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Synthetic turf

As the paving was finishing, Ned Bailey of DesertScapes by Design commenced laying synthetic turf at the end of the pool, and working on a bench seat the length of the pool.

The turf area will be a place where we can sit beside the pool. For us it is the furthest point of the garden from the house - over a wide sewerage easement that we couldn't otherwise use for the pool itself.

Synthetic turf is laid on a bed of compacted crushed rock, much like paving, so it requires the whole lawn area to be boxed out. Crushed rock is then bought in and compacted. The turf is laid across it and the joins glued. Clean sand is spread across it to weigh it down and to assist with holding the grass fibres upright.
Completed bluestone paving and nearly completed synthetic turf
The sand is brushed and washed into the turf. Gentle brushing of the fibres lifts them upright - we'll need to do that periodically.

Washing and brushing the sand into the synthetic turf

Completed synthetic turf

The turf itself is about $50 per square metre, plus labour and materials (crushed rock, sand, edging).

We're planning to put an outdoor shower in the back corner, and for a clumping bamboo border.  We're working towards having the back fence replaced, so we haven't painted it.

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