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“Roll the lawn - rolled it out, and you're done!”. Until recently, this miracle was worth a lot: it is understandable, a stylish thing, fun for the rich. However, over the past few years, the price of high-quality turf has dropped several times. Skeptics grumble: “We know, deception is all around! Yes, for that kind of money, it's not like a lawn, you can't grow a quinoa! I suppose only looks good, but if you buy it, you will suffer all your life! " Or is it really a hoax?
Let's try to figure out whether a high-quality lawn can actually cost as much as advertisements promise. Consider, for clarity, an example of the production of an ordinary loaf of bread. In the store, it costs 8 rubles. With a good harvest, one square meter gives grain for one loaf, the notorious six acres can provide you with bread for a year. A shovel is cheaper than a plow, a sickle is cheaper than a combine. Everything and business: dig up, remove weeds, loosen, fertilize, sow, wait, survive (ascend - will not rise, overwinter - not overwinter), save from misfortunes, squeeze, dry, grind, knead and bake. And here on your table is a fragrant, "almost free" loaf of bread. But is it really that cheap? If you do not work yourself, but hire workers, then such a loaf will cost more than one thousand rubles.And in the store, a loaf costs 8 rubles … Cheating? Or is it all the same in the technology of industrial production?
The process of growing a lawn isn't all that different from making bread. It can be grown directly in the garden. All in all and business: dig up, remove the weeds and further down the list (see above). A square meter of such a lawn will cost about $ 15. So how can a finished lawn cost $ 2-3 per square meter? Every gardener knows that only proper soil preparation will cost several times more, but you still need to buy expensive seeds, grow for 2-3 years, fertilize, water, and mow every week …
The secret of the cheapness of a lawn from a nursery is in one thing: on large fields, you can use equipment, the productivity of which is hundreds of times higher than manual labor. Two tractor drivers can mow and feed half a million square meters of lawn in a day! As the world experience shows, the cost of a lawn does not depend too much on its quality, but much more strongly on production volumes (however, this applies not only to the lawn). For larger volumes, it becomes profitable to use the best seeds and fertilizers. Saving on quality hurts the manufacturer himself most painfully: losses during turf cutting increase catastrophically, and the buyer “votes with the ruble” in favor of good-quality, albeit slightly more expensive, products.
By the way, in print media you can find a discussion of the merits and demerits of "roll lawn". The dispute is pointless, since the roll is "rolled" only for a short time: during transportation from the place of cultivation to the place of laying. The lawn can be good or bad. Differ in the composition of herbs, age, other qualitative characteristics (density, uniformity, etc.), but whether it is folded or unfolded, its properties do not change. Just like the speed of a car does not depend on the way it is transported to the consumer or the strength of shoes from the color of the box
Rolled it out and ready?
The main problem with the price of "roll" lawn appears after the cut sod is brought to the site. It sometimes takes a lot of work for a landscape designer to convince a customer that the most important and most valuable (in terms of price) in the lawn is what is hidden under it. The soil is the most expensive part of the lawn. The total cost of a lawn has always depended and will depend, first of all, on the cost of preparing a “lawn bed”. From the characteristics of the soil, its layout. The correct preparation for sowing or turf placement depends on the quality of your lawn and its lifespan. Saving on preparatory work is fraught with the fact that all the work and money will be wasted.
But there is another cost factor that is often overlooked: the attention that a lawn requires from sowing (or laying the turf) until it becomes a true dense carpet. And it is not so important what to use to create a grass cover: good lawn turf, the most expensive or cheapest seeds (real savings usually do not exceed 5-10% of the total amount), basic care rules must be followed in any case. If, for example, you do not provide regular high-quality watering of the site. On which a green roll is spread, you will lose the lawn as quickly as in the case of overdrying young seedlings of lawn grass.
Life does not stand still. A good lawn becomes an indispensable feature of every garden. Lawn cultivation and maintenance are turning into an independent industry, like the production of bread or cars. Special fertilizers, soils, mechanization means, automatic irrigation systems, autonomous mowers - thanks to the massive demand, all this is becoming more affordable, providing such a quality lawn that could previously only be imagined in the imperial parks.
Of course, the expression "mass production of the lawn" sounds unusual, almost like "art on an assembly line." Does this not mean the end of the creative approach to landscaping to landscaping, a kind of lawn "fast food"? Far from it! Just as a bag and a haute couture dress can be made from the same fabric, so "lawn matter" only in skillful hands will become the background for a green miracle, which should be a favorite garden. An artist doesn't have to make paints, a sculptor doesn't have to mine marble, a florist doesn't have to grow flowers. Yes, knowledge will not hurt to distinguish good from bad, but still, each specialist must do his job: let one grow a beautiful lawn, the other creates a beautiful garden with its help.
(Based on the materials of the magazine "Stylish Garden", No. 9, 2005)
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