Which makes the best lawn: turf or seed?

Often a question asked by customers, when refining their gardens, but which method works the best?

Which? Gardening took two identical areas which had previously been set up as “small gardens”, with each featuring a central path and surrounding hedges. The soil in both gardens was then cleared and prepared, one was seeded and the other turfed.

Laying turf

Turf looks good straight away

Turf looks good straight away

Pros: Once it has been laid, watered and tidied turf looks good straight away and you can use it after a week or so.

Cons: More expensive. Rolls of turf are also fairly heavy and awkward to use and is more labour intensive than seed.

Sowing Seed

Seed is quick to sow

Seed is quick to sow

Pros: A much cheaper option and once the ground has been prepared, it is quick and easy to sow, roughly 10 minutes in total.

Against: It takes approximately six weeks and several cuts before any progress is seen. The area will have to be netted to prevent the local wildlife from eating the seed. It is also much easier for weeds to invade the area than when turf was used as there were a few bare patches.


Turf is the easiest and quickest option available and will produce the best results. For larger areas seeding is a cheaper option, however it will be a lot longer before you can use it.

Here at Ivinghoe Turf, we have over 30 years of experience of growing turf in our own fields in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. We deliver across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire as well as further afield. Our turf and seed are available to buy online or contact our customer advisory team who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry.

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