FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


They are an innovative greening system with an immediate impact. They are not grown in pots, but in 57x38 cm trays with 3 or 4 cm of specific soil. This system allows you to have a clod of ground cover plants that, when laid on the ground one after the other as you do with turf, gives you the opportunity to have a flowerbed with a green coverage of 100% in no time.

  • Ophiopogon japonica nana
  • Pachysandra terminalis
  • Liriope graminifolia
  • Hedera helix
  • Potentilla neumanniana
  • Delosperma
Isotoma fluviatilis
  • Vinca minor

Our ground cover plants are used mainly in areas where there is little exposure to sun light, where it is difficult for turf to grow beautifully. For example, they are used under very dense trees, areas not exposed to the sun, areas where mowing the lawn is made uncomfortable, like hikes, corridors, etc.

Prepare the ground with standard soil, if possible slightly burying the pipes for drip irrigation to a 20-30 cm distance from each other. However, you can irrigate the ground cover plants even with a normal irrigation system by sprinkling germination. At this point just put the clods one after the other side by side over the soft ground. Irrigate once a day for some days to promote rapid rooting.

Prepare the ground and the irrigation system. When everything is ready, measure the area you want to cover and order the ground cover plants online on our website or by phone. Lay the ground cover plants as soon as you receive them and irrigate once a day for some days to speed up the rooting process.

Sedum is a genus of plant in the family Crassulaceae. It behaves similarly to succulents: it grows slowly, it does not tolerate water logging, it needs little water, it prefers very draining, no deep, substrates: 8/10 cm of substrate is enough for the life of these plants. Sedum is also known as “Stone crop”, demonstrating its hard-wearing nature. In nature there are about 600 different species of Sedum, to produce our clods we use the following species:

  • Sedum acre

  • Sedum album

  • Sedum lydium

  • Sedum sexangulare

  • Sedum hispanicum

  • Sedum floriferum

  • Sedum forsterianum

  • Sedum hibridum

  • Sedum reflexum

Our Sedum clods are ready to use: laying the clods one after the other you will have a lush green area immediately, without having to wait months, such as with the use of cuttings

Sedum is an hard-wearing plant, if there is no water stagnation, excessive fertilization or irrigation, it does not have particular problems. Sedum, however, might suffer from stress when night temperatures remain above 20° C and in the presence of a level of relative humidity higher than 70-80%. These conditions are found especially in the Po valley during summer and might favour the development of fungal diseases, which might require interventions with agrochemicals. It should also be noted that the philosophy of a garden or a green roof made with Sedum involves a natural, rustic approach, linked to the dynamism of this type of plant. The species of Sedum have differences of growth, flowering, and colours that change throughout the seasons and according to the climate. If, for some reason, the Sedum in certain conditions were to regress, you will only have to cut some leaves as soon as the weather gets better, and arrange them where you can see some thinning. These leaves will work as scions that you will need to spread as seeds. The scions of Sedum take roots easily.

Our clods of Sedum have the following dimensions:

  • 100x120 cm, weighs 17 kg
  • 50x200 cm, weighs 15 kg
  • 57x38 cm, weighs 4 kg

Sedum is suitable for low-maintenance flowerbeds, rock gardens, slopes and sun-exposed areas where it is inconvenient to use turf for the difficulties of performing routine maintenance tasks such as mowing. Sedum is the most used type of plant to create green roofs.

Prepare the ground using a substrate made of finely ground lapilli or sand, 8 or 10 cm of thickness are enough. An automatic irrigation system is not necessary, however it is preferable to have the opportunity to be able to carry out “rescue irrigations” during the summer. When everything is ready, measure the area you want to cover and order the Sedum online on our website or by phone.
 Lay the Sedum as soon as you receive it and for ten days water it manually every other day, to speed up the rooting process of the clods.

Turf is a strip of ornamental lawn, 40 cm wide and 160/165 cm long. It consists of a layer of about 1 cm in thickness of soil at the bottom and of the lawn at the top. After about 12 months from planting the turf in our open field nursery, when the density of the lawn is optimal, we collect it on commission with special machines that prepare it rolled up and stowed on pallets, ready to be sold. A roll of turf has a diameter of about 30 cm and weighs about 10 kg.

Prepare the soil as if you were to sow, than, rather than distributing the seeds, unroll the rolls of turf on the ground immediately after receiving them. Keep your lawn watered in the upcoming days, to facilitate rooting.

Turf is a plant product, therefore it might suffer the same problems of a lawn grown traditionally. It is not immune to fungal or pests attacks. At Nordest Prati we grow turf in nurseries using IPM techniques (agricultural-biological-chemical), both for the physiological health of the turf and for the control of weeds. Turf is sold as free as possible from weeds, or, at least, from all those weeds that the regulations allow to counter using chemicals for the defence of turf. The turf of Nordest Prati, thanks to its density, significantly reduces the germination of weeds. Therefore it is important, over time, to implement maintenance strategies, such as fertilization, proper irrigation, correct mowing etc. that allow you to keep the high density of the turf. However, before mowing, it might be necessary to remove manually any weeds that might germinate, in order to avoid as much as possible the use of agrochemicals. This is why we offer 12 months of after sales assistance: to help you to manage your lawn properly, if any problem should arise.

You should choose turf to immediately have a mature lawn in your garden, without having to wait months as with seeding.

Turf has a great advantage over sowing: while you should sow in late summer or early spring, turf can be used all year round, even in summer or in winter.

Laying turf is easy and rewarding. Starting, possibly, from the far side of the garden, you need to unroll the rolls one after the other. To proceed in straight lines, pull a string for the first row of rolls. For the other rows, simply unroll the turf and carefully draw it near the previous row.

You will receive the turf at the address you will give us, stowed in one or more 80x120 cm pallets. It is important that the pallets don't remain hours under sunlight: try to store them in a shaded area, or cover them with a cloth. Lay the turf as soon as possible, it is a highly perishable product. We recommend you to lay the turf as soon as you receive it.

Our standard roll is 40 cm wide and 163 cm long. The roll has a diameter of 30 cm and weighs about 10/12 kg.

If necessary, you can walk on the turf immediately after laying. However, it is preferable to wait 10/15 days to give the grass time to take root and anchor itself to your garden permanently.

First of all prepare the ground, install the irrigation system, plant the hedge or other plants, etc. Ordering the turf should be the last step, so that you can lay it as soon as you receive it. Measure the area you want to cover and order the turf online or by phone. We will send you the amount of rolls you will need to cover the square meters you ordered.

You can order a sample of turf: it will be delivered to you by express courier in a box like those of the pizza. You will be able to see it and verify if it takes root in your garden. Nordest Prati offers 12 months of free after sales support to all its clients.