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Turf versus Seed?

I've been preparing a new area of lawn for a regular customer, clearing shrubs, roots, brambles  and levelling. The area is around 240M square.  Once the area is prepped, how long would it take (on average) to lay this amount of turf?   I ask because, as a one man operator, I have only turfed much smaller areas working alone  before.  It is obviously going to be strenuous but also, with one delivery, I would have to ensure the grass is good and fresh as it isn't all going down in one day.   I'm much tempted to push an easier answer on to the customer and suggest I seed it. This would be much less labour intensive although, in fairness, the customer isn't particularly price sensitive and may well prefer the instant lawn effect that turf will provide. The only drawback to me is that I would have to be a bit more precious about picking out the pebbles, which I wouldn't need to with turf. Thanks for any advice on how long to allow.

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  • PRO

    I would think it would be two days at the most after prep. 

  • PRO

    It would in my mind make sense to use a labourer for the day to do the fetching and carrying while you do the laying and just bulid this labour into the price. Its much easier with 2 people for an area like that. If an instant lawn is not required seeding is much easier and cheaper for the customer but also less money for yourself. 

  • also if you turf it will need dailey wartering till it is established, i have found in the past they get fedup after a coupple of days or do not water it enough

  • PRO

    Thanks for the replies guys. I was thinking 2 days myself. 2 very hard days!   I would be happier seeding as I'm not short of work and could fill the saved time in easily. The labourer idea sounds good although I don't have anyone to hand at present. I'm thinking the customer favours the instant lawn although I think I'm going to push seeding. The area has a large oak at the far end and I think there would be a benefit using some shade resistant seed.


    • Second day you’ll hardly be able to move! Have you got anybody that could give you a hand for a day, student, labourer etc? ( ask on Facebook ). If you could get them to fetch the rolls for you you should be able to lay in a day. 

      • PRO

        Sean. Thanks for reply. Yes I find turfing is like wrestling a bear all day!, Seems to use all your muscles, hence I think I'd prefer to seed it.  I like doing smaller areas though, the finish is very satisfying.  I just don't have anyone around to labour right now. There was a lot to be said for the days when my kids were young, living at home  and keen to earn!

        • PRO

          If you choose turf make sure you get the delivery first thing on your allocated first day of laying so you can crack on while its still fresh otherwise if the delivery is too late like mid afternoon or last drop at tea time otherwise you can end up wasting precious time especially if doing this job alone . 

          Personally i dont have a problem with seeding large areas and never had a failure , you or the customer dont get that instant gratification buzz that turf gives and there are bound to be return treks to monitor growth and top up but you will also have to monitor any turf laid . 

          my only rule about seeding is the customer keeps any four legged friends off the area until the lawn is established or you will be fighting a losing battle , you will never keep cats away from the tilled soil and birds will forage but this isn't such a big issue and usually subsides .

          • PRO

            Cheers John. I'm snowed off today and have prepared prices for both seeding and turfing. With labour, timed AM delivery etc. the turf is massively more expensive. Although this customer has never previously been price sensitive, I think the professional thing to do is to recommend seeding. There will be enough seed in the bag should I need to go over it again. I'm at the property weekly anyway so all in all, seeding it makes sense.

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