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Exeter Landscapes provides turfing surfaces throughout Devon.  We can provide help with all aspects of turfing.  Including re-turfing, levelling and terracing.  Including retaining walls and sleeper beds.  And can offer advice and help with drainage issues.  Exeter Landscapes, an expert in landscaping and garden design.







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The Perfect Lawn • Turfing Exeter • Topsham

Everyone wants the perfect lawn.  Smooth, lush and deep green.  Creating and maintaining the perfect lawn is a black art even to the experienced gardener.   Drainage is important.  Creating the perfect level creates time and effort.  Then there’s the topsoil.  And finally a quality turf.


Turfing Guide • Turfing Exeter • Topsham

Here’s Exeter Landscapes guide to achieving a great lawn.  Exeter landscapes provide turfing services throughout Exeter, Topsham, Exmouth and Devon.  Here are our top tips for turfing in Exeter and Exmouth. 




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Getting Started • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth


Old Lawns • Your lawn has seen better days. Maybe is tired, thin and patchy.  It might be bumpy or may dip in the middle.  It’s time for a lawn makeover.


New Builds • Extensions •   Re-landscaping Maybe you got a new build.  You may not have a lawn yet.  The developer’s work is not up to standard.  You may be making good after on extension.  Or simply thinking about re-landscaping your entire garden.


Turfing • Versus • Re-turfing • Turfing Exeter • Topsham Sidmouth

Sometimes is better to replace your lawn. Compared to the cost and effort of ongoing lawn care.  It will give you that lush lawn you have always dreamed of. Seeding a large is cost-effective.  But it will rely on constant watering.  And deterring those pesky birds!


Turfing will give you an ‘instant’ lawn.  Which will establish more quickly.  Transforming your garden!


Getting Started


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Removing a lawn can be a time-consuming process. And can get generate alot of waste.  Traditionally it was achieved using a sharp spade.  And a lot of elbow grease.  And this method was usually employed when you wanted to reuse the turf. Other methods involve killing the lawn and rotivatingTurf cutters and mini diggers.



Removing Turf By Hand • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Not for the faint heart.  It’s really suited for small lawn areas.  Make sure the ground is relatively moist.  If it’s rock hard.  Give the lawn a soaking with the hose.  The night before.



Killing The Lawn & Rotivating • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

It is possible to weed kill the lawn.  By applying a strong weed killer.  Over the entire lawn area.  Leave the lawn for two to three weeds. Rake off the thatchRotivate the compacted topsoil.  Add a little extra topsoil.  And returf.


The advantages include less waste.  The downside is that you are introducing some pretty nasty chemicals into your garden. It’s not a method we use.  Due to the potential toxicity to pets, children, adults and ourselves!



Using A Turf Cutter • Turfing • Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Why not hire a turf cutter?  Great for removing a large amount of turf.  Works well if the lawn is moist.  Give the lawn a good soaking the night before you are hiring the turf cutter.  You can set the height of the cutting blade.  To determine the thickness of the cut turf.  It is potentially possible to reuse the turf.  This would require you to cut a thick turf.


If you are just looking to replace the lawn.  Set the blade as thin as possible.  This will mean the turf is easier to move.  It will generate less waste. And preserves as much topsoil as possible.



Removing Turf Using a Mini Digger • Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Sometimes you need a bit of extra horsepower.  For large lawns is a good idea to hire a mini digger.  Design to fit through a standard doorway or gate.  A mini digger will certainly make the whole process a lot quicker.  And pleasurable.    Be care full not to remove too much topsoil.  As this will cost you more to move it.  And get rid of the waste.   And of course, you will have to bring in more topsoil.  Increasing the cost of your project, significantly!


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Getting Rid of The Waste • Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

For a large garden, this can be time-consuming and costly.  For the smaller garden, it’s possible to lose the waste turf around the garden!



Create A Soil Pile • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Great for a  smaller project.  Find an area out of the way to create a soil pile.  Behind the shed or greenhouse.  Somewhere out of site.  Either create a compost-type bin.  Or simply stack the sods of turf upside.  And let nature take over.  The turf will rot down over time.  Producing some great topsoil to use in your garden!



