Not sure whether seed or turf is the way to go when growing your lawn? Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each and decide which groundcover option will work best for your outdoor space.
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Seed is the cheapest method of establishing a lawn and is best sown in early fall or midspring — it will require copious watering if sown in summer. You may need to deter birds by using netting. There are many seed mixes available, including those for shady and damp areas and others that are particularly hard-wearing, so you will easily be able to find a mix to suit your site. Keep in mind that seed can become stale and unusable over time if stored.
Advantages of Seed
Disadvantages of Seed
Turf is a popular choice since it provides you with an "instant" lawn and can be laid most of the year, although extreme periods of cold or hot weather should be avoided. Ideally, turf should be laid almost immediately after it has been delivered, but if this isn't feasible, unroll the pieces and keep them regularly watered and out of direct sunlight. The soil will need less preparation than for seed sowing. It doesn't have to be reduced to as fine a tilth.
Advantages of Turf
Disadvantages of Turf
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