Why turf ?

 At Town & Country Turf, we understand people who care for their lawn.

  1. It looks great, and adds kerb appeal to your property, as well as add a boost of colour.
  2. It is satisfying to keep and maintain
  3. It provides a fun, safe surface for children to play on and people to admire!
  4. It produces oxygen for us to breathe.
  5. It absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) required for photosynthsis.
  6. It cools ground temperatures in hot conditions.
  7. It soaks up the rain and helps reduce 'run-off'.
  8. It keeps carbon naturally in its roots.
  9. It filters and breaks down airborne pollutants.
  10. It regenerates.

Below ground, there is an incredibly complex and diverse amount of activity going on. Your lawn is a unique ecosystem comprising not only the blades of the plant we see, but also the root system and importantly, the soil it’s growing in. Vital processes of biological interaction between the plants and organisms living in the soil give the grass its amazing properties.

Grass absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turns it into oxygen and carbohydrate (photosynthesis). The number of individual plants in an average lawn is over 5 million. It is estimated that a 235m2 lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four all year, or 1m2 of grass will produce around 5kg of oxygen per day! From the carbohydrate produced, some is used by the plant in normal growth, whilst some is stored in the roots and crowns of the grass.

Soil contains a vast array of living organisms, ranging from larvae, earthworms and insects, to micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi and algae. These break down protein and carbohydrate found in dead material into simple compounds that grass can later re-use. Therefore, grass is feeding the micro-organisms naturally, which in turn support the grass. Soil bacteria also turn nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form that grass can use to make it healthy. This relationship enables the constant recycling of nitrogen and carbon being carried out underneath our feet. 

Ground temperature is another environmental consideration when choosing the best material for your garden, especially in built-up areas. A lawn helps to lower surface temperatures in the summer months, and it's surface can be up to 10 degrees cooler than a paved or tarmacked surface, helping to reducing the urban “heat island” effect.

Gaseous pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide are absorbed by grass and broken down into harmless constituents. Grass leaves capture dust and dirt from the atmosphere, which is washed into the soil when it rains. These pollutants are then broken down by bacteria in the soil.

Organic material in turf acts like a sponge to store water temporarily. In the event of heavy rain and flooding, areas laid to grass can slow water movement. It's capacity for water infiltration is the reason why your lawn, and the soil under it, is so efficient at passing rainwater down into the water table. This is another example of the interdependence between grass plant and soil that artificial surfaces fail to replicate.

To summarise, the best product on the market is also the most cost effective and environmentally friendly- TURF! And that’s why we love turf, and are pleased to supply it all year round, whatever your requirements.