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Turf and plastic mesh

Hi everyone,

We have used the London Lawn Turf company to supply our turf for the last few years. They supply Rolawn. They have just informed us it is now grown with the plastic mesh inside (octogrids) We are not too keen on this as we were told, by another supplier, that lower quality turf has this in to keep it together. A lady from Rolawn called us this morning to tell us that they have NEVER had a complaint about the mesh- they we are the first people!

We pay around £2.31 (inc VAT) a roll when we order over 200 rolls. When the order is under 200 it can range from £3.50 - £4 a roll.

We are now looking at other turf suppliers and wondered who others can recommend? Some local companies supply Sovereign turf- does anyone have any experience using this?

Aye and Susan

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  • They use to do this years ago. We never had any problems at all.

    On the upside we found it stopped moles coming through.

  • How strange that you post this, but we are in the middle of planting 90mtrs of hawthorn hedging (Readyhedge - excellent product for instant hedging by the way!) and are cutting through existing lawn, laid with plastic mesh. 

    It was put in by the growers so that they could cut the turf quicker and therefore get more  crops from the field.  From what I remember, it worked out that they could get a crop prepared, sown and lifted after just one growing season, whereas the standard would be two growing seasons, ie 18 months or so.  I thought the process had been abandoned.

    There are two Essex companies you could look at - Tollshunt Turf or Ace Turf.  Not as fine as the top grade Rowlawn, but preferable for domestic use as far we are concerned.

  • Paynes turf   01255 830325 , very good hard wearing turf , laid 1500 m
    only last week no problems . Imoa best turf supplier in Essex  and  very reliable .
  • I've not come across it in lawn turf but have come across the mesh on wild flower turf, which I guess made it easier to transport. Unfortunately the mesh did mean that it couldn't be underplanted with bulbs which rather defeated the object of the exercise.

  • I use Springbridge in Denham for turf.  They use a turf grower in Norfolk, cant remember the name off hand.  BUT lucky you that you can even consider laying turf.  Not an option for us folks in the Thames Water area.

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    One of our turf suppliers used nylon mesh during production.

     As Colin says it does mean there's a shorter turnaround from sowing to harvesting and it also means that turf can be cut thinner reducing the weight of a single turf meaning more can be carried on a delivery lorry.

    Nylon mesh is a problem for scarifiers and aerators; many times did we pull large chunks out of lawns or get machinery clogged up when the nylon interfered with the moving parts.

  • Try Qlawns. They are based in Thetford, but deliver nation wide.
  • ill second that. our supplier in sussex grows there own, but imports there stuff in as well. Used it for about 8 years now, very good consistent quality

    Andy Hansell said:

    Paynes turf   01255 830325 , very good hard wearing turf , laid 1500 m
    only last week no problems . Imoa best turf supplier in Essex  and  very reliable .

  •  I will third that.

    Superb turf, and one of the best ive used!
     Thermo said:

    ill second that. our supplier in sussex grows there own, but imports there stuff in as well. Used it for about 8 years now, very good consistent quality

    Andy Hansell said:

    Paynes turf   01255 830325 , very good hard wearing turf , laid 1500 m
    only last week no problems . Imoa best turf supplier in Essex  and  very reliable .
  • We use Soverign turf from our local supplier, Country Supplies 01494 562406.

    But have had it delivered direct from Soverign when working outside Country Supplies delivery area.

    To date i have never had cause to fault there turf quality.

    They also do a drought/ shade resistant version that may be of interest.

    Many years ago we used to get supplied turf with mesh in it and like others have said before me it is a nightmare to work with, the faithful half moon has to be put away as i cannot cut through it, if due to drought or hard wear it can become exposed and is a nightmare to dispose of.

    I personally would stick well clear of it.

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