Barry Du Bois guides a young family through the installation of a new, easy-care, synthetic lawn.
Artificial turf creates an instant easy lawn in a barren backyard – just ask baz from The Living Room.
BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME can be a distracting business. Which is what happened to Jason and Annika when they moved into their rustic townhouse. With plenty to do inside to make it their dream home and a new baby to adapt to, the couple’s list of priorities had the garden at a distant third.
Though the garden had quite attractive plantings on three sides, the centre looked more like a building site than a safe place for a toddler to play. The family also wanted a lawn that could survive shade, always looked good and was low-maintenance.
Barry surpassed their expectations by installing a virtually no-maintenance garden of artificial or synthetic turf. Thankfully, it’s not what it used to be and the latest generation has grass fibres that are very realistic and soft underfoot. They can also be trimmed to a length required (only once of course!) and many are UV-stable so they keep their colour for longer. Artificial turf has many other benefits. It was perfect to go over the top of the garden’s sandy surface and was done in a couple of days. Initially, the process involved a lot of digging and levelling, mostly done by Barry’s right-hand-man Dylan along with Annika, while Jason worked inside on other challenging projects. The second part was all about laying, securing and tweaking the 36 sq m of turf to fit perfectly.
After that initial labour-intensive phase, the synthetic surface doesn’t require much more work, unlike the real stuff. Busy Jason and Annika won’t have to mow it, or find a place to store a mower, and of course there’s no watering required – a big saving on time and money. And for all that lack of effort, their lawn will look great for years to come.
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Confused before More private beach than garden, the sand had to go.