0 Grass can grow greener when raised closer to home

Doune Riggs 0005Top turf growers, Stewartsturf, are urging landscape architects to make informed decisions about the turf they specify for clients' projects.

Duncan Forbes, a director of the company that grows turf at sites in Fife and East Lothian, says that choosing turf that is suited to the conditions can have a dramatic impact on the end results.

He was speaking after three sites featuring Stewartsturf products won top places in the recent NHBC Scottish awards.

Duncan said: "Turf isn't just a generic product. It needs to be able to cope with local conditions and it definitely can't do that if it has spent long hours deteriorating on long, needless journeys."

His message was repeated by Michael Pender whose company, Michael Pender Landscaping, worked on two of the winning sites - Doune Riggs in Stirling and Varcity in Edinburgh, which were both built by Miller Homes.

Michael said: "By specifying a top local brand rather than one that is grown at the other end of the country, landscape architects can achieve a much higher quality result.

"I have used Stewartsturf products for more than a decade. They grow grass that are ideally suited to the conditions in which I work and the turf is less than 24 hours old, which is of vital importance when you are working with a perishable product."

Stewartsturf has worked with leading agronomists to develop a turf mix that will thrive in Scottish conditions. Turf is only harvested once it has reached maturity (16-18 months) and all turf is cut to order aand delivered on a next day service in order to maintain its freshness.


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