What is the best type of grass for my lawn?
Our professional staff offer many services, one of which is giving you the best turf choices that will enhance your garden lawn.. It doesn’t matter if your looking for natural turf or artificial grass, we will install your dream garden lawn.
Artficial or synthetic Turf
Why would i get artificial turf for my lawn?
In todays climate, we are looking to be more and more conservative with water. Artificial turf gives you the perfect green garden lawn without the watering and with low maintenance. Artificial turf has come along way in the last ten years in Victoria BC, and the choices have almost become endless from putting green turf to grass with authentic thatch in it.
Can i have artificial turf, when i have pets?
The answer is yes, The designers of turf have now come up with new products to have turf and pets in the same yard, without the ammonia smell. This allows for the great lawn, happy pets all year round.
Is artificial turf expensive?
Unfortunately the answer to this is yes. The catch to this turf is the cost, while theres very little maintenance and watering, theres alot more installation steps to get this installed correctly.
This is where the cost comes in. Where you save money with real turf, but have to mow, water and maintain it, the money and time you save from that you will spend getting artificial turf installed, But dont get us wrong, it will look amazing and it will pay for its self for many years to come.
Real lawn grass
When it comes to a garden lawn there is no substitute for the feeling of real grass under your feet. But with that feeling comes alot of work…mowing, irrigation, maintenance, etc. That perfect lawn is something we love to install for our homeowners. It is done with a careful combination of the right amount of soil, great irrigation and healthy turf farm products.
Getting great results for your garden lawn turf in Victoria BC
When it comes to garden lawn, it is good to know that turf is not a naturally occuring product, man created it. Because of this, turf is lazy when it comes to growing and abit of a water hog to stay green. If you dont create the right enovrinment for your lawn, then you will have turf that will look and feel poor quality.
Signs of a poor quality lawn.
There are a few tell tale signs when looking at a lawn as to how well or good the soil is under it. Firstly any decent lawn requires a minimum of 4 inches of top soil under it, if you cheap out on this, then in time you will start to feel a spongy turf lawn.
Why is my garden lawn spongy?
When a lawn has very little topsoil, then the roots start of growing down like any plant but when they hit hard pan or clay, they turn back on them selves and gro back up. This cycle just creates a circle of root growth and after a while the only way for a lawn to get more growth for the roots is for the leaf area to raise. This is why some lawns feel like a mattress when you walk on them.
How to fix a spongy lawn?
it is a common misconception that you can fix this by aerating and top dressing a lawn, unfortunately this is not the case. You will never get the 4 inches of soil required back under the turf once it is laid. Unfortunately the only way to fix this problem is to strip the lawn out and start again. Also dont be fooled into over laying a new lawn on top of the old with more soil, this will just cause a whole new set of issues, mostly with drainage.
Why is my lawn brown and patchy?
Another issue is brown patches, this is usually due to lack of water more than poor soil prep. The best answer for this is to get an irrigation system installed to get a nice green uniform turf lawn. If it is still have problems staying green then, look at your watering time. If watering for 20 minutes, isnt giving results, then maybe spliting your watering time into 2 sessions giving time between to allow water to be used with roots.
The reason for this is probably a high clay soil, or compacted soil, preventing water from getting to the roots quick enough. one watering time wont be enough as the ground cant accept the water quick enough, meaning there will be more water runoff then is used by the turf.
Thready or patchy turf.
This can be one of three reasons. over watering, not enough sun light or soil ph. If its over watering or drainage, look for the reason and see if you can fix it by reducing watering times, or redirecting the water if it is a drainage issue. If it is a soil ph problem, then look for the source. A common problem is often needles from a pine or cedar tree, smothering the ground or breaking down and causing a ph imbalance. the same can be the reason for not enough light, but with any type of tree or large shrubs.
Installing a new lawn
In order to get the best results on your turf, it all comes down to what you put under it. Yes you want good soil under your turf, but you also want the right amount. When looking for good soil, you want a nice blend of top soil whcih contains low clay, a small amount of sand, loam and usually a small amount of mulch or compost. Also you want to check that they have prepped the soil to a high temp when making it, as this kills off the weed seeds, which can make a mess of the nicest lawn.
