Nov 17, 2012 7:57 pm
Hi, sorry my first post is just a question, but I guess that's what this forum is for....
Anyway, I have 1.6 acres of dirt on the Copper Coast of South Australia in wheat country. We are at the cusp of a long renovation of century old neglected farmhouse and land. The house I have mega experience in, so that's not an issue.
Where I need help is the land. There are lots of native trees around the boundary and some radiata pines thrown in for good measure. There is a large section in the middle of the block right outside our pergola area of about 1000 to 1500 m2 where I would love to have some (lots...) grass, so I can have my own sort of mini football field for my 3 boys to get active and become the next Adelaide Crows stars.
The soil is good farming soil that has not been used for 100 years apart from nourishing weeds. It is clear and level.
I have access to lots and lots of cow manure (if that's any help), lots of hay bales, and that's about it.
I would like peoples advice on what sort of lawn to plant that thrives on neglect once established. It has to put up with the rigours of active boys, hot summers, mild winters (no frost), and low rainfall. I can do whatever is suggested in the prep of the soil to give everything the best chance it needs, but as for watering a lawn of this size, it's pretty much up to the elements. Seed, thatch, spray on, but laying roll out turf of this size might blow the budget.
Re: Grass, grass and more grass.......2
Nov 17, 2012 9:15 pm
Kikuya is a good grass for what you need.
Get some turf and pull the turf apart and plant the individual pieces. 1m2 of turf should do more than 20-30m2 of finished lawn. They will take some time but they spread by putting out runners, and when grown hard wearing with a low water demand.
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Nov 17, 2012 9:29 pm
For the area size, climate and care you are talking its a no brainer, kikuyu. Emerald kik from seed (plant right now) or vegitive turf of kenda/village green/sterile male kikuyu from runners or plugs. You can also go for a couch, santa ana, legend and winter green all grow well in SA. Couch doesn't stay as green as kikuyu in winter but is a nicer finer grass that you would find at Adelaide oval in summer during cricket season. What ever you choose for the good couchs' and kikuyus' you need to spread runners/sprigs over your prep'd soil like seed. Ring your local turf farm, tell them you have 1000's of metres to turf and you need sprigs/runners to do it and they should sort you out.
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Nov 18, 2012 7:21 am
Thanks people. Kikuya was what I was thinking but did not want to make mention of it first, just wanted to see what others had to say before my suggestion.
I can't plant now as the site needs lots of prep. Most likely I will be ready just before winter. I assume that anything I put in the ground in winter is going to be slow (even not make it?), would I be best waiting for the following spring ? Trying to do all this without watering...
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Nov 18, 2012 2:59 pm
Another thought....... I have a huge, HUGE! mound of old pine needles and mulchy fine stuff that I hand raked from under all the pine trees (been on the soil for 50 or more years). I was going to burn it with all the other undergrowth that I have collected, but would I be wiser to use that in the prep of the soil ?
If I ran a rotary hoe over the area to be grassed and then spread this pine needle mulchy stuff on top, then rotary hoed it all through again, would this be good for the establishment of Kikuya ? It will at the very least save me from burning it.
Would added cow manure from a feed lot during this process be too strong for the lawn or would it help? ( I have access to lots of it very, very cheap.
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