Brighton Reticulation

Laying Turf Well… Laying Turf Badly…

Yep – you can really stuff it up if you don’t know what you are doing! As with all jobs of this kind preparation is everything – after that its ‘green side up’… or so you’d think… But we have seen jobs where the landscaper obviously under-ordered on turf and just left a 100mm strip down the side of the yard. Or this one where rather than butting the edges up hard he just filled the gaps with soil.   The turf will grow across, but its not what you want to see. A good lawn should be fit for […]

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Laying New Turf in Jindalee

We install all varieties of turf so call us for a fast quote on the work that needs doing. The most popular turf varieties are: Sir Walter Buffalo – thick rich, full leaf and very luxurious. Wintergreen – fine leaf, hardy and very popular. Empire Zoyzia – a mid sized leaf and a beautiful looking lawn that needs less mowing. (The picture above is Empire) Palmetto – excellent in shade and another beautiful variety of Buffalo. Kikuyu – another very hardy turf, often used in parks because of its toughness We can install reticulation to go with the turf and generally we can get a […]

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Laying New Turf in Alkimos

We do a lot of work in the Alkimos area and now is a great time to beat the spring rush and get your new lawn down. We install all varieties of turf so call us for a fast quote on the work that needs doing. The most popular turf varieties are: Sir Walter Buffalo – thick rich, full leaf and very luxurious. Wintergreen – fine leaf, hardy and very popular. Empire Zoyzia – a mid sized leaf and a beautiful looking lawn that needs less mowing. (The picture above is Empire) Palmetto – excellent in shade and another beautiful variety of Buffalo. Kikuyu – […]

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Why You Should Always Check on a New Lawn Daily

When a lawn is freshly laid it requires heaps of water.   When we finish a turf job we always set your retic controller for you, but occasionally things go wrong.   One client who lived in Margaret River had the retic controller die while they were away and the lawn almost died completely. I dropped in to check on the lawn the day before the controller failed, and all looked good, but a week later it was almost completely dead.   More recently I laid 200m of Empire Zoyzia (see the pic above) for clients who lived 40 minutes […]

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Reticulation and Turf in Joondalup

  This week I did a front yard makeover in Joondalup. It involved removing the old lawn/weed, installing some new retic and then laying some turf. The existing turf had turned to weeds and looked almost impossible to revive, so the process was: a) Spray existing turf / weeds and kill off what is there. b) The bobcat came and removed existing stuff to a depth of around 100ml and then filled with special lawn mix so that it was 20-30ml below kerb level. c) Reinstall retic and ensure all is getting covered. This involved placing sprinklers around the perimeter […]

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How to Cut Turf to Size

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 […]

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Large Scale Turf Laying

We have never had to do a job above 400sqm, but I have often wondered if there is a faster way to lay turf over large areas. Today I was visiting my parents and at the park opposite their home there were a crew out laying some new turf. It comes in 15m rolls and is laid by a machine with an offsider raking it into place before cutting and rolling. Looks pretty easy and I can imagine how much time it would save. Here’s some pics of the process. I’m pretty sure the company doing the work was ‘Turfmaster‘ […]

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Water Water Water

Any time lay lawn we will set your retic control box for you, but after that its up to you to make sure it is actually working. Different controllers respond differently to power outages and occasionally controllers can ‘die’, leaving you with no water. A recent turf installation we did in Brighton came close to tragedy. The house was uninhabited and the person responsible for it lived in the country. After laying the turf we set the control box and left, only to discover two weeks later that the control box had faulted and the lawn hadn’t been watered as […]

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Laying Kikuyu Turf

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.    

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