Sir Walter Gets Laid

Posted on 1st September 2011 in Installations, Turf

Sir Walter Buffalo turf always looks great when it goes down.

Here’s one we did today in Balcatta. The ‘slabs’ of turf are a bit more expensive but they lay easier and take to the soil more easily too.

If you can afford an extra couple of bucks/metre then its worth the investment

Sir Walter v Velvet Buffalo

Posted on 30th August 2011 in Installing, Turf

Today I laid some velvet buffalo turf, the first time in a while I’ve been asked to do so.

The client had some Sir Walter already laid so I took a photo and you can see the difference. In the pic above, the velvet is in the foreground while the Sir W is up the back along the fence and below its reversed.

The Sir Walter has a much brighter green hue while the velvet is more of a dull green. Sir Walter is a broader leaf and the velvet a little finer.

Both lawns look great and I wouldn’t recommend one over the other. It all comes down to personal preference… Personally i like the finer leaf of the velvet but with the colour of the Sir Walter…

 

 

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.

Laying Sir Walter Buffalo

Posted on 9th June 2011 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

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Today I laid 120m of Sir Walter buffalo down in Trigg.

I buy my Sir Walter from Superior Lawns and they supply a great product. About 18 months ago they went from doing buffalo in rolls to cutting it in slabs.

While the rolls could sometimes be fragile and fall apart (esp in winter) the slabs are solid and go down really well.

Sir Walter is 40ml thick but I always reckon it’s better to start 50ml below as it can boof up quite easily over summer.

When looked after Sir Walter is a beautiful lawn, but if you don’t look after it then expect it to look scraggy and messy.

We currently supply and lay Sir Walter at approx $14.00/sqm + delivery and gst. Winter is usually a bit cheaper but recent turf price rises have meant that we aren’t able to offer such good deals.

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Laying Wintergreen Turf over a Large Area in Greenwood

Posted on 8th June 2011 in Installations, Turf

 

This is the view from the back of the compactor as we finish off laying 220sqm of wintergreen turf.

A few tips for laying over turf over large square areas:

– Work extra hard to get it level as any blemishes in levels will show up over this size area.

– You can help your chances of getting it level by using soil conditioner rather than just sand and using a good bobcat guy to prep the area.

– Allow the soil to dry out and become easily movable. We had to work extra hard this morning as the recent rain had compacted the soil and the dew made it very solid. Never easy work in that case.

– Lay lengthwise and compact up the lengths – it just looks better

– Be aware that wintergreen will show the dips and errors in levelling more than the thicker buffalo turfs, but you can fill them with topsoil later.

– If you lay turf at this time of year also be aware that it will take some time for the joins to merge as it is not the growing season.

And fwiw, I don’t recommend laying turf under a covered area as in this picture, but if you are sure it is going to get enough sun then you can give it a try!

Tips for Laying Your Own Turf

Posted on 7th June 2011 in Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

 

If there is one thing that matters more than anything else, its gettting the prep right!

 

You knew I’d say that didn’t you?… But its true, and by prep I mean getting the levels correct and using some good quality landscape mix as a base.

 

I have been asked to lay turf on a base of sand and rubble and while we can rake the rubble out and get the sand fairly level it is impossible to get it looking at good as what is possible with a 40-60ml bed of good soil.

 

Usually it requires a bobcat to excavate, level and spread, but you can do it by hand. Don’t be fooled though. If you have 100sqm of turf to lay and you need to remove 60ml of soil that is 6 cubic metres or 6 heaped trailer loads. Its a lot!

 

As I said, you can do it, but better to get a machine and save your body.

 

Its also smart to do this before you put your retic down otherwise chances are you will damage it with the load of the machine and with his blade excavating the soil.

 

If you ask someone to lay turf on hard limestoney sand that isn’t easily levelled then the result will not be as appealing as if you put down some good soil, not to mention the improvement in the quality of the soil itself.

 

So spend the time, spend the $$ and do it once, do it right

 

 

Love Your Lawn

Posted on 20th May 2011 in Ideas, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

Here’s a  very useful site on lawn care with some short snappy videos around a variety of topics. I have included a couple of the videos below: