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Fed up with seeing a lumpy, bumpy, uneven lawn? Find out how you can repair your lawn to make it level and lovely again.

How to repair a lumpy bumpy uneven lawn

 

Is looking at your lumpy, bumpy, uneven lawn making you feel a bit queasy? Find out how to make it level and lovely again!

 

Over time, dips and dents can appear on your lawn, that you’ll probably want to put right.

How you fix the problem really depends on the severity.

You might have just a few small dents.

Or larger sunken patches.

Roll with it?

Your first thought might be to use a roller.

BUT…

While using a roller on your lawn won’t damage the grass first-hand, it will cause the soil underneath to compact.⁠

⁠And compacted soil isn’t good for grass!⁠

⁠To grow and stay strong and healthy, grass needs air from the soil.⁠

⁠Compaction squeezes the air from the soil and stops water from draining into the ground.⁠

⁠So it’s a good idea to only use a roller if you really need to!⁠

So how DO you repair bumps on your lawn?

Well, you have several options, so you can choose the best to suit you and your lawn!

🌱 You can even out your lawn by filling in any small ‘dents’ with a thin layer of topsoil over the grass. ⁠

⁠Don’t worry, the grass will grow through the dressing!⁠

🌱 If the dents are bare of grass you can fill them with soil. Either leave the grass around them to cover the patches or add some grass seed.⁠

🌱 You can remove sunken ‘sod’, level the area underneath with topsoil, add some water then replace the sod. Remember to keep it watered until the roots have re-established in the new soil.

🌱 If you want to fix it in a hurry, you can lay new turf. Just make sure you prepare the area well and remember to water while the roots establish.

Happy Gardening!

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Wondering how to lay turf for a fabulous new lawn? Don’t risk turf troubles – read our handy guide here!

How to lay turf

 

 

How to lay turf for a fabulous new lawn!

 

So you’re taking the plunge & investing in a new lawn! Exciting stuff!!

Although it’s a fairly simple job, there are a few things to consider.

Which type of turf do you need?

There are several types of turf & you should choose yours depending on how you plan to use your garden.

Read our blog to help you decide which you need.

And if you’re unsure, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you!

You can see our turf here.

When is the best time to lay turf?

The good news is that you can lay turf at any time of the year.

But it’s much easier on you when the weather is fine and the ground isn’t too hard!

What do you need to do before you lay your turf?

As with many things, preparation is key, so don’t get tempted to rush the prep!

🌱 Clear the surface of the area you are going to turf as much as possible. Remove rocks, stones & plant matter (especially weeds!).

🌱 Dig over or rotovate the area. Again, remove rocks, stones & plant matter.

🌱 Rake the area to level it.

🌱 Firm the area by walking over it with your feet close together (known as the Gardeners’ Shuffle!).

🌱 Rake again to level & perform your best shuffle again!

 

Read our blog, How To Prepare For Laying Turf for more information.

Take your time with the preparation!

 

When should you have your turf delivered?

Ideally, you should have your turf delivered the same day you’re going to lay it.

Once cut & on the pallet, it generally has a shelf life of 24 hours AT THE MOST.

In the height of summer, it will be far less.

You’ve got your turf, now what do you do with it?!

It’s easy to think you can just unroll your turf in any old fashion! But there are a few ‘rules’ you should follow for best results:

🌱 Use laying boards (or similar) to avoid damaging your new turf.

🌱 Start laying the turf along a straight edge, laying the rolls in a brickwork pattern.

🌱 Push the ends & edges close together – remember to PUSH, not PULL as this will damage the turf! (If the rolls don’t fit together perfectly, you can fill any gaps with soil).

🌱 Gently press the turf into the soil beneath. Using a piece of wood for this is helpful!

🌱 If you need to cut the turf, use a saw, lawn edger or long sharp knife.

🌱 When you’re finished, if there are any exposed edges, sprinkle a layer of soil over them. This stops them from drying out & you can remove it once the turf has established.

When ‘joining’ your turf rolls, remember to push not pull!

 

How should you look after your new turf lawn?

After all that hard work, caring for your new lawn to keep it in the best condition is really important!

🌱 Once you laid your turf, water it until the water soaks through to the soil beneath.

🌱 Remember not to use your lawn for several weeks, except to water it.

🌱 Over the next 1-2 weeks, if it doesn’t rain, you’ll need to water your lawn every day. In the evening is best, when it’s cooler.

🌱 After a couple of weeks, check your lawn to make sure the turf has established (rooted). To do this, lift a corner and check that the roots have grown into the soil underneath the turf.

🌱 Once your grass has established you can give it its’ first cut. Remember to keep the mower blade high to avoid damaging the grass.

Make sure your new grass gets plenty of water!

 

We hope this guide helps you! Please feel free to share it with anyone it might help!

Happy Gardening!

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Which gardening jobs can you do in March in the UK? See Kieran’s Gardening Tips & Advice for March.

Which gardening jobs can you do in March in the UK? See Kieran's Gardening Tips & Jobs for March.

 

Which gardening jobs can you do in March in the UK? Find out with Kieran’s Gardening Tips & Jobs for March.

Spring is nearly upon us!

 

I love this time of year – seeing all the colour in the garden from the spring flowers, the sense of new beginnings…

 

And of course, it’s the time of year when we start to mow our lawns again (always a time for celebration if you ask us)! 🥳💪

 

On that note, if you’re excited about letting your mower loose, remember these tips before you start:

Before you mow!

✅ Sharpen the mower blade to ensure a clean cut (or have your local mower repair company do it for you)

✅ While you’re under there remove any old grass still stuck underneath from last year

✅ Keep the blades on a high setting for the first couple of cuts

 

service lawnmower

 

So that’s a couple of jobs to be done in March.

But there’s plenty more you can be doing in the garden this month.

Here are my top Gardening Jobs for March:

🥀 Deadhead spring bulbs when they’ve finished flowering

🌲 Weed beds, borders & pots & add a bark mulch to suppress future weeds

🌱 Add a layer of fresh compost to containers to provide fresh nutrients. (Remove the top few centimetres of old compost first)

🌺 Re-pot any container plants that have outgrown their current pots

💩 Weed your vegetable beds then treat them to a layer of compost or manure to ensure a bumper crop this year

🥬 Plant veg such as shallots, onions, potatoes, broad beans, spinach, lettuce, cabbage & cauliflower. There’s nothing like home-grown food!

🌷 Plant daffodils, snowdrops & tulips – they’re great spring flowers & so easy to grow

🌻 Plant summer-flowering bulbs for ongoing colour

🌹 Prune roses & other shrubs to ensure good growth this year

✨ Have a good tidy up around the garden to get it looking as nice as possible & make your life easier in the long run!

 

And don’t forget to stop now & then, grab a cuppa & take in the spring colours around your garden.

Life’s too short for it to be all work & no play!

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Instagram to stay up to date!

Happy Gardening!

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Laying new turf this year? How to choose which type of turf you need for your garden.

which type of turf do you need

Laying new turf this year? How to choose which type of turf you need for your garden.

 

Spring will soon be on its’ way and it’s the time of year that many people will be starting to think about laying new turf.

When you’re choosing new turf it’s important to make sure you buy the right type for you and your garden.

Which type of turf do you need?

There are several varieties available and the one best suited to you can depend on factors such as:

  • How you will use your lawn i.e. ornamental, family garden, games and sports
  • The type of weather in your area

Luckily for you, here at Oakley Turf, we supply four varieties of turf to meet all our customers’ needs!

Whether you want an ornamental lawn or one that will withstand heavy use by all the family, we’ve got what you need!

The Oakley Turf Guide

Here’s a quick guide to the types of turf we supply:

Ornamental Turf

As you would expect from the name, Ornamental Turf isn’t suitable for family lawns!

🌱 It contains fine fescues, smooth stalked meadow grass and fine bents.

🌱 These are all grasses that cope well with frequent mowing and care.

🌱 Specially grown to a high grade

🌱 Often chosen by Professionals for fine ornamental lawns, golf courses and bowling greens.

ornamental turf
Ornamental Turf

Golf and Bowling Green Turf

Golf and Bowling Green Turf contains a mixture of durable fescue and bentgrasses.

🌱 These are capable of tolerating a high care programme and close cutting.

🌱 Developed to the highest standard over many years, this turf is grown in light, sandy loam soil.

🌱 Independent testing ensures it meets the high standards expected by professional greenkeepers.

Golf & Bowling Green Turf

Hard Wearing Garden Turf

Being made up of an incredibly robust mix of grasses, our Hard Wearing Garden Turf is easy to maintain.

🌱 It’s been designed to cope with dry conditions and partial shade.

🌱 Ideal for high-traffic areas such as family gardens, football pitches and rugby fields.

🌱 Having a deep rooting system means it needs less moisture. This helps to make it future-proof for use in areas where hosepipe bans are common or rainwater is scarce.

Hard-Wearing Garden Turf

Family Garden Turf

We grow our premium Family Garden Turf from the finest fescues, bents and dwarf rye seeds.

🌱 This is a special mix that we developed over 20 years, resulting in a lush green, high-quality lawn.

