GIVEAWAY CLOSED - Winner : Larissa
I love a good lawn. Lawn which you can curl your toes into. It needs to be green and luscious, free of bindies and preferably nicely mowed. After living in our little temporary house (with no back yard), I am looking forward to having a nice green space for the kids to play freely, at the new house.
When an email from Turf Australia, landed in my in-box asking if I was interested in a turf consultation with my local grower, I jumped at the opportunity. Hubby and I had been talking about our lawn and landscaping plans, only a few days earlier. It was fate. Or karma. Or maybe the stars had just aligned at the right time. Who knows. I wrote back saying yes, yes, yes. Thank you.
So, on a sunny day last week (before the rain came bucketing down) Marcus from Turf Co, came out to meet with me and hubby. It is difficult, through all the mud, to envision a lawn, but luckily Marcus could and knows how we can achieve the perfect, green, backyard.
First step is to consider the soil where the turf will be laid. To me, our backyard is just dirt littered with builders rubble. Broken pieces of bricks. Piles of roof tiles. Random bits of timber. Scattered… stuff. Just lot’s of bits of stuff. But to a trained eye,our backyard says so much more.
We have soil with a lot of clay in it. This is not good for lush, green, healthy lawn. Clay doesn’t let the water in or the grass roots to spread and flourish. This explains all of the big puddles when it rains. Like now. I drove by the house this afternoon, and after 4 days of solid rain, it looks like a moat is surrounding the house.
To get a good lawn, we need to break up all of the clay. It needs to be mixed up with gypsum to make the soil more light and fluffy - like a good cake. Now I could send hubby out to do this and watch the show, but Marcus advised me their turf machinery would do the job in a few short hours - not days.
Once the soil is prepared more soil is placed on top to give a good growing surface, this is packed with nutrients and water retaining crystals to help in drought tolerance.
Next question, which grass do we choose? For our local environment, we have three main choices: Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo (all areas have their own specific grass types).
Personally, all I wanted green so any of the three would be fine, but there is more to it than that.
Given our circumstances, Marcus advised us, that Kikuyu or Sir Walter Buffalo were our best options.
We decided to go with the Sir Walter as it is a beautiful emerald colour, self repairing and hard wearing, requires minimal watering, less susceptible to allergies than other turf varieties and grows a thick ground matt to keep the weeds out.
Hubby and Marcus then discussed lawn maintenance whilst I may or may not have glazed over, while staring at my sewing room and dreaming of where my sewing machines and quilt frame will go.
Back out of my day dream, I discovered that my dad’s need to cut the grass, as short as possible, isn’t the right way to go about it. We’re only meant to cut a maximum of 1/3 of the length of the blade. Just a trim.
Now, I cant wait for the house to be finished, the builders fencing to come down and Turf Co to move in and give me a beautiful green quilt... ummm… I mean lawn, to surrounding my house.
With thanks to Turf Australia, I have a $250 Bunnings voucher to giveaway to a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader.
To enter, please leave a comment telling me:
What will you buy if you win the $250 Bunnings voucher?
You can enter the giveaway, once per day, so long as you have a different answer each day.1. Australian Giveaway ONLY
2. Giveaway will close at 12:00 am on 14 July 2013 AEDST
3. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered upon.
4. The prize will be sent by the promoter. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner/s.
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