Add Turfs to Beds • Turfing  Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

For a small amount of turf.  Simply add the upside turf to the back of your beds.  The turf will rot down to topsoil over time!



Skips • Exeter • Turfing  Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Most large projects will require a skip.  Always tell the skip company that you will be filling the skip will soil and turf.  As there are weight limits on some of the skip sizes!



Grab Hire • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

Some grab hire will take turf.  Others won’t!



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Levelling Your Lawn • Turfing Exeter • Topsham • Sidmouth • Exmouth

First task is to grade and level your garden.  Using turfing rake. Removing any large rocks and stones.  Level the garden by raking and moving soil where necessary.  Add plenty of good quality topsoil, rake, and level.  min topsoil  4″inch ⋅ 100mm.  Roll the area using a bomag pedestrian roller.  Available from hire shops.

Once you are happy with your levels – add your turf.  For instant carpet of grass.  Remember to always water your new lawn.  Water well for at least a couple of weeks or until the lawn has becomes well established.  Try to keep off your new lawn a long as possible.  Avoid the kids playing football long as possible.  Give the lawn light and careful cut after a week or so.   Make sure the ground is not too wet and the turf has rooted.  Try lifting one of the turf’s corners.




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Shady gardens can be problematic.  Parts of your lawn may be overshadowed by high hedgings such as Leylandii or buildings.  Too much shade can lead to thin lacklustre grass, which over time can become mossy.  Try introducing as much sunlight into your garden by pruning vegetation back.


Where this is not possible or the grass is still thin:

Rolawn Medallion turf ⋅ consider replacing the lawn with shade-tolerant grass

Artificial turf ⋅ a great way of eradicating the problem.  Your garden will look great all year round and your lawn will require minimal maintenance.  Check out our artificial grass page for design ideas.

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Over time lawns can become thin and patchy.  Minimal lawn care and extensive wear by pets and children are usually the cause of  the problem.  Depending on the extent  of the lawn damage we recommend:


Re-seed ⋅ repair • Turfing Exeter

September is the ideal month.  Rake the lawn to remove any dead grass thatch and moss.  Add a top layer of a good quality lawn sand, such as Rowland Land Sand.  Overseed the area with a good quality lawn seed, such are Rowlawn Medallion Premium.  Water well until the grass becomes established.  Especially in dry hot weather.


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Some lawns can become waterlogged, especially in winter.  This may be due to:


Compacted soil ⋅ turfing Exeter ⋅ exmouth • Topsham • Sidmouth

Preventing water from draining through the lawn’s top layer. Your best bet is to aerate affected area.  This can be back-breaking with a fork!  Consider Hiring a mechanical aerator from your local Hire Company.  Once aerated, why not brush in lawn sand to help maintain those drainage holes over time.


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When laying turf, its important to add a sufficient topsoil under your turf.  This helps maintain the health of your lawn and promotes good drainage.


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Rake out any thatch in your lawn.  You may want to aerate the soil if it feels compacted.  Try adding lawn sand on top of the grass and brush in well.  If this doesn’t work consider re-turfing the affected area.  When turfing, make sure you add a sufficient layer of good quality top soil (min: 4″inch | 100mm).




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Dig down in your garden and at some point, you will probably hit clay.  Some gardens are worse than others.  An excessive clay layer can cause poor drainage.  The water sits on the clay layer usually with nowhere to go, causing excessive waterlogging.


Add a  drainage channel ⋅ turfing exeter ⋅ exmouth • Topsham • Sidmouth

Digging channels laid with a suitable drainage pipe & shingle,  leading to a suitable soakaway.  This may help to alleviate some of the drainage problems.   Always seek expert advice. As this can be a messy and expensive project. Great for your turfing project, Exeter.


Replace with artificial grass ⋅ turfing exeter ⋅ exmouth • Topsham • Sidmouth

You may consider replacing your lawn with artificial grass.  Artificial grass is laid on a compacted layer of Type 1 MOT (crushed concrete) and granite chips.  Both have excellent drainage properties.  Waterlogging should no longer be a problem.



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