🌱 This tough turf is durable enough to withstand lots of use by children and pets!

🌱 It can be laid at any time of year and used for a wide range of garden and landscaping projects as well as sports pitches.

Family Garden Turf

 

Whatever your turf needs, or if you’re unsure which type you need, call us and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you!

 

And don’t forget, if you’re not sure how much turf you need to order, you can use our handy Turf Calculator.

Happy Gardening!

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HOW TO REDUCE WEEDS IN YOUR FLOWER BEDS. MAKE THE MOST OF MULCH AND SEE HOW IT CAN HELP!

HOW TO REDUCE WEEDS IN YOUR FLOWER BEDS. MAKE THE MOST OF MULCH AND SEE HOW IT CAN HELP!

How to reduce weeds in your flower beds – make the most of mulch and see how it can help!

When you’ve spent time and made the effort to create attractive beds and borders, the last thing you want is for them to end up overrun with weeds!

That’s plain annoying!

So what can you do? Make the most of mulch and see how it can help!

Adding a thick layer of mulch is a brilliant way to suppress weeds in beds and borders.

It stops the daylight from reaching the ground to allow the weeds to grow.

It might sound odd, but while mulch will suppress weeds, it will actually help your other plants to grow!

It does this by acting as a thermal layer in hot and cold weather and protecting the plant roots.

You can make your own mulch from your compost heap if you have one, or you can buy specially-produced bark chips.

When should you lay mulch?

The best time to lay mulch is when the ground is moist.

If your beds and borders are already established, add the mulch in late Winter or early Spring before the weeds start to grow.

If they’ve already started growing it will be harder to stop them!

Is there anything else you can do?

If you’re planting up a new border it’s a good idea to lay a permeable weed membrane before you add the mulch.

Lay the membrane, cut holes for your plants and pop them in and then spread the mulch on top of the membrane.

 

You will, unfortunately, still need to weed every now and then. But it won’t be anywhere near as often as if you don’t use a mulch layer!

Take a look at our selection of Bark Chippings and Fine Border Bark here:

https://www.oakleyturf.com/product-category/bark/

 

Happy Gardening!

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HORTICULTURAL DREAMS. YOU CAN SEE YOUR NEW GARDEN IN YOUR HEAD – NOW PLAN, DESIGN AND CREATE IT! RELEASE YOUR INNER TITCHMARSH!

horticultural dreams. plan, design and create your dream garden

 

Horticultural dreams – plan design and create your dream garden.

You can see your new garden in your head. Now release your inner Alan Titchmarsh!

 

Do you find that a new year is like spring in that it gives you the enthusiasm to start a new project?

 

If your New Year’s Resolution for next year will be to sort out your garden then I hope this months’ blog will help you.

 

If you’re stuck for inspiration, let us give you some ideas!

 

You don’t have to be a professional to design your garden and give it a fabulous makeover!

 

You may not be using your garden much at the moment, but it’s a great time to plan ahead for what you can do out there next year.

 

And by planning now, you’ll be ready to go when the weather warms up. So there’ll be no excuses for not doing it!

Plan ahead

Start by thinking about and writing down what you’d like in your garden.

  • Plant types (flowering, evergreen etc)
  • Plant species
  • Which colours
  • Fragrances

Maybe there’s a particular spot in your garden that always seems messy that you’d like to smarten up.

Or you might want to add a seating or barbecue area.

Top Tips:

  1. Ferns are a great plant for shady spots as they like the darker, damper conditions.
  2. Aggregates are a top all-rounder for adding interest through texture and colour. You can use them to create a rockery, on pathways, to brighten up borders, the list goes on…
  3. Creating a play area for the kids with soft and safe surfaces is a really good idea. They have somewhere of their own to play and your lawn stays in one piece!

 

Drawn out

Next, sketch a plan of how you’d like your garden to look, what you’d like where etc.

You can use a vision board to do this too – use pictures from magazines to show what you like.

This can be really helpful. You might have ideas in your head of what you want. But magazines and books are sure to give you fresh ideas that you hadn’t thought of!

There are lots of free garden design apps you could use too.

List it

So you know what you want to do in your new-look garden. Now make a list of everything you’ll need – materials, plants, seeds, compost, turf, aggregates etc.

If you’re planning a large-scale, longer-term, project make separate lists for different areas. That way, you can break up the project into smaller tasks.

This will help make it less overwhelming and will also help you to budget for each task and area.

You might be able to get all you need from your local garden centre. But if not, it might be helpful to add to your list where you’ll buy different items from. Which companies, shops or websites. This will make it easier and quicker when you come to buy everything.

 

I hope this helps you plan your dream garden!

