MEADOW GRASS TURF
Meadow grass turf is one of the most affordable and popular types of turf for gardens and lawns. This turf is found on agricultural grasslands; it comes with an assortment of grass species native to where it was lifted. Meadow grass turf has its advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss below.
Meadow grass turf comes with a large range of grasses, including weed species. Hence, if you are looking to purchase a low-maintenance turf, meadow turf may not be the best choice for you. This turf will require the gardener to start engaging in a number of routines to control the weeds, such as pulling, using herbicides, as well as fertilizing and mowing frequently.
To ensure that meadow grass turf acclimates on your soil, you need to make sure that it was lifted from the soil that matches yours. Soils are not uniform – they have different ratios of clay, sand, and silt in them. Moreover, the turf will be best for you if it comes from a climate that’s similar to yours in temperature, the amount of sunlight, and humidity. Ensuring that meadow grass turf matches your climate and soil will help you achieve the fastest acclimatization of the new turf in your garden.
The good point of purchasing any type of turf is that it is much easier to prepare the site for turf laying in comparison to seed sowing. In case of sowing seed, the gardener would need to start preparing their site as much as six months prior to the actual seed sowing. In case of turf, it may require as little as a few weeks.
How long should you wait prior to placing meadow grass turf after preparing the soil? It is advised to have the soil prepared at least a few weeks in advance. This will allow for the soil to “heel” and settle. Site preparation includes: levelling, spraying weeds with herbicide (at least 2 weeks before laying the turf), and applying fertilizer.
When can you place the meadow grass turf? The best times for laying are spring and autumn – that is when the soil is warm and moist enough to ensure a quick establishment. The lawn can also be laid in the summer, provided that you are willing to irrigate it frequently. In fact, the turf can be laid at any other time of the year, as its root system will also start to develop during colder periods.
So, the main advantages of meadow grass turf include: it gives an instant sward cover, you can lay it almost anytime, and you need less preparation. The main disadvantages of meadow grass turf include: it costs more than seed, it can contain undesirable grasses and weeds, imports alien soil to the bed, and causes root breakage.