal companion, get you out of the house and can even lower your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately apart from maybe scaring off badgers, your lawn isn’t likely to see any of these benefits.
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  • 7 Easy Vegetables & Herbs to Grow at Home

    Growing your own vegetables and herbs at home is rewarding and fun. Don't be put off growing your own produce because you've never done it before - we have 7 easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs for you to try!
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  • When to use landscaping bark as a mulch

    Landscaping bark has a lot of uses within a garden, but why would you choose a bark over gravel or pebbles if you want to use it for decorative purposes? Is it just for decorative purposes or can it help your plants by using it as mulch?
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