Barry Du Bois guides a young fam­ily through the in­stal­la­tion of a new, easy-care, syn­thetic lawn.

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Ten­­liv­in­groom

Con­fused be­fore More pri­vate beach than gar­den, the sand had to go.

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