After reading extensively on this forum (Thanks!) I decided to do some landscaping and replace the turf. It ended up being quite a large project, with limestone retaining walls and edging, relevelling, lots of soil amendments, 200m2 of EZ and a lot of work.
I followed the recommendations in the excellent "Fu Manchu's Guide to Soil Prep & Laying Turf" in this forum without scrimping.
Lots of hire equipment, Bentonite clay, organic compost, zeolite and even a few bags of sheep manure that I came across.
Being a novice, and having only novice assistants, the progress was pretty slow for while and the weather wasn't kind; 35+ every day that we worked.
Well, we finally got everything in place in early December 2012, and the result was everything we wanted it to be. What a transformation! Well worth the money and effort.
With plenty of water from the bore (for the first 6 weeks where water use is unrestricted here in Perth) and lots of sun the EZ has consolidated and is progressing well. However, I do have a couple of questions and observations about its maintenance:
1/ How high should it be mowed? I didn't mow it for about a month to allow it to consolidate, and then I only took a bit off the tips to level it off. This left a thick but soft cover where your feet would sink into it by about 30mm.
The next mow was about a week later and a notch lower, and this had the result that there were quite a few large patches that browned off. I think that all of the leaf of the plant had been taken off, leaving just the crown, but the crown was still quite thick at a height of around 25mm above the soil. It appears that EZ requires a high cut, leaving a lot of leaf. This looks rather luxurious but a bit unkempt. Can the mowing height be gradually reduced?
2/ EZ is supposed to be a slow growing variety. If so, I can't say I've noticed. It needs a mow every 9-10 days at present, but hopefully this will slow down when the weather cools off.
3/ The initial colour for the first 2 or 3 weeks was a magnificent emerald green, but this is now a lot less intense than it was. Still pretty good but a bit patchy and spotty, particularly where it got scalped.
Should I add some fertiliser or let nature take its course?