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Finishing the lawn

Through winter we endured muddy boot and paw prints through the house, and a mud covered verandah due to the pile of top soil and weedy back garden. it helped us make up our minds about finishing the lawn.

Ned Bailey of Desertscapes by Design again came to the rescue and did the hard lifting.  Following from liberal poisoning of the old lawn and weeds, a few weeks later the huge pile of topsoil was spread by hand across the whole back garden.

Ned used treated pine to form garden borders and to make a walkway along the backwall of the house. The treated pine forms an easy, neat border, that you can easily run a line trimmer along.  Eventually we plan to have bamboo along the whole backfence, to screen out the presence of single story medium density units.

Treated pine garden edging along the back fence
 I'd also installed pine sleepers around the edges of the deck, enabling Ned to raise the garden to deck level. The sleepers were held in place with steel retaining uprights, available from Bunnings.

For the lawn, I selected Palmetto, a soft leaf buffalo grass.  The fine hairs on buffalo grasses can irritate some people's skin. Palmetto does not have those hairs. It is drought tolerant and self-repairing, which is great if you have dogs and small children.

There's only a small number of suppliers of Palmetto in Melbourne. On the day we ordered it, recent rain meant several companies couldn't supply it (harvesting involves driving equipment across the turf, which damages it when wet).  Our last chance was a supplier from western Melbourne - Advance Turf. Fortunately they hadn't had much rain and our turf was delivered on time.

Palmetto turf slabs
The turf is delivered with granular fertiliser, which was hand spread across the area to be turfed.

Three of us took about 4-5 hours to lay the lawn, including using wheelbarrow to move the slabs to the back garden. The transformation was complete.

Palmetto turf lawn
Throughout summer we will be watering the turf every few days, with long deep soaks using the sprinklers, to enable it to establish and become deep rooted.


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