If you’re laying turf then inevitably you will need to trim it at some point.
There are many ways to do this, but we have found the steak knife to be the most effective way. But not any old steak knife. Most knives will cut wintergreen and the softer turfs, but if you want to cut thru Sir Walter then you will need something more solid.
We have found homemaker knives from K Mart to be the best as they are a strong one piece stainless steel knife. But good luck finding any as they seem to be a discontinued line. I bought the last 26 boxes in Perth!
By my reckoning there should be another 7 years of turf laying left there…
Sometimes its possible for us to give you a very accurate quote on your retic and turf needs without viewing the site.
Ideally we would come and check it out with you and discuss your needs, but in the first instance we can look at your home on www.nearmap.com and talk with you on the phone about what is required.
If you are happy with the ball park figures then we can meet you and discuss things more fully.
Most nearmap images are up to date to within around a month and can be used to give a good guide to what work is required. We work anywhere from Two Rocks down to Scarborough and would be happy to quote on your needs.
Its that time of year when snakes come out, so as the move around the yard fixing the retic and attending to the garden be sure to keep an eye out and make sure it really is a stick!
While doing some work in my own backyard today I discovered two different snakes. The one below hung around long enough for me to take his picture.
So – you know the deal.
– Don’t approach them (especially in bare feet)
– Stand still and let them move on
– Make a bit of noise as you move around and they will pick up the vibes in the ground and get out of there.
Personally I’d prefer to chop them in half with a spade every time I see them, but I’m not convinced I’m quick enough!
Beware of using cheap sprinklers as they will cause you pain.
Before I began Brighton Reticulation I was a retic cheapskate. I would use the cheapest parts I could find from K Mart or Bunnings, but get annoyed when they would foul up shortly after installation.
In the last few years I have become increasingly convinced of the value of using top quality parts.
The way I see it, a cheap sprinkler usually lasts a season or two and costs around $2-$7.00. A Toro sprinkler costs around $10.00 and if used regularly should last around 5 years and even up to 10 years.
You can do it cheap, but expect to do it twice or three times before a toro sprinkler even gets close to reaching its use by date. If your time is valuable then you will have saved plenty.
At Brighton Reticulation we simply don’t use cheap parts and won’t even consider it as it would result in many more call backs than we would be able to cater with.
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.