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Hiring a tradesman for lawn turfing or re-turfing
When you want to have an area turfed or re-turfed it is important to hire the right professional. Plentific can quickly provide a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer turfing and re-turfing services, as well as quick access to customer reviews that can help you choose between your options and find the right tradesman for you.
What do you need to know about lawn turfing and re-turfing?
The first thing you need to know about having your lawn turfed or re-turfed is that the prior condition of the area is the biggest determining factor for price. The area you want the work done on may require levelling, you may need to add new soil or feed, remove waste or, of course, you may need to strip the old lawn. It is a good idea to prepare the area as much as you can beforehand to save money. You will want to measure the area as well, as this will determine not only how long the job will take but how much turf you will need to purchase. You should also know as much as you can about the area’s current turf quality. It is a good idea to ask your tradesmen choices to assess the job themselves. This may well be a free service.
Before making your final decision you should be prepared to check the experience and qualifications of each of your choices. Some may have completed apprenticeships or college courses, or may have a qualification from a tradesman’s organisation. Membership in such an organisation is a good sign, as they typically enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. You should also ask to see customer reviews for your different choices. You may even be able to see pictures of previous jobs.
A tradesmen may be able to advise you when it comes to choosing your lawn turf, not just according to price but also what will grow well in your area. Keep in mind that turfing is not a one-time job. The new turf will require watering for several weeks after being laid down, until the new roots take hold.
Remember to make sure that your choice has adequate coverage and guarantees relating to accidental damage. They should also have a policy in place for if you are unsatisfied with their work, or if it requires additional attention.
How much does lawn turfing or re-turfing cost?
The cost of turfing or re-turfing a lawn depends on the size of the lawn in question, as well as the quality of the area you want turfed. Prep work may be required such as stripping the old lawn, levelling the ground, removing large stoners and adding new soil and feed. You may be able to do several of these jobs yourself, in addition to removing waste material after the turf has been laid. Certain complications may also come up, such as certain species of weed which can be very deep rooted and will need to be removed by a specialist. You should ask your choices to give an assessment of the job, along with a breakdown of their quotes, to help you decide how to best approach things.
There are typical factors to consider that can drive up the price of the job. Your location in the UK is important - turfing and re-turfing in London can be much more expensive than it is elsewhere. The amount of access to your garden is also important, as it affects the speed at which the job is done and also whether your tradesmen can safely bring the right equipment and tools to the site. Depending on the amount of waste you may also need to hire a skip.
It is important to get several quotes to choose from. The price will be based on the cost per square meter, which will usually be around £10. The price breakdown will also show whether labour costs are included. Keep in mind that a new lawn requires weeks of watering and aftercare, so you may also want to consider hiring a gardener.