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Why does turfing a garden cost so much?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by leegsi, 10 Jul 2021.

  1. leegsi

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    Why does turfing a garden cost so much?

    The cost of the turf seems to be a low percentage of the cost?
     
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    preparation.
     
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    Its all in the preparation which is what takes the time, rotovating, levelling, raking and then laying the turf.
     
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    Ah it makes sense that they majority is labour to prep the area.
     
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    Buy seeds. You can get a large lawn for about £30 if you seed it. I sowed some seeds a month ago, and with all the rain we've had, have a nice lush lawn already.
     
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    If you want a decent lawn seeding takes nearly as much prep as turfing
     
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    yeah, still need to prep, but you spend much less and get a better lawn.
     
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    Mine 12 months ago 5E34F42B-F258-44BC-8845-42FDCA39DF22.jpeg 42925F28-E696-433F-ACC7-3846AD4DBE03.jpeg BABEBDEE-D539-478B-87F4-41B855BED442.jpeg 5E34F42B-F258-44BC-8845-42FDCA39DF22.jpeg 42925F28-E696-433F-ACC7-3846AD4DBE03.jpeg BABEBDEE-D539-478B-87F4-41B855BED442.jpeg
     
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  14. Very nice looking lawn! Did you do that yourself or had contractors do it!
    Which is the superior lawn - Seeded prepared bed lawn or a laid turfed lawn or is there no difference would you say? My garden in my refurb house is so full of weeds it would need to be redone
     
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    I used to talk BS with a cricket & bowling club greenkeeper & learned quite a few lawn tips.

    By far the best one was to pre-germinate the seed. Mix the seed with fine, slightly damp topsoil in a bucket, leave in a dark place until the first signs of germination appear. When you spread this on the lawn the seed is already to root & grow rapidly.

    Visiting teams would scratch their heads at just how good a condition his greens were, especially towards the end of the season.
     
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    OK, small area, and I didn't prep the ground beyond raking it and making it flattish. But didn't cost me anything as I already had seed left over from a couple of years ago

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  17. In terms of overall quality of the job how does "complete re-turfing" compare to preparing the ground and reseeding"? From a technical point of view are they both equally as good as each other with the turf just being slightly quicker?
     
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