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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    edited July 2019
    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.
    I can't afford to take it all up and replace it!

    Here's a bit I removed a couple of weeks ago. It's been in the lawn for over 3 years. No sign of any 'breaking down', and I'm pulling at it quite hard. 



    You can imagine the results of trying to remove thatch from a lawn with that in it, when you didn't even know it was there....
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Exactly, I also can’t afford to have it lifted and returfed with a proper lawn without plastic ..... it should be made abundantly clear by the supplier. I would never have put down by choice a lawn that has a plastic mesh in it.
    it is disgraceful 😡😡😡😡😡😡
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,357
    edited July 2019
    If you used a lawn rake and some of that mesh looped up ... and then an older person got a heel caught and tripped and broke a limb ... who would be liable I wonder?

    Perhaps Rolawn need to check their public liability insurance ‘cos I think my Householder’s policy providers would hold them ultimately responsible as the turf provided was ‘not fit for purpose’. 

    Perhaps someone on Twitter would like to ask them? @rolawn


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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    edited July 2019
    If you used a lawn rake and some of that mesh looped up ... and then an older person got a heel caught and tripped and broke a limb ... who would be liable I wonder?
    That is a scenario that could easily happen, as it's quite fine (though strong) and when bits are lifted it is not particularly visible. It was using a spring tine rake that alerted me to its presence in the first place.

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,595
    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.
    From various reports about plastic 'decomposing' it seems that it simply ends up as microgranules, it's not like wood or plants which break down to form something useful.
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 631
    Rolawn turf is rubbish, it just gets worse and worse over the years. You're almost always better finding a good local-ish supplier. It'll be fresher, higher quality and supplied by a firm who cares about their name in the local area. 

    They've been using mesh for years.
  • B3B3 Posts: 15,457
    I wonder why ,if they need a mesh, they don't use something like hessian.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 631
    edited July 2019
    The plastic one they use is very open, large holes, and light. It's cheap, and breaks easily when they cut. Hessian is too tough, tight, heavy and expensive. 
  • We all managed for years without plastic in turf, it is obviously being used by Rolawn to benefit themselves at ours and the environments cost.
    There must be thousands of people with mesh in their lawn that are unaware it is even there.
  • HazybHazyb Posts: 305
    When I made my border deeper in March I came across lots of mesh, small squared mesh. It was still intact. 

    Been here since 2014 and it wasn’t me who laid it so I have no idea when it was laid. 
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