Selecting quality turf can be a bit of a minefield, especially when there are so many choices online. Laying new turf in your garden isn’t something that you want to do every year, so it makes sense to do some research and choose the best quality turf you can lay your hands on. Find out what you should be looking for when choosing turf, with advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.

Use approved turf

Good quality turf will use STRI (The Sports Turf Research Institute) approved cultivars and be TGA (Turf Growers Association) approved. To get TGA approval, turf must have passed particular tests and be compliant with certain requirements. Some of these requirements include:

  • Turf must be grown on suitable soil types including peats, sands, and loams containing less than 40% clay
  • The sward must be green and not have any visible signs that is it affected by pests or disease
  • The cutting height of the sward when harvested should not exceed 35mm
  • Thatch should not exceed 10mm
  • The soil layer beneath the thatch should be between 5 and 15mm deep
  • Each roll of 1sqm should not weigh more than 20kg
  • Turf should be delivered to the customer within 24 hours of harvesting
  • Turves of 1sqm should be able to be lifted clear of the ground without breaking

Sports turf should, in addition, be cultivated using top STRI cultivars. This ensures that the resulting turf is extremely durable with excellent recovery qualities, is disease resistant, and very quick to establish. This makes the turf suitable for laying on golf courses, football pitches, parks and playing fields.

In general, always look for a reputable, knowledgeable company with a history of growing good quality turf.