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The Grass is Greener

“You don’t realise how fortunate you are in Australia.” Suda Sudarsana, international P & G scientist, began the story. I met Suda when I was in Thailand recently and his down-to-earth approach resonated with me.

Suda continued the story; it went something like this: You have space in Australia, and the kids get to run around on the grass. In Japan, this is almost unheard of.  When I suggested the baseball team I coach practice on a wet field in bare feet, there was an uproar by parents!  I believe walking barefoot on grass, is really important for kids.  Australian children have this opportunity.

buffalo grass

Australian kids are fortunate. Australians are fortunate.   According to industry research, 84% of us have a lawn.  Now that’s summer, and we are spending more time outside, I thought it would be interesting to put together a post with tips on how to both care for, and make the most of the lawn.

To help me do this, I had a wonderful chat with Tony from Caboolture Turf, about outdoor living, caring for the lawn and how to manage tricky spots.  Tony is obviously passionate about grass, and boy does he know it well.  First things first: below is a picture of the best part of my lawn. The (very) bad parts come later.

{buffalo grass}

running on the grass

What are the basics for lawn maintenance?

  • Fertilise every 3-4 months
  • Water within your local council guidelines (this is plenty to maintain a healthy lawn)
  • Mow low and tight. This encourages the grass to grow sideways, and there will be less room for weeds and prickles.

Is it okay to leave the clippings in the grass?

Absolutely.  Clippings are good for the grass, the only issue is if the grass is long when cut, the kids will walk the clippings through the entire house for weeks to come.  If you mow regularly, it’s a great idea to leave the clippings once in a while.

What about lawns with mixed grass (like mine)

Mixed grass is common in Australian yards.  It’s not a problem if you don’t mind the grass not matching perfectly. What you’ll find is the grass best suited to the area, will be dominant.  This is why it’s important to get advice on what sort of grass is best for your area. A perfect example is this (pictured) section of your yard.   This area gets almost no sun so you have all sorts of things growing here. Couch was originally planted here, and failed as the garden matured. Carpet grass has started to grow instead, but ultimately this area need to be poisoned, removed, some lime added (to solve the moss problem) and then re turfed using a shade tolerant variety like buffalo (Sir Walter).

{incorrect grass for the area}

problem areas turf -- deciding on the right turf for your area -- moss, carpet grass, clover

How do you know what grass is best for your lawn?

This section (pictured below) of your yard is a good example of how the right grass performs well in the right area.  This buffalo grass, close the the house, works perfectly, but there is a distinct line where the buffalo stops and couch starts.

{buffalo grass is wonderful in shady areas}

choosing the right type of grass for your lawn

This is a true example of where the newer variety of buffalo is a better choice (than the original couch).  Quality advice from a Turf farmer, can save a lot of money (and hassles) in the long run. For more information about how to choose the right type of your grass for your lawn, visit this post: Choosing the Right Turf for your Lawn.

“The best way to enjoy your outdoor spaces as a family is just to do it. Unplug and make it happen.”

What is the best way to maximise the yard for family life?

Living outdoors: it’s the Australian way.  The idea is to get out and make it happen. There are endless ways to incorporate the yard into family life; below are some tips:

1. Divide: I’m big on dividing the outdoors into sections. This can be done through landscaping, grass sections, stepping stones, a BBQ or a bench seat placed in a nice shady spot.

2. Play: Put in some cricket wickets, invest in a totem tennis equipment, play soccer, put large buckets out on the lawn for water play, bring inside toys out on a large mat on the grass, put up a cheap tent and let the kids play (they might even sleep out there!).

3. Eat: Many modern homes have the kitchen, living and outdoor areas married into one. There is nothing wrong with this concept but it can be a good idea to remove yourself from the house and actually step away. So, for example, if you have BBQ out in the yard, it’s like having a little holiday.

creating outdoor spaces -- a bench seat

The best way to enjoy your outdoor spaces as a family is just to do it. Unplug and make it happen.

What about trampolines and play equipment on grass?

The key to maintaining grass underneath play equipment is to move it around every week. In your case Kelly, the grass is pretty much dead so you probably will need to replace this section with the correct grass: Sir Walter Buffalo Grass in this case, which is suited for shady areas like this one.

Dead grass under the trampoline (oops!)

what to do with dead grass under play equipment/trampoline

What about trouble spots and thinning grass?

This problem is very easily fixed. Follow these two steps:

  • Top dress these areas (using sand), lightly twice over a month.
  • Mow often, low and tight, to encourage the grass to grow sideways.

{Top dress bare spots with sand}

problem spots in grass

I love grass, and living outdoors as much as possible so thank you Tony for such wonderful tips!

 Love freedom  .  Love grass  .  Love Aussie culture  .  Love life

running on the grass

Lawn problems?

Do you have a question for Tony? Do you want him to have a look at a picture of your lawn? You can leave a question for Tony in the comments below, or even better still, upload a picture of your trouble spots on the Be A Fun Mum facebook page, and Tony will come by and leave feedback for you.  You can join Tony’s facebook page for great tips on keeping your lawn healthy: Caboolture Turf

Giveaway

**The Giveaway how now ended and the winner has been notified**

I’m offering a $150 Bunnings voucher on the blog today to celebrate grass! To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment below about what you love most about grass.  Feel free to ask any questions below about turf, or your lawn and  Tony is happy to answer them for you.

Terms:

1. Australian residents only.  2. Giveaway will be selected randomly.  3. Winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, the prize will be redrawn.  4. Giveaway open from Friday 16th December to 21 December 2011.

Other Relevant Links

8 Awesome Things About Turf

Choosing the right turf for your lawn

Be A Fun Mum Outdoor Play Posts

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Favourite Outdoor Play Spaces

Rock Play Garden

Playing with your kids: a confession

Chasing dragonflies & butterflies

Make a flower head wreath

Nature Hunt

Op Shop Cubby

The Best Family Adventure: Geocaching

It’s the Fun You Have Along the Way

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123 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah
    December 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I grew up on a farm with a huge grass yard. I hated the bindii patches, but loved laying in the sun for hours hunting down four-leaf clovers. I loved the feeling of wet grass after a shower – but hated stepping on the snails that were out enjoying life too. Squelch!!
    Now I live in the suