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PostSubject: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:15 pm

I like a nice lawn and when we moved into our retirement estate in 2013 the lawn was more moss than grass. I had it removed and re-laid with what was claimed to be high quality turf. During 2014 and 2015 it was lovely.

 

As you can see from this pic taken in June 2015

 


During the whole of 2016 the lawn was invaded by meadow and couch grass and I spent countless hours grubbing it out and reseeding the patches. Despite my efforts I could not keep up with the problem – even through the winter.

 
This spring when the grass started growing again I was faced with renewing the battle – until I finally surrendered 4 weeks ago and decided to start all over again. But this time make sure the ground was completely devoid of any weeds or rough grasses. This required required drastic action so I set about killing the lawn by a liberal application of RoundUp weed killer. The plan being to get a landscape contractor to remove the dead turf, properly prepare the ground, add a 3” layer of screened topsoil and top that with Rolawn turf which is expensive but renowned for high quality

 

This is the result, 3 weeks after spraying the lawn :-

 

[img]http://i.imgur.com/vY5LiXg.jpg[/img

 

 

However – having got some quotations for the work which is in the order of £1300 - Libby stuck an advert for artificial grass under my nose. She pointed out that whilst she doesn’t like the idea of artificial gardens  - I could devote more time to mutual pleasures rather than waste hours crawling on the lawn trying to remove undesirable invaders.

 

So I got some quotes for converting the lawn to artificial grass and I was rather surprised. The prices ranged from cheap and cheerful up to “Your having a laugh mate”. By that I mean from a low of £1480 for rubbish grass to a high of £4280 for what they claim to be super duper luxury.

 

I am now doing some research but was invited to see a lawn laid by one of the companies recently. It was impressive and looked very realistic. The residents had it done 7 months ago and remain delighted – they have two female dogs which had ruined the old lawn and look forward to this one being maintenance free. So I am sorely tempted.

 

Watch this space.

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PostSubject: Re: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:47 pm

Alan, you have a lovely garden and far too much money !
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PostSubject: Re: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:37 pm

Says he as he polishes his new Jag........... drum drum

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PostSubject: Re: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:59 pm

I have seen lawns done in artificial grass and they look realistic enough. I can see the attraction.

Our neighbours over the road got so fed up with trying to get decent grass to grow that they gave up and had a patio garden laid. With a number of holes for plants to grow and a few tubs, I have to say it looks really nice.

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PostSubject: Re: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:20 pm

Good quality lawn turf is nowhere near as expensive as artificial Alan. Looks better and is so much kinder to the planet, not to mention nicer to sit on for a picnic.
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PostSubject: Re: Grass Isn't Always Greener   Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:45 pm

I have now seen a third artificial lawn - this one with "mower" stripes. All looked realistic but the one with stripes very tempting.

I am torn between cost and convenience. My heart says proper turf but my head says artificial because it looks nearly as good, is nice all the year round, needs very little maintenance and I can sell my battery mower with extra charger and battery, powered scarifier, fertiliser spreader plus £30 worth of weed and feed as a kit to subsidise the extra cost.

I think in typing that I have just reached a decision. hat

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