Something that lots of people ask us via our online chat, is “is your turf free from pests and diseases?” Our turf is grown with the minimum use of chemical pesticides yet we don’t knowingly despatch bugs with it. Read our blog to find out more.
Turf is an environmentally friendly product
There are many environmental benefits to a natural grass lawn
- Millions of grass plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into oxygen for us to breath.
- Rainwater filters through a lawn and back into the ecosystem thus helping to support the natural water cycle and relieve pressure on drainage infrastructure.
- The leaves capture dust and pollution from the air and trap it in the soil.
- Plants release water vapour into the air which cools the atmosphere and helps keep us comfortable
- The soil beneath your lawn is home to a vast ecosystem of beneficial fungi, bacteria and minibeasts.
- Any roots or leaves that die are replaced by new ones. The old vegetation is recycled within the soil to make plant food.
- Minibeasts in the soil are forage for some species of bird and often metamorphose into insects that are vital for our food chain.
- Wellbeing cannot be measured but I’m sure most people will admit to feeling better when relaxing on or around a soft green lawn.
Keeping turf healthy on the farm
Turf can only provide all of those benefits if it is a) alive and healthy and b) part of an enormous ecosystem. The production team at Turfonline do our best to ensure that the grass, the soil and any worms and microbes in it are in the best possible heart. Sometimes that may mean that you spot an occasional lavae or a beetle but we aim to keep a healthy balance of everything.
Harvesting and relaying turf can temporarily change the natural balance
Of course we only harvest turf that looks good and appears to be in rude health. However the process of being sliced from the ground, rolled up, transported, relaid and drenched with water can sometimes stimulate a change in the balance of nature. It’s a bit like when you go on holiday and change your lifestyle for a while. Different climate, food and water can occasionally cause upset tummies, itchy skin or headaches.
So whilst the Turfonline Team are rigorous in their health checks and very careful to send out healthy turf, from time to time Mother Nature steps in just to let us all know who’s really in charge.
How to avoid disease problems in new turf
- Turfonline are confident that our turf is in great condition when it’s harvested
- However, because it’s a natural product we cannot guarantee that there are no pests and diseases in a consignment
- Turf must be laid as soon as it arrives – the longer it is rolled up, the more susceptible it is to diseases
- We recommend using a pre-turfing fertiliser so that your new turf has all the nutrients it needs to keep lawn diseases at bay.
- Keep newly laid turf well-watered until the roots are established and growing strongly
- Never scalp a new lawn with the mower.
- Always mow with really sharp blades – blunt blades will rip at the grass and leave open wounds that are slow to heal.
- Don’t worry if you see toadstools in your new lawn. They are perfectly natural and will soon disappear. Click here for more info about toadstools in turf.
- If you are at all worried, contact your turf supplier for advice.