A green, lush and beautiful lawn is on every homeowner’s wishlist – but unfortunately, it’s not in every homeowner’s yard. Unattractive lawns are a common sight, and make your home less appealing (as well as reducing its value) than homes surrounded by a green velvet carpet. If you’re nursing an old lawn grown from seed that’s seen better days, it may be time to move on.
You don’t just have to put up with a tired, worn and unattractive lawn – consider replacing your old lawn with instant turf instead. You’ll be able to exchange a thin, patchy, sparse lawn with instant greenness, instant thickness and instant appeal.
Here’s how you’ll know that it’s time to give your lawn an instant turf makeover:
Your lawn looks thin, uneven, patchy and unappealing
Lawns grown from seed need a lot of regular care – and without this, they can quickly appear sparse, uneven and patchy. This can become a real problem, especially if you neglect to re-seed the lawn when necessary. Let’s face it, nobody wants to look at, own or use a lawn that’s full of holes and bare patches. If you’re struggling to find a way to get your existing lawn to look thick, full and healthy, it’s time to consider replacing it with an instant turf lawn.
Instant turf grows thickly and evenly, giving you a lush and smooth expanse of grass that you’ll be proud to show off. As well, it has a much higher tolerance to wear and tear than the more delicate seeded lawns and can quickly self-repair any holes or patches that occur.
The colour and texture of instant turf is different to a lawn that has been established slowly and presents much better, as the grass grows in a reliable and even growth pattern. Instant turf means an uneven lawn is a thing of the past – instead, your smooth expanse of unbroken green will inspire envy amongst your neighbours (unless, of course, they have instant turf too).
Use these strategies to get a thicker lawn.
You spend more time working on your lawn than you spend enjoying it
If you dread weekends because it means you’ll need to spend a lot of your precious free time trying to keep the lawn up to scratch, it’s probably time to move on. If your lawn is consuming too much of your time and you feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it.
Time has a finite quality, and while you might have plenty to spare at the moment, the coronavirus lockdown is going to lift at some point and we’ll inevitably get back to our normal busy lives. Spending your time trying to revive a worn lawn that has seen better days might not be the best use of your time – and may turn out to be fruitless if your lawn is getting beyond repair.
Now might be a good time to consider scrapping your old lawn completely and replacing it with brand-new instant turf. Not only will this instantly make your lawn (and your home) look better, it will also mean you won’t have to spend nearly as much time on lawn maintenance. Instant turf lawns are bred for strong growth and low maintenance.
While you might be able to achieve a thick and attractive lawn if you keep working on your old seeded lawn, it will take a lot more time and effort to achieve this outcome. And this may not be time you are willing to give. When you actually weigh up the time, effort and cost involved in the struggle to get your lawn looking good, it probably isn’t worth it.
Particularly as you have the option of instant turf – a quick and convenient solution that will end up saving you money, time and headaches in the long run. For busy or time-poor people, instant turf is a much more convenient and time-wise option. It will allow you to welcome back your weekends – and maybe even spend them using and enjoying the lawn, rather than working on it.
Click here to discover how to get your new lawn turf to establish fast.
Your lawn is overrun with weeds
If your lawn contains more weeds than actual grass, it’s high time you thought about replacing it with instant turf. Weeds will find it much quicker and easier to establish in a lawn grown from seed, as the grass usually takes a long time to establish, allowing weeds to get a foothold.
As well, seeded lawn can tend to be somewhat patchy and thin and will find it harder to outcompete the weeds. Once weeds take hold in lawns grown from seed, they become quite hard to remove, thus requiring a great deal of time and effort to get rid of. In contrast, weeds present much less of a problem in an instant turf lawn. Weeds find it much harder to fight their way through instant turf’s thick, ready-made thatch, and those that do will be easier to remove.
You’ll spend far less time weeding an instant turf lawn, meaning more time for other – much more enjoyable – activities. If weeds are a persistent problem in your lawn, it’s time to go instant.
Find out how to control summer weeds here.
Your lawn is looking dry and worn
Drought and the water restrictions that are common in Australia mean that you may not be able to provide your lawn with the amount of water it needs to stay healthy, lush and usable. This is a problem, especially if your lawn has been grown from seed, as this type of lawn needs up to 66 per cent more water than an instant lawn.
Or perhaps it’s too expensive to be watering your lawn all the time, or you just don’t have the time to do so. Whatever the reason, if you can’t supply your current lawn with the water it needs to thrive, you’d be much wiser to change to an instant lawn. Lack of adequate water leads to your lawn looking dry, crisp, brown and unhealthy, as well as being more prone to pests and diseases.
The thick growth habit of instant turf means it is able to survive and thrive on significantly less water than a lawn grown from seed.
For more do’s and don’ts of watering your lawn, click here.
You’re not using your lawn as much as you want to
Entertainment, family time, sport and playtime – your lawn should be able to be used for all of these and many more purposes. However, a thin, weed-choked, dry, sparse, scratchy lawn that’s full of holes is going to be too unpleasant to be regularly used. And that’s a shame, because it means you’re missing out on all the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle.
Lawns offer plenty of benefits, including improvements in mental health, greater attention and relaxation levels and reduction in anger, depression, stress and fatigue. There’s a lot going for lawns – but it’s a waste having one if you can’t reap the benefits. If your lawn is unusable, it’s time to replace it with one that you’re able – and excited – to use.
The answer of course is instant turf. An instant turf lawn will quickly establish into a beautiful, lush, thick and pleasant surface that you and your children, pets and friends can enjoy using. Rather than an embarrassing eyesore, instant turf will allow you to use your lawn for whatever outdoor pursuit you choose.
It’s time to move on
So, if your lawn is exhibiting one or more of these warning signs, it may be too late – or inefficient – to save it. It’s okay to let it go, as many things have a use-by date. Instead, consider replacing your old lawn with a new, instant turf lawn and watch your lawn problems disappear.
Even better, autumn is a great time to install an instant turf lawn, as your grass will have cooler temperatures to flourish in and the chance to establish well before winter sets in.
To discover the best times of year to install a new lawn, click here.
Installing instant turf will reduce your lawn maintenance time and increase your lawn enjoyment time and your pride in your patch of green. And that’s something well worth doing.
If you’d like advice on any aspect of instant turf installation, contact us here.