That’s how warm it got in Perth today…
So much for spring… We were out laying lawn and doing some fix ups and getting pretty cold and wet along with it!
Phil compacts the turf
Coby dishes out the sandwiches!
servicing Two Rocks to Trigg – call Andrew 0400044236
Its been over 5 years of running this business and only yesterday I laid kikuyu turf for the first time. Kikuyu is a cooch variety and is typically used in parks or for commercial applications.
It is hard wearing and sturdy. It has a broader leaf than wintergreen and yesterday’s batch felt quite spongy, although I don’t know if that is typical.
We can supply and lay kikuyu at the same price as Wintergreen if it is your preference.
I had a request yesterday for ‘Village Green Turf’, a variety I have heard of but never used before. I did some research and discovered that it is a form of kikuyu but one that has some improved features. See the chart below for its strengths and then refer to the brochure here for more info. We can supply and lay Village Green Turf for you – just call now for a free measure and quote.
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.
If you have been considering laying some turf then we can certainly recommend Sir Walter softleaf buffalo as a brilliant product that looks great when it goes down and that will continue to look good if maintained correctly.
Below is a job we did yesterday in Yanchep where we installed reticulation and then laid 200sqm of Sir Walter.
It came up looking stunning and the client was very pleased with the result.
The key to getting it right is preparation.
You will need to bring in at least 40ml of good soil, and then finish the level 40ml below your paving to ensure the turf sits neat and tidy.
Some good organic fertiliser spread before laying and then a good soak will get the ground ready for the turf to be laid.
From there we lay the largest slabs around the perimeter and try to minimise the use of smaller pieces of turf as these dry up easier.
Once laid and cut in to the sprinklers and shape of the land we run the compactor over it to ensure the roots make good contact with the soil.
Another drink and the retic set for the watering exemption and you’re pretty much done…
We moved into this place 4 months ago and have been working on the backyard ever since. This is the start of the retaining walls with all the dirt, rubble and rubbish still in place.
This is today
There is still some work to be done, but this is now retained, reticulated and turfed.
We ended up choosing velvet buffalo. Originally I thought we would go for velveteen which is a beautiful soft lawn, but being a cooch variety we ended up deciding not to. We didn’t want the ‘grass in the garden beds’ issue.
So we got some velvet buffalo, a top notch softleaf variety that is available locally.
You can buy velvet buffalo at Joondalup Turf Farm, or you can call us and we will come and install it for you and turn your backyard into something beautiful too.
Here are some photos of it going in…
Weeds and mess about to be cleared, filled and levelled by the bobcat
The bobcat goes to work…
Screeding to get things level
This is my labourer
My kids worked hard today to make the transformation
We can do this to your yard too!
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
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…
August is the quiet month for people in the retic and turf industry so if you are wanting work done and seeking the best price then this is the time to be getting quotes.
Be aware that in just a month or two’s time the rush will be back on and prices will rise again.
For a free quote on your needs just drop me a line or give me a call today