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How to choose the right type of turf for your lawn

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When buying a new turf for your garden, ensuring you have the right type for your requirements is important. Considering your priorities when installing the turf, and the main use you want it to serve will help you to make the right choice.

Here at Buckley Lawn Turf, we offer both ornamental and hard-wearing turfs – we’ve listed the pros and cons of each below to guide your decision.


Ornamental turfs are perfect for a lawn that’s there to look great and be enjoyed while relaxing in the summer. Pros include:

  • Good growth in most conditions – the mix of several different grass types that compose ornamental grass means that you are likely to see good growth from it in many conditions.
  • Looks great – ornamental lawns are designed to look beautiful, so for a typical green landscaped look for your garden, this is the option for you.
  • Modest demands – Ornamental grass has the advantage of not requiring much extra attention, with mowing and one feed, and the occasional raking required to keep it in top condition.
  • Resistant to shade – the mixtures that make up an ornamental turf mean it can withstand shady areas, making it ideal for gardens with trees and a lot of shrubbery.


  • Less tolerant – ornamental turfs are meant to be looked at, so will not withstand the typical wear and tear a family garden may see. If your aim is to create a fun garden space to relax in, but that the kids can also play on all day, an ornamental lawn may not be the best choice.

Hard Wearing

In contrast, hard-wearing lawns are designed specifically for this purpose. They possess the advantages of:

  • Easy to maintain – hard-wearing turf has few additional demands, meaning that once it’s been laid, it needs little maintenance to look good.
  • Hard-wearing – the clue is in the name, but this turf can withstand daily wear and tear, making it perfect for gardens that will see more than a few football matches and children playing games across the lawn.
  • Quick to establish – hard-wearing turf establishes itself quickly once it has been laid, meaning it can be enjoyed quicker without worrying about the grass not rooting properly and being damaged.

Overall, hard-wearing turf is ideal for the typical family garden, providing a great looking lawn that can also withstand everyday use. If you’re looking for a lawn to be enjoyed as a thing of beauty rather than used for function, however, ornamental turf is the choice for you.

We offer both here at Buckley Lawn Turf, with a professional installation service by our expert team. For more information, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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