Benefits of good top soil for turf prep for a new lawn:
- consistant growth across your entire lawn
- high traffic areas will recover quicker when turf has good top soil
- you will need less water, fertilizer, and chemicals to keep your lawn healthy
- healthier lawn that looks great all year round
What does a good turf lawn need?
Turf for your lawn only requires 4 things:
With these four things in the right amount’s, you can have great turf and a healthy lawn in your Victoria BC landscape.
Turf requires good quality (ph 6, loamy/sandy loam) soil, and with head to head coverage irrigation, you will be 90% to a lawn that makes neighbors jealous.
A few other options for healthy lawn turf, are using fertilizer in the spring and summer, as well as fall. Make sure you pick the right one for the season, as they have different quantities within them for best results for your lawn for the season.
Mowing to keep your turf at a reasonable level, as well as removal of invasive plants such as crabgrass and clover will help to keep your turf lawn healthy and a consistent color.
Steps for great turf results:
- Remove all sub-grade materials until you are at a consistent depth of 4 inches from your desired finished lawn grade
- Install high-quality top soil blend and rake out roughly. moderately compact the entire lawn area to ensure no settling occurs once the turf is laid.
Note: make sure that your soil is around 1/2″ down from finished hardscaping grades. Check this at walkways, driveways, doors etc
- Once the soil is spread out and compacted, start at the furthest point and begin to final grade with a landscape rake, stopping every few minutes to stand back and check the overall finished look.
- Take into consideration the direction you will be laying the turf (we suggest taking the longest straight edge), how you will get the turf to the rows and your path of travel to get to each row. Also as you complete your grading, make sure to sweep off excess soil from walkways and clean up around edges as you go, so you don’t have soil to clean up after laying the turf.
- With the soil down and final grading done, start to bring in turf ready for laying.
- Once ready to start laying, apply a ‘Starter Fertilizer’ (as per directions).
- You’re now ready to lay your rows of sod. Make sure not to drag it, as this will cause the soil to mound and levels to become undone.
- As you complete rows make sure to lightly re-rake the next row so you can remove any footprints/dents that have been made.
Also, make sure you ‘butt’ each roll of turf up against the last to prevent drying out. Also pay attention to the inside of the roll end, as it may need to have special attention to lay flat.
- Once the entire lawn is laid, you will now be able to go around the edges and cut your lawn shape, and then clean up.
- Once finished, roll the area with a lawn roller that is 1/3rd full of water. now water until turf is saturated through to the soil. If working in a large area, you may benefit from blocking out an area so you can start watering it to stop the turf from drying out.
3 Ways to Protect your Lawn From the Heat
As you well know, hot, dry days are just an inescapable part of summer. Many lawns seem to bake in the heat. But, look around and you’ll see one or two in the neighborhood that look as green as can be. You can help your lawn look just as great in the heat if you do 3 things:
Within 6-8 weeks of feeding, microbes in the soil have processed most of the nutrients for your lawn to absorb. You need to replenish these nutrients with another feeding. A well-fed lawn grows in thick, crowding out weeds and cooling the soil, which helps it handle the heat. then you don’t have to worry about the temperature. However, if your lawn has gone dormant, hold off on feeding until rain revives it.
If you cut your grass short, you’re short-changing your lawn. Longer grass allows the growth of longer roots, which can reach down for moisture even on hot, dry days. Just set your mower on one of the highest settings. You’ll be surprised what a difference this simple step can make.
If your grass has been cut short all season, you’re going to have to water more frequently. But even longer grass needs moisture. So if you choose to water during a dry spell, be sure to water deeply and infrequently. Frequent, shallow watering encourages grass to grow short roots, causing the grass to stress out during droughts. An inch of water a week serves as a good rule of thumb for keeping your lawn green during the hot summer. Just be sure to water as early as possible in the morning, between 6AM and 10AM, to help reduce wasteful evaporation.