Landscaping Our Dream

The Results of Three Weeks Hard Labour

We could have allowed our builder to do our landscaping, but we decided we would do it ourselves.  There have been a few days when perhaps we thought it would have been much easier to let the builder do it (or more accurately, pay our builder to do it), but we have been having a lot of fun, albeit, at times its back-breaking work.

Mind you, Dean is doing all the hard work, I’m just the site supervisor/lackey.  “Clare, I’m thirsty”  “Clare, come hither!”  “Clare, come and hold this.”  “Clare!  Clare!  Claaarrreee!”

I’m very confident all the workmen around here know my name now.

First things first – paving around the house, and edging what will be a garden along the fence lines.

And with weather predictions promising rain, Dean and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start laying some turf.  Two pallet load arrived at 8:00 am yesterday and we went at it like bulls at a gate.  By 9:30 am, we had 55 square metres (592 square feet) of turf laid and were able to sit back and enjoyed our handiwork.

(There are no ‘during’ photos because I was too dirty to touch my camera)

After Mother Nature poured copious amounts of water on the lawn last night, this is what our handiwork looks like this morning.

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Hello Sir Walter*

I’m off to buy a few plants today, just a couple of palms to put into the garden surrounding the lawn.


* Sir Walter is a DNA Certified Buffalo Lawn cultivated as a tough turf specifically for the harsh Australian environment.  Sir Walter Buffalo lawns are soft underfoot and incredibly easy to maintain. 

16 Comments

  1. well done – its looking GREAT and you both must feel proud as punch 🙂 cant wait to see the finished product with all your plants in.

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    1. Thank you Kylie. We are very proud of our efforts so far, thought I must admit, neither of us are as young as we were the first time we did something like this and the muscles are taking a bit longer to recover.

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    1. Thank you Lorie. Yesterday was the first day of autumn, not that anyone could tell, it was hotter than the last day of summer 🙂 Hopefully we’ve got the lawn down earlier enough for it to take hold before it gets too cold. Who am I kidding? It doesn’t get cold here – cool, yes, but cold? Definately not.

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  2. Good job!!! Nice private backyard. I was surprised to see how close you were to your neighbors. You guys will have to be quiet during your more amorous moments or they’ll be making popcorn and sitting outside listening!!! 😉 😀

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    1. Yes, we will. As the patio is on the south-east corner, it might get a little chilly , but the big advantage is how cool it is when it’s hot.

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  3. Boy, you two are hard workers! That new home and space will shortly reflect all that love and labor! Good job with the photos! This Iowan is marveling at Aussies and their abilities.

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