Monthly Archives: October 2019

  • 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

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