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  • Rowlawn medallion turf and plastic mesh........
    with all the concern re micro plastics, even if the mesh does degrade in years and years ..........it will still be polluting the environment. 

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    I have this too, and I'm really hacked off about it as I would not have chosen that product had I known. It was not evident AT ALL from the details I read when I chose it, and as I had no idea there was such a method I didn't seek it out. When I came across some mesh and wondered what was going on, I went back and searched for it - the information is there on their site but only if you know to look specifically for it. Very poor, and I would consequently warn people away from not just that product but the company as a whole. It makes lawn maintenance as a whole (scarifying etc) almost impossible, and from a micro.plastics point of view it's horrifying. 
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    - Cicero
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,595
    I've just looked on the Rolawn website.  The homepage extols the virtues of their turf but doesn't mention anything about the mesh.  I've looked on several other pages of the site and not seen any mention of it there either.  If it's mentioned at all, it's very well hidden.
    Definitely something Gardeners' World, the magazine, or both could do with investigating.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,157
    I had a look and found this...
    https://www.rolawn.co.uk/rolawn-oxygrid
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,357
    My take on that would be that it enables Rolawn to cut, lift and roll turf at an earlier stage before the roots have knitted together, thus enabling them to get more ‘harvests’ from an area of land than otherwise and thus maximise their profits. The rest of the spiel is simply hogwash 🙄 
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    KT53 said:
    I've just looked on the Rolawn website.  The homepage extols the virtues of their turf but doesn't mention anything about the mesh.  I've looked on several other pages of the site and not seen any mention of it there either.  If it's mentioned at all, it's very well hidden.
    Definitely something Gardeners' World, the magazine, or both could do with investigating.
    Exactly. It *is* there, as Anni found, but they don't make it evident when you're buying AT ALL. 

    And frankly, the nonsense about scissors at the end is ridiculous. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,595
    It may be 'non-toxic' but that doesn't mean it's good for the environment when it breaks down.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,157
    I must admit it took me a fair while to find it, it was well hidden, and l like Dove's expression of "Hogwash", that's exactly what it is.
    I asked OH, him being a lawn geek, and he was aware that they'd started doing it over the last few years. I always regarded Rowlawn as being a "top of the range" name, but this has changed my opinion. In view of the (comparatively recent) news about plastic and it's effect on the environment,  it seems to me to be counter productive to extol the virtues of natural grass on the one hand, and have that stuff incorporated in it on the other (no matter how biodegradable it's supposed to be).
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,808
    If you put the turf upside down in the compost heap and water it well, most of the turf will compost off. If the plastic is still a mesh you can then lift it out, but it should decompose down.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • I hope gardeners world will investigate and make more people aware of it.

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