The Grass Dilemma

Until the day before I ordered lawn I had no idea what sort of lawn I was going to buy. Not because I hadn’t researched it, because I definitely had. No, my problem was that no choice really seemed better than the other. To be truly honest, I didn’t even want lawn. One day I’ll have kids and I’m convinced I would regret not putting it in so I did so reluctantly.

Ma and Pa have kikuyu, but they have areas of sun, areas of shade and plenty of room to control it. Ma uses roundup to do her edging, none of this whippersnipper nonsense with kikuyu. So kik was going to be too big a risk.

Most places will sell you a native version of couch as far as I understand, which seeds or sends runners. I see it in all those dreaded overgrown gardens where the garden edge has been completely lost. Again, not worth the risk. There are other variations of couch, and plenty you can read up on them. Some naturally need more water than others, grow better in shade or sun depending what you buy. They seem to be pretty weed resistant too.

Buffalo and all its variations were another one to look at. We had Sir Walter at the last rental, it got in to the garden bed and to the centre of the flax, we never managed to get it out, just had to keep it down. So of course I was dead set against it. I was also never too keen on the broad leaf as I like lawn to be soft. Then came the option of palmetto – hardy, softer, drought tolerant, good in the shade or sun, slow growing. I had decided – I will suck it up and have this! I jump online to see who stocks it… and there it is… sapphire buffalo. Kind of like Palmetto, but it folds its leaf in half, so appears finer. So I ordered it reluctantly and here we are.

We picked it up on a Saturday morning and stacked it in the shade around 9am. We rolled it out around 4.30pm. We spent the day digging out the sand, filling the round beds after we levelled them and measured them out, filling the soil in for the lawn to go on.

Above you can see once it was planted and then again about 10 weeks after. It has had three doses of Seasol soaked in to it over this time, some areas have had extra sand on top. it gets a light water every other day or so by hand, a longer water with the sprinkler once every two or three weeks just while it is establishing. I don’t have any reticulation on it so it really is only when I can bothered.

I’m still not too happy with the lawn I chose, mainly because right now I see it as wasted space. Long term I am sure it will pay off, but right now it seems to be a dreadful weed! It hasn’t been mown yet, not even edged so it is doing ok. It’s pretty soft under foot and doesn’t have a striking broad leaf which makes me happy. I’m sure I’ll be glad come summer to have it keeping the yard cooler.