Beach Cottage Garden, Lawn and a $150 GIVEAWAY
Wed 22nd, Feb, 2012
G’day ladies, well we haven’t had a gardening post for a while here at abeachcottage have we?
Apparently out of the 84% of Australians that has a lawn we in this old cottage are one of the third who don’t know how to look after it…
To be honest our lawn was an almighty mess…it’s fairly large and when mowed it looks pretty nice and neat…but within a few days weeds seem to grow like crazy, especially this year with the wet Summer we have had…
…and the few years that we have been in this cottage, the lawn has always been on the list to treat and get looking good again…and oh yes I have quite a few lawn treatments lined up in their bottles sitting on the shelf in the garage
there were a few things that were stopping us I guess
1. time…there never seemed to be enough time in the day to spray the lawn
2. I was concerned that if I did this myself everything would die and we would be left in a worse predicament than we were already in
3. really I wanted nice soft English style grass not buffalo grass and I was worried that buffalo would take over after a treatment
I had little knowledge about the proper care required for the lawn nor the type of grass variety best suited to my needs…sometimes then, in life, it’s worth calling in the experts and this, it seems, was one of those occasions.
Enter my friends, this lovely lovely guy from Millers Turf…Chris
Chris came around to our old cottage recently to give us a consultation on our turf, what was wrong with it (to me there wasn’t much right with it and I thought this was going to be a huge and costly exercise, I was wrong) and to advise us on a solution to getting it looking good in the future…
Chris is a man who knows his turf...I love that when someone rocks up and they know exactly what they are talking about, and you clock that right away…you feel comfortable leaving yourself in their hands…and more importantly, I love it when you learn something and you are inspired…I certainly was here…I am now a girl who knows a bit about turf and I will soon be beating the neighbours in the annual best turf competition
Chris took one look at our garden and said we had some nice grass growing on there!
Oh right, that’s hopeful!
He started to explain to me, in easy layman’s terms exactly what was happening with the grass and he pointed out the lovely things going on in my lawn, no, all hope was not lost and yes there were lovely things happening there amongst the yucky stuff
He pointed out the blue haze that runs through the grass, I had noticed this as I trudged up and down with the lawnmower and as we bent down to have a closer look, Chris showed me the finer blade grass with the softness I like that reminds me of my English garden and the blue-y green tinge. That dark green blue-ish haze is Queensland Blue Couch…
I did a bit further investigation on Queensland Blue Couch at the Turf Australia website – if your lawn is in need of help, I encourage you to have a look here, there are some interesting points on lawn care etc that are easy do-able for the average Joe and budget friendly
….so apparently my grass is a hidden gem amongst lawns for the Australian home, it has a lovely soft texture, mows beautifully and will produce a dense mat to resist weed invasion
Chris took me around and showed me a few other things….he could see exactly areas of trauma to the grass….he knew exactly where the trampoline used to be situated by the state of the ‘grass’, more like weeds, that had grown there as a result of it…and there are a few prevalent weeds…those little horrors are cud weed, oxalis, dandelion and cape weed…but soon they will be no more!
The best bit of news about our lawn was that Chris said it was simple to treat and quick to rectify…you know when you have one of those moments when you think why didn’t we do this sooner? …like the front door, the bathroom, etc etc…well this was one of those moments only the investment would not break the bank…Chris said that you could easily do this yourself with a treatment if you are on a budget…and his team at Miller’s Turf are more than happy to take a phone call/email to advise you on treating your lawn yourself
We were lucky enough though that Chris did ours for us…
So after the initial consultation…which was quick and easy and involved Chris walking me through what was going on and what was needed and if I hadn’t kept him chatting with a million questions about grass it would have been quicker, who knew grass could be so very interesting?
…he came back for our first treatment, that being an application of a broad leaf herbicide
…this will be followed up by an additional treatment after about 10 days and then he will come back for another visit to apply a high-analysis fertilizer for improved growth and plant health and to get this grass of mine looking super healthy
This is how it looked after just 24 hours…the weeds will soon be toast…I am so excited about this…!
as you can see this spot by the lounger under the camellia tree was particularly bad…it’s worked very well here already
I am so inspired by this….and I really wish I had done it sooner….I feel like it’s war on the weeds…they have been the bane of my life, if only I had looked into this sooner…if you have the same lawn problems I can highly recommend this and it’s not a big tough job, it’s a small no-brainer one..this is how my weeds look already!
for more information on what Chris and the team at Millers Turf can do for you and your lawn or if you want to go the DIY route and need some advice on what product to buy/ how to do it, they are happy to help, you can find them here, or you can phone this number 0800 044 510…my consultation/treatment/fertilization cost $160.
…and just to round it off, there’s a GIVEAWAY…
What’s on offer?
$150 Bunnings Gift Voucher!
Just answer the question below : Best comment wins
What’s your favourite thing to do in the fresh air on some grass?
Do you love to sit out with a book and a few cushions like me?
Do you like getting stuck into the Earth and doing some gardening?
Do you like to snooze under a tree, play with the kiddos or drink tea?
Or of course do you like to fire up the bbq?
Just leave me a comment letting me know for your chance to win…
that’s it from me and my soon to be lawn lovely Beach Cottage ladies, I will see you tomorrow…
…we will either have a bath post (yep ladies she is in and if you Instagam or Twitter with me you’ll know I was in her last night)
…or a forty is the new thirty fashion post…exciting ’round here right?? ;-)
giveaway is a game of skill