 

Don’t forget to check out our website for more ideas and advice.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with our latest news, hints and tips!

Happy Gardening!

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Give your soil a helping hand this autumn and winter by adding a soil improver of manure.

Give your soil a helping hand this autumn and winter. Care for it by adding a soil improver of manure.

 

As we see the leaves on trees turning to the lovely reds and oranges of autumn, we know we’re well into this season.

It’s a great time of year to wrap up warm, go for a walk in the country and watch the seasons change.

Not to mention crunching through the fallen leaves and collecting pine cones and conkers!

 

It’s also a great time to treat your garden to a protective layer of manure.

Give your soil a helping hand this autumn and winter by adding a soil improver of manure.

 

A good thick layer will ensure your soil retains its goodness and nutrients.

  • Manure is a brilliant, natural way of adding nutrients and structure to your soil.
  • It’s the oldest and most effective soil fertiliser and conditioner known to man!
  • It’s also full of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The three main chemicals that plants need for growth.

 

And the great news is, you don’t have to do anything other than spread it on top of your soil!

The worms will do the hard work for you by breaking it down and getting all that goodness into the soil.

In spring you’ll just need to turn over your soil and you’re ready to get planting!

 

We supply bulk bags of horse and farmyard manures:

Our Horse Manure comes from racehorses fed on a controlled diet. It’s pre-turned and shredded so is easy to use and spread.

We source our Farmyard Manure from our own cows and it’s rotted down for at least 12 months.

 

The quality and benefits speak for themselves. Many of our customers return each year for repeat orders to keep their soil in tip-top condition.

If you’re not sure how much you need to order you can use our handy Bag Calculator on our website!

Happy Gardening!

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Prepare your garden for winter!

How to prepare your garden for winter

Prepare your garden for winter!

 

The days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder…

As we dig out our winter woollies it’s a sign that some parts of the garden need a bit of extra warmth too!

So it’s time to think about preparing your garden for the winter.

 

Here are our top tips for getting your garden (and house!) winter-ready:

Tend to plants

Before the frost hits, dead-head plants that have finished flowering and prune shrubs.

If you use supports for any of your plants check to see if they need any repairs. If so, do this now before the weather turns.

Put winter warmers on delicate plants!

Not everyone has a greenhouse or space indoors to put delicate plants over the winter.

Protect them with cloches, frost fleece or bubble wrap.

In the greenhouse

Want to grow salads etc over winter? Give them a helping hand to stay warm by fixing a layer of bubble wrap to the interior of your greenhouse.

Get digging

As long as the ground isn’t waterlogged or frosty, dig clay soil beds to improve the soil quality over winter.

You can leave digging sandy soil until spring.

Cover up

If you’re not growing veg over the winter, cover your vegetable patch with weed control fabric, plastic sheet or flat cardboard boxes. This will help to protect the soil and stop it from losing valuable nutrients.

Improve your soil

Dig in to, or spread on top of, your beds a good layer of soil improver such as compost or manure.

Plan ahead

Even as late as November, you can still plant winter-flowering bulbs for colour in January.

Tidy borders, beds and trim hedges

Weed your beds and borders and give hedges a trim to tidy them up before winter.

Safety first

Tidy paths, patios and paving. Remove moss or anything that can become slippery in the frost or snow.

It’s a good idea to keep a bag of Rock Salt to spread on these areas too.

Winter colour

Make sure you’ve still got something to enjoy in the garden over winter. Add evergreen shrubs and winter-flowering plants.

Wash and wax

Check sheds, fences, decking and outdoor furniture for damage and repair if necessary.

It’s a good idea to treat wooden structures and furniture regularly with oil, wax or varnish to protect them from the cold wet weather.

If you have metal or plastic furniture, give it a good wash now to make sure it’s clean to use next spring and summer.

Keep it clean

Clean water butts, gutters and downpipes.

Check gutters and drains aren’t clogged with leaves and debris. Clear them if they are to prevent overflow when the rain comes.

Feed your garden visitors

Food is scarce at this time of year for birds, hedgehogs and lots of other garden visitors.

Put out fat balls, seeds and nuts for birds.

Keep water fresh and check it daily to make sure it’s not frozen.

Cut a small hole at the bottom of a fence to allow hedgehogs in and either buy or make a house for them.

Look to the future

Now is a great time to plan your garden for next year. Sketch a plan of your garden to show what you’d like in it and where.

Then make a list of all the things you’ll need so you’re ready to go next year.

And last but not least – don’t forget the lawn!

Winter can be tough on lawns so give yours a head start.

Scarify your lawn to remove any moss and thatch so the growth isn’t stunted.

Aerate with a garden fork or aerating tool to get air and water deep into the roots.

