As turf is a living product growing on a living soil with the ever changing weather conditions, things may not always be as straightforward as they seem. Problems can occur, but if so, do not despair, help may be available. We always want you to be delighted with the turf and products we supply, so if you are not completely satisfied, please let us know, and we may be able to assist.
We are often asked whether our turf is suitable for pets. While it is a very attractive grade, it is also extremely hard-wearing, making it ideal for domestic lawns. Allowing the lawn to establish before giving pets (and children) free rein is preferable, although this is often easier said than done! Newly laid turf is more prone to dog marking due to young roots at a shallow depth, although if marking is very bad, the issue could be soil acidity. Diluting urine patches with water will help, and regular feeding with our slow-release fertiliser will assist the lawn, making it better able to deal with the effect of the elements, disease, and urine!
Annual Meadow Grass (Poa Annua)
Poa Annua is an opportunist, and turf cannot be guaranteed to be free from it. As it typically occurs when turf is under-fertilised and over-mowed, the remedy is to fertilise your lawn regularly and maintain a cut height of around 30mm. If the problem persists, the answer may be to scarify and over-seed with a more vigorous grass, and this is something we can carry out if you wish.
These are the larvae of Crane Flies (Daddy Longlegs), the female of which is able to lay 300 eggs at any one time. Eggs are laid in late summer, and the larvae can live under turf for up to a year, steadily munching their way through the roots, and attracting predators which can also assist in destroying your lawn. Newly laid turf is particularly susceptible as the roots are easier to munch through.
Mushrooms & Toadstools
Mushrooms and toadstools will appear in warm, moist conditions, such as when newly laid turf is watered. They come from microscopic bacteria and fungi which are present in all soils, and which decompose the dead and dying tissue arising from damage to the roots when turf is harvested. When weather conditions are right, the fungus will then produce mushrooms and toadstools, which will in turn release spores that can continue to grow if there is sufficient dead material to feed on. Mushrooms and toadstools will not appear in cold conditions, and if decomposition is not complete before winter arrives, then more may appear the following year, although it is unlikely they will continue in subsequent years. The most common type is the Brown Hay Cap, which is usually only harmful if large numbers are eaten, although it is advisable to keep children and pets away from affected areas until they disappear, which will happen quite naturally within a few weeks. Alternatively, regularly mow affected areas or break the stems, which will allow the fungus to dry out and disappear. Although we normally recommend leaving newly laid turf for at least a month before mowing, if the mushrooms have appeared due to wet weather, then chances are the turf is established enough to mow. If in doubt, please give us a call.Unlike the mushrooms and toadstools that can appear in newly laid turf, fairy rings are circles or arcs that are caused by a fungus already present in the soil in your garden. The turf provides a home in which the fungus can grow when conditions are right for it to do so.
There are three types of fairy ring:
Type 1 Rings of dead or stressed turf surrounded by lush green grass
Type 2 Rings of dark, stimulated grass
Type 3 Rings of mushrooms or toadstoolsThe darker, stimulated grass is due to nitrogen being provided as a result of the microscopic bacteria living off of dead and decaying material. The lighter, dying patches result from lack of water due to a waxy substance given off by the bacteria and fungi which coats the soil particles, making them water-repellent.
Fungicides are available to treat fairy rings, although this is best carried out by a professional gardener. There are however steps that can be taken to reduce the appearance of fairy rings:
Fertilise the grass (avoiding the areas of over-stimulated growth)
Aerate the lawn to allow water to penetrate the roots of the stressed turf Fairy rings can be prevented by adequate preparation prior to laying turf and regular maintenance thereafter. The fungus tends to manifest itself in soils with high moisture levels, and the microscopic bacteria will feed on thatch. It is therefore advisable to ensure good quality soil is used with adequate drainage, followed up with regular fertilisation and periodic scarification and aeration.
These can be an indication of foliar fungus, which is common with extended periods of cool, wet weather. Some of these diseases are detailed below, but preventive and remedial measures include:
Mow properly – long grass stays wet for a long time
Fertilise properly – as some fungi attack when fertility is low while others attack when it is high, fertiliser needs to be applied just enough to support good growth
Water turf & ensure adequate drainage
When brown patches are present, do not mow when wet as this will spread the disease
Red Thread Disease
This disease is usually not harmful, so unlikely to cause permanent damage. As lack of nitrogen encourages red thread disease, it can be treated most effectively by feeding your lawn with a high nitrogen fertiliser, increasing fertility. Usually occurring during the growing season, it is characterised by irregularly shaped pale pink areas of turf with leaves often dying and matted together, and perhaps pink fluffy fungal growths or coral red needle-like undergrowths.
