Turf stock and availability
To ensure freshness our turf is delivered regularly, but this means we do sell out from time to time, please telephone 0151 336 2116 to check stock levels.
Turf – advantages and disadvantages
1. Quicker results, a mature looking lawn can be achieved in weeks.
2. During initial stages less prone to damage by animals and weeds.
3. The base to lay the turf on does not have to be as well prepared, the turf can hide some imperfections in levels.
4. Turf can be laid all year round, however frosty conditions should be avoided and laying turf in extended periods of hot and dry weather will require additional care and attention
5. Turf is more expensive.
6. Some turf on sale can be of a poor quality. So buy from a reputable source such as Gordale.
7. Once purchased turf must be laid quickly and unrolled and watered on the day of purchase
Seed – advantages and disadvantages
1. Good quality lawn seed is cheap.
2. More variety of lawn seed available to suit your lawn requirements.
3. Much lighter work, no heavy turf to lift.
4. Crucial to prepare the base well to remove weeds and to get the site level.
5. The results are not instant and several months must pass before the area will look like a lawn.
How to Choose Turf
1. Buy only from a well known source. Gordale selects its turf from long established companies.
2. Ensure the turf is good quality. Gordale uses Sports Turf which is suitable for high traffic areas, such as gardens with children and Medallion Turf from Rolawn http://www.rolawn.co.uk/turf-medallion.html
3. Buy a size which is easy to handle. Gordale’s turf is sold either as a square metre or a square yard so not too difficult to lift.
4. Unroll turf to check on the quality, look for a good uniform colour, plenty of roots and weed free. Gordale is delighted for you to unroll the turf, just ask a staff member for help.
5. Buy your turf as near to the day that you intend to use it. Gordale staff will help you put the turf into your car, or for larger amounts Gordale can deliver, usually within one or two days and can arrange your delivery after a new delivery of turf, which occurs once or twice a week depending on the season.
An ideal book for gardeners intending to start a new lawn or maintain an existing lawn is:
How to Choose Lawn Seed
The shelves in the lawn seed department can be daunting if you are not sure what you should be looking for. Firstly decide what you want to achieve with your lawn, what do you want it to look like, how do you want to use it. Obviously, if you want it to act as a football pitch you need to think differently to a show lawn or bowling green. It is best to sow lawn seed from March to May or from September to October.
Luxury Lawn ( Johnsons Luxury Lawn Seed £4.99 for 10m2, £7.99 for 20m2 or £19.99 for 60m2)
A fine bladed grass. No rye grass content*, Fescues and Bents give a rich green colour which needs regular mowing. A high maintenance lawn requiring a regular routine of lawn management. Slow to develop from sowing.
General Purpose ( Johnsons General Purpose £3.99 for 10m2, £5.99 for 25m2 or £14.99 for 60m2)
A mix of fine leaved and coarser grasses, contains rye grass*, it grows quickly after sowing and is hard wearing for heavy family use.
Shady Location (Johnsons Shady Place £4.49 for 10m2, £6.99 for 20m2 or £18.99 for 60m2)
A mix of grasses such as fescue and Bent, tolerant to growing in the shade and with a degree of drought tolerance. Ideal for under trees and by high walls and hedges. Not particularly hard wearing.
Multi Purpose Grass Seed ( Evergreen £6.49 for 16m2 )
A large mix of grass varieties including rye grass, establishes quickly, giving a dense hard wearing lawn, ideal for the family garden .
Full details of how to prepare your base and how to sow grass seed are usually printed on the box, if in any doubt please ask Dave or Mark for information.
*Rye grass is a hard wearing grass, tolerant of heavy soils and quick to establish, grows quickly but can die if cut very short. It is best to buy if the packet specifies a low growing, fine leaved variety has been used as this is better quality than a broader leaved variety and will tolerate being more closely mowed.
Once your lawn is established it will need mowing and Gordale has a selection of mowers ready for the job. We are stockists of Flymo and have chosen their lawnmowers for their reliability, quality and price. All you need to decide is which is the best size for your needs.
All Gardena/flymo mains powered mowers have:
1. Rear Rollers making edge cutting easy
2. Easy empty grassboxes
3. Grab and lift handle on top of mower casing
4. Solid one piece blades