Sleeping Infant

I am snatching an indeterminate, but probably short, opportunity to write a post whilst I have a sleeping Grandchild, Thursdays having become a weekly Grannie Duty day since the middle of April. No gardening takes place on a Thursday – and the seasonal tasks are mounting up, waiting not just for a day other than Thursday, but a less HOT day, as there are lots of things waiting to be planted out.

One task that was carried out whilst temperatures were in the mid to high 20s was the new lawn:

You may remember an earlier picture showing the turf being removed from this area, the ‘Tai Chi Lawn’; having harboured thoughts of creating a turf stack, I soon realised that as well as having nowhere to discretely place such as stack, it was unlikely that I could make sensible use of the resultant soil a year or two down the line. Fortunately the neighbour who had our previous ‘spare soil’ was able to make use of the turf itself, edging a small mound on which they have just added an as yet unnamed outbuilding.

With the turf piles removed and the adjacent paved area swept of loose soil, the area was levelled and sharp sand applied. You will see that I had a bit of fun with the sand before the weed prevention membrane was added and the artificial turf laid. We looked at various samples before we made a final decision, which was Lazylawn ‘Lazy Signature’ – not cheap at £29.99 a square metre but with only needing a 2.2m length of the 2m width it was not an expensive project, although I had to reduce the width of the original square area to 2m to suit the width of the product.

We are pleased with the result and it will be interesting to see what visitors, whether friends, family or open garden visitors, make of it. I know the jury is out amongst fellow bloggers!

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31 Responses to Sleeping Infant

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I have seen this done in Florida where grass just won’t grow in their sandy soil. I can’t imagine having it in my garden but I never poo poo another gardeners solution to a problem. What ever makes you happy makes me happy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa. I had tried improving the real grass several times but it just doesn’t seem worth the effort for such a small area.

  2. Although I am not a fan of artificial grass, I see the benefits of not punishing yourself more than is necessary. It’s becoming more and more popular, and more lifelike. I have been thinking of getting the grass (not a lawn) lifted at the front of the building and replacing it with gravel. I am curious though, about the membrane, if it’s porous to allow water to drain, would it now allow weeds up as well?

  3. johnvic8 says:

    I can only imagine the joy that is coming from the Golfer as he views his new putting green. How nice of you to make him so happy.

  4. Christina says:

    I think for such a tiny spot the artificial grass is ideal.

  5. Pauline says:

    That’s a good job done, I’ve always felt that there is no point in having grass in a small area, one less job to do, keeping it tidy.

    • Cathy says:

      You would think it was easy to keep a small area of grass maintained, but that never seemed to be the case!

  6. Cathy says:

    It looks great in the photos and I know there are some very good artificial lawns these days, so for such a small area I think it was a good move! It will be nice in winter when everyone else has a brown patch. They will all be green with envy! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) LOL!

  7. Annette says:

    Actually it looks very real to me, Cathy, and the advantages of never having to mow it…well then, there’s the wildlife factor which isn’t great but I get the idea (and besides you have plenty in your garden to make up for it!) and look forward to seeing how it ages. It looks neat and pleasing on the pic 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the wildlife won’t really miss 4.4 sq metres of grass as there are plenty of wild areas in the rest of the garden…

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It wouldn’t look real in my garden as we can never get our grass to be as green as that, but it looks very good in your garden. Seems like a sensible idea to me for a small area.

  9. bcparkison says: looks nice but I have never had a weed proof any thing. Good luck and let us know about your success.

    • Cathy says:

      The membrane is a thick fabric that lets water drain through but prevents weeds from growing. I use it elsewhere where I have bark as a path and under some paved areas

  10. rusty duck says:

    Our increasing population of rabbits are fervently hoping I haven’t seen this..

  11. Heyjude says:

    For such a small space I’d say it looks perfect. I do wonder whether weed will grow in it though, be interesting to see how it looks a couple of years down the line. And how wonderful to be on Granny Duty. I missed that when we moved away from the grandchildren. It is so nice to be part of their lives.

    • Cathy says:

      With the membrane there should be no weeds, Jude. My other granddaughter is in Surrey and although I never thought I would agree to grandchild minding but when it came to it I felt it was the right thing to do. And bless her, my daughter didn’t ask as she knew what I had said previously – but I did offer. Despite losing a day and having to rearrange one of my activities I know it will pay dividends in the long run. Her other Grannie has her 2 days which I definitely wouldn’t agree to though!

  12. Debra says:

    There was a time I’d have been less likely to enjoy the result, but I have changed over the years. Here in drought-stricken California there are more and more examples of artificial turf, and I’m frequently really surprised at how practicality can also be quite attractive. I think it looks very nice in your beautiful garden. And how lovely to have a weekly visit with your grandchild. Nothing like it! 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      It’s early days for both, Debra! The hardest part of the granddaughter bit is not being able to do anything else for most of the day, but it will get easier

  13. Елена says:

    It looks perfect!
    If this lawn ceases to like, then it will be easy to replace it with gravel)).

  14. Sally says:

    Hi Cathy,
    Having taken care of my grandchildren, I’m thrilled that you have this opportunity to be with your grandchild. What fun and what joy! I have wonderful memories of my grandmother and swore my grandchildren would as well.
    I was wondering how you were going to tend to that patch of grass until you mentioned it being artificial turf. I’ve never seen any in person that looked good but, yours looks fantastic. I may never have seen any good turf……It will be fun to get reaction from your guests….

    • Cathy says:

      I am glad I offered (never thought I would!) as it will be good to develop a closer bond – certainly not easy though as she is only 8 months and doesn’t sleep much!

  15. tonytomeo says:

    You would think that my parents would have learned after raising their own. But NO. They got a second generation too; and now my mother is trying to keep up with her great granddaughter!

  16. rosejasm says:

    Looks good to me! That would be a small patch to mow – take you longer to get the lawn mower out!!!

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