Fusarium Patch Disease
One of the most common diseases of turf in the UK, symptoms include irregularly shaped orange-brown areas of turf, sometimes with a white or pink fluffy fungal growth around the edge. It occurs in still, humid conditions when grass stays wet for most of the day, and in most cases, the diseased area will completely recover once the grass is actively growing again. This process is slower in autumn or winter because the turf is not growing fast enough to recover quickly. To prevent Fusarium, avoid damp, shady locations, and do not over-feed your lawn. Mow regularly to prevent the leaves from becoming too long, and well-structured, free-draining soil will help.
Generally yellow/orange fungal pustules, turning to brown in late summer, and a black powder late autumn as the disease prepares itself for winter. Rust will only infect turf which is actively growing, and is common in nitrogen deficient lawns, particularly those that have already been infected by a fungal disease such as Fusarium or Red Thread. In order to control Rust, the lawn needs to be properly cared for in terms of fertiliser, mowing and drainage.
While we cannot cover every potential disease here, it is worth bearing in mind that most are avoidable if the turf is well looked after. The following points should help give your lawn a fighting chance:
Prepare the ground
Ensure adequate drainage
Fertilise prior to and after laying turf, and regularly thereafter
Keep newly laid turf watered (but not saturated)
Once established, maintain mowing height between 15mm & 35mm
If necessary, change the environment (for example, if trees are creating too much shade, perhaps thin them out)
We stock a large range of seed for both patching and complete lays
A guide to soil quantity required:
A guide to compost & mulch quantity required:
We cut all our turf to order to maintain the best possible quality. All of our turf comes in rolls which are a square yard in area, when measuring please allow for 5-10% wastage. If you are having problems working out the area required for topsoils and turf please do call the office and we will be happy to help.
We have a range of fertilisers in stock to make your new lawn thrive.
Broadcasters for seed and fertilisers, compatible with our own range of fertilisers
Sherborne Turf was established in 1972 and what started as a family business. Growing all our Turf in and around Sherborne Dorset. We have been supplying the local area with turf, has grown steadily to encompass all aspects of gardening, while maintaining its traditional values. As the name suggests, our core business is turf, and we currently have around 150 acres of quality farmland dedicated to the production of our Trent Turf. We are members of the Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) and as such our grass is grown to high trade standards. The seed mix is a blend of perennial ryegrass, chewings fescue, slender creeping red fescue, strong creeping red fescue, and smooth stalked meadow grass, and has been developed over the years to produce a good quality grass that is hard wearing and suitable for domestic lawns. As part of our commitment to the environment, turf is grown without the help of netting that can pose a trip hazard and be costly to remove. Instead, our blend of grasses is designed to knit together and form a firm base, and the turf remains in the ground for 18 months before harvesting. It is then cut to order and delivered using our own vehicles and drivers experienced in the product.
Orders below 5 tonnes or 5m³ are supplied in dumpy bags; orders above 5 tonnes or 5m³ can be supplied either loose or in dumpy bags. Deliveries for loose loads are made on vehicles ranging from 4-wheel tippers to 8-wheel bulkers, depending on access & your requirements. Our dumpy bags hold 600 litres of soil, & 700 litres of compost, bark & mulch.
Trent Turf is a blend of perennial ryegrass, chewings fescue, slender creeping red fescue, strong creeping red fescue, and smooth stalked meadow grass.
Our rolls are sold in Square yards and cost £3.00 Inc vat per roll. Please call the office for trade prices.
Funnel shaped to improve material flow and with adjustable flow rates for seed and fertilisers
The Lawn and Landscape Centre, Marston Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4SX
|Depth||1 Bag Coverage||7 Bags Coverage (5m³)|
|3" ||9m² ||65m²|
|4" ||7m² |
|Depth||1 Bag Coverage||5 Bags Coverage (5 tonnes)|
|3" ||8m² ||40m²|
|4" ||6m² |
Constructed of metal this oscillating sprinkler will cover 224 SqM.
We can offer forklift delivery for palletised turf and bulk bag products, for hard to reach places or those with difficult access we can deliver with smaller vehicles. We do have a minimum order for delivery.