Changing Seasons And a Great Time to Install Turf

Posted on 2nd April 2014 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

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This cooler weather is the perfect time to install some turf.

It will grow well before winter, you can avoid the heat and your lawn will look great.

Give us a call for a free quote. We can usually give you a pretty good estimate over the phone and then can measure up if we are looking like going ahead

The Great Australian Backyard

Posted on 6th October 2013 in bore, General, Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf

Back in the olden days when blocks of land were large the typical backyard was big enough for a full length cricket pitch as well as the Hills Hoist.

These days most backyards are compact and good for a game of chess…

Last week we were in Lancelin and installed a bore, retic and turf in this property. We finished it on Thursday and it looks sensational.

The sprinklers used are top quality MP Rotators (3000 series nozzle) on 2 stations and the 320m of turf was Sir Walter Buffalo. Its  a huge backyard ready for the kids to get out the footy.

 

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Heinrich gets stuck into the 8 pallets of lawn we had delivered. Check out the quirky Hobbit house in the next block…

 

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Finished product – looking great

Transformations

Posted on 11th June 2013 in In My Own Backyard, Sir Walter Turf, sprinklers

When someone calls us to get to work on their backyard or front yard then essentially what they are hoping for is a transformation – a complete facelift that will have you say ‘wow!’

We don’t often get to go back  and see how our jobs look a year or two later, but this is one job I will stay in touch with because I drive past it every day.

Just 300m from our home is this residence right on the beach in Yanchep. It has had both an internal and external facelift over the last year or two.

Last year we came here and did the retic and turf at the rear, and then today we went back and completed work at the front. Here are some shots from a year ago as well as some pics of how it looks today.

 

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That was last year and here’s today…

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And then today we did the front

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Can I install Turf Without Retic?

Posted on 8th May 2012 in General, Installations, Sir Walter Turf

The short answer is ‘yes of course’.

The longer answer is ‘why would you?…’

Obviously budget is a consideration, but if you are going to spend a lot of money on earthworks and turf then it only makes sense that in a climate like ours you make watering your turf as easy as possible.

If you lay turf in Perth then you can ring 131039 to get a watering exemption and that will allow you water 3 times a day for around 30 days. In summer this is essential. Obviously its less of a consideration in the cooler months, but I often tell people that the only thing that will kill a new lawn is insufficient water. (Not strictly true – but let’s assume it is pest free)

I have laid a couple of lawns without retic only to be called back in a month or so and asked to install sprinklers. If the lawn hasn’t taken it is actually a much harder (and more expensive) job because it involves lifting the new rolls of turf, digging where they were and then trying to get the ground level again. Its much easier just to pull a trencher thru a fully established lawn, so if you have to go this route then wait around 3 months to be safe.

So if you are considering laying a new lawn then please please please… make sure you have reticulation!

There is no ‘warranty’ with new lawn as it is a living organism and will only respond to whatever nourishment it receives from the owner. We do guarantee to lay it correctly and provide it in excellent weed free condition, but after that it’s up to you to make sure it is kept healthy.

So if you’re considering just wacking down some lawn to make things look better then think again unless you have functional sprinklers…

 

 

Preparing The Ground for Turf

Posted on 13th April 2012 in Sir Walter Turf, Soil, Turf

You can lay turf on ‘dirt’ but we don’t recommend it.

Usually it is best to get a bobcat in and excavate the dirt and replace it with decent soil.

At least 20-4ml will give your turf a good start and it is also a lot easier to screed than dirt and rubble. If you’re on a really tight budget then you can skip this, but having seen the difference in lawns with good soil v dirt… I’d recommend you don’t.

Replacing an Existing Lawn

Posted on 8th November 2011 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

Sometimes your lawn gets to a point where it simply isn’t viable to revive it. It needs replacing and the question is ‘how’?

Firstly let’s hope you have bobcat access, because if you don’t you’re in for a lot of hard grunt work digging it out. I still remember digging out 50sqm of buffalo on a hot summer day. It took 2 of us 5 hours and we were going hard.

So – yes – you can dig it out, but if you weigh up your time then it makes much better sense to use machinery to get it done.

So first step is to get the old one out.

Your bobcat will need to dig down around 80-100ml and in the process will likely damage your retic. So if you’re replacing a lawn then be sure to budget for retic repairs and it may even be that its better just to re-lay the pipes. I’d allow between $200-500 for the retic.

When removing a lawn you need to allow for bobcat operator’s time, tipping costs and any associated travel costs. For 50sqm $700.00 is fairly normal but it may vary depending on the site. The bobcat then will bring in some good soil and bring the levels up to whatever is suitable for laying turf on. I always suggest leaving it 10ml below the finished level to allow it to grow and ‘boof up’ a bit.

Once the soil is in, the retic can be repaired and the final stage is the turf laying.

Our turf rates are on our main site here.

 

 

 

 

 

Replacing an Existing Lawn

Posted on 21st July 2011 in Sir Walter Turf, Turf

When someone calls me and asks for a quote on replacing turf in an existing yard it is often more expensive than expected. Here’s why.

  • Firstly there is the removal of the old lawn. That’s going to be a minimum of $450.00 if we get a bobcat in. You can do it manually but often it doesn’t work out much cheaper because its very hard, time consuming work.
  • Then there’s the landscape mix used to prepare the ground. A bobcat may need to bring in 3 or 4 cubic meters so this will again add to the cost.
  • Following that there’s the reticulation that gets damaged during the removal of the old turf. Its almost impossible not to damage the retic so you need to allow funds to cover retic repairs.
  • Then there’s the turf itself…

So if you’re considering replacing an existing lawn (and you want to do it right) then be prepared to allow for all of the above

 

Laying Sir Walter

Posted on 16th June 2011 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

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A few tips if you’re going to lay Sir Walter turf.

– Make sure you get the soil levels right. Sir W is 40ml thick and gets pretty boofy so you could even excavate 50ml

– get a sharp steak knife for cutting it. I sometimes go thru a knife each time I lay it! A blunt knife will mean super hard work.

– be aware that your compactor is going to need some help to slide across the grass, so wet it down well before compacting.

Have fun!

Why You Should Use a Compactor When Laying Lawn

Posted on 16th June 2011 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

If you’re going to lay turf then be sure and do it right by compacting it at the end.

Yesterday it rained heavily and I was laying some wintergreen turf. The rain was washing away a lot of the soil on the rolls of turf making them lay unevenly and look lumpy.

I had screeded it carefully but the lumps concerned me – so before I has finished I ran the compactor over it and wammo! It looked sensational.

The compactor is used for pressing the roots into the soil, but truth is that your lawn will ‘take’ even if you don’t compact. However if you want to get a smooth, sharp appearance then a compactor is a must. You can hire them for $65/day and it’s worth every cent.

Does Your Dog Dig Your Retic and Turf?

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Then here’s an idea for you!

I laid this Sir Walter turf today and the clients asked me to lay a grid of chicken wire over the top of the lawn.

The wire is approx 80ml squares and the idea is that the grass grows up thru it and the dogs are unable to dig because they cant get any grip.

I mistakenly put it under the turf initially thinking it would be better unseen, but i guess with Sir Walter and the way it grows it will soon be enveloped in lawn.

So if you love your dogs and love your backyard, but dont know how to stop them digging then this could be the solution you are looking for.