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!