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“It started very well”… Tom Nicholas of Me, My Spade & I tells all about a turfing project his team completed in August


"I sit in my van watching my incredible team work their socks off"

Tom Nicholas

 

In June, Me, My Spade & I were kindly asked to lay a new lawn for a new client. It started very well, and in late July, when we started the project, we seemingly had perfect weather for turfing

We are now in to the month of September, and I do hope for an Indian summer; the poor British public have seemingly been recipients of yet another poor summer, and deserve wall-to-wall September sun! If, like me, you are sick to the back teeth of the wet weather, let me tell you about a project we completed in August that should enlighten you as to the reason why I’m moaning particularly hard.


 

In June, Me, My Spade & I were kindly asked to lay a new lawn for a new client. It started very well, and in late July, when we started the project, we seemingly had perfect weather for turfing: not bright sunshine (which helps keep the turf moist), but not wet (meaning we can work the soil). Perfect, or so it seemed...

After a week of dry weather, the old grass had been lifted and the stone burier had come and gone. We then set about raking and levelling the new lawn. Around this time we were ‘treated’ to one of the heaviest downpours I’ve seen for some time. Our patience was being tested, because two weeks later, we had worked just four days. Luckily, two days of good weather arrived, the whole team were assembled like a superhero gardening posse, and progress was made, completing around 80 per cent of the lawn preparation for our efforts.

Finally, 1,000 rolls of turf were ordered and delivered, the weather forecast looked good, so surely now was the time for the job to push on? As it turns out, no. Bloody weather! 200 rolls had been laid, 800 sat there for two days and stress pains set into my chest. Finally, the weather dried up enough for us to push on, the 800 remaining rolls of turf were laid and the next 1,000 were ordered and delivered. I currently sit in my van watching my incredible team work their socks off, with two days of good weather ahead of us, and I hope to see the lawn take its proper place in this piece of English countryside. I have to praise my team for the early starts and the late finishes to make up time on this job; they are all superstars and deserve endless credit for the job at hand.

Incidentally, the lawn in question is over 4,000 rolls of turf and 3.5 acres in total. It has been a stressful but brilliant job: the client is extremely happy with the outcome and I look forward to the next turf job we get to – I just hope for some better weather next time.

Our turf was delivered in super condition by Turf Direct. If you are in need of good quality turf I would recommend you give them a call – Louis from Turf Direct was a perfect person to deal with and can help you with turf jobs as well.

 

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