If you’re going to add a top dressing you can do that now too.

Happy Gardening!

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How to repair your damaged lawn after the hot summer weather.

Repair lawn after hot weather

How to repair your damaged lawn after the hot summer weather.

 

Over the summer, your lawn can really suffer.

The weather is hotter and we use our gardens much more than the rest of the year.

So it’s inevitable that your grass will show the signs come autumn!

It may be brown, thin and patchy and generally not looking as good as you want it to!

 

But don’t despair…

It may not be as bad as it looks!

The good news is that BROWN grass doesn’t necessarily mean DEAD grass!

Brown grass will revive itself after a good rainfall.

So you might have to play the waiting game until it rains to see what you’re dealing with!

If after a good watering your grass has repaired itself, you can give it a helping hand for next year:

  • Keep your mower blades on a high setting over the winter and into spring.
  • Apply a lawn feed in the autumn to aid recovery.
  • Aerate your lawn to avoid compaction and allow the rain in. (Make sure you use spikes and not hollow tines for this.)

What can you do if it doesn’t recover naturally?

If after a few weeks and some rainfall your grass isn’t showing signs of repairing itself, don’t worry. You can give it a gentle nudge by over-seeding and adding lawn dressing!

  • Scarify if necessary – gently remove any thatch and/or moss with a rake
  • Remove any weeds
  • Rake your lawn to break up the surface
  • Scatter grass seed and rake over to ensure an even spread and get the seed into the soil
  • If you are also adding lawn dressing, brush a layer over your lawn
  • Water where you have seeded, sit back and wait for your new grass!

The seed should start to grow in 7-10 days – simple!

What about patches?

Where the grass is dead in patches, you can remove it and add new seed.

  • Scrape away the dead grass using a small trowel
  • Rake the soil to loosen it
  • Add a layer of grass seed (also add seed to the surrounding grass to blend together the old and new) and water.

You should see new grass growing within a week.

And if it’s beyond repair?!

If there’s nothing you can do to revive your grass, the time may have come to invest in a new lawn!

The idea of laying new turf may fill you with dread but it’s quite a simple job.

Take a look at our blog on How To Prepare For Laying Turf for our top tips and advice.

 

We have a handy turf calculator on our website so you know how much turf you need to order.

And our wide range of turf types means we have something to suit all needs.

Our Hard Wearing Garden Turf can withstand dry conditions so is perfect for dry summers!

Take a look here to see which would be right for you and your garden.

 

Good luck, and as ever, if you need any help or advice just get in touch!

Happy Gardening!

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What are the benefits of gardening? Why is it so good for us?

What are the benefits of gardening? Why is it so good for us?

What are the benefits of gardening on our physical and mental health? Why is it so good for us?

 

You can really reset your mind and body in the garden!

Being out in the fresh air is SO good for our physical and mental health!

Especially if the sun is shining!

Workout outdoors!

Gardening is great for your physical health!

And as it releases feel-good chemicals it’s great for your mental health too.

It also gets the blood pumping and gives you a full-body workout.

Did you know, you can burn up to 300 calories by gardening for around 30 minutes?!

And the best part is, it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

Relax and reset your mind!

Even if you’re not doing any gardening, grab a cuppa and a slice of cake, and enjoy it in the garden surrounded by nature!

Kick off your shoes!

Walking barefoot on grass, especially early in the morning, is grounding. This means it connects the body’s electrical frequencies to the Earth’s.

It also has many other health benefits, such as:

  • Helps prevent insomnia
  • Improves mental wellbeing
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Regulates heartbeat
  • Improves eyesight

Plus, it’s FUN! There’s something so refreshing about walking barefoot. Whether it’s around your garden or on a sandy beach!

A few minutes walk around your garden really helps you to reset and appreciate what you have around you.

Listen to the birds, watch the butterflies and admire the flowers!

No garden? No problem!

You don’t have to miss out if you don’t have a garden.

Go for a walk in the countryside!

There are so many fantastic places to visit.

Whether it’s a country estate garden, a nature reserve or a country or river walk close to your home!

Explore somewhere new or revisit a favourite place you haven’t been to for a while.

While you’re there, stop for a moment to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of nature!

And most of all, enjoy it!

 

So what are you waiting for?

Get OUT there and take it all IN!

 

Afternoon Tea

Did you know, 13th – 20th August is National Afternoon Tea Week?

What better place for afternoon tea than in the sunshine in your garden?!

Make some cakes, sandwiches (don’t forget to cut the crusts off!) and of course, a pot of your favourite tea.

Then enjoy it all in your favourite spot in your garden!

Happy Gardening!