Turf vs. Lawn?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hoopla, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. hoopla

    hoopla LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 1

    I'm very new to this industry and I have a few questions. First... is there a difference between lawn and turf?

    I mean, I see turf magazine advertised here but is turf interchangable with lawn?

  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I never gave it much thought, I use the terms interchangeably myself as do a lot of people, but there is a difference:

    A lawn is a field of cultivated and mowed grass.

    Turf is the surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    I always ASSumed 'turf' was rather short, weed free, rich green in color...well...turf:laugh:

    'Lawn' meaning grass that most likely involves weeds somewhere in there in front and behind residential homes...

    And 'Commercial' meaning any property that requires weekly maintenance around a business in a business environment...:usflag:
  4. Barony

    Barony LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Lawn - A plot of grass, usually tended or mowed, as one around a residence or in a park or estate.

    Turf - 1. A surface layer of earth containing a dense growth of grass and its matted roots; sod.
    2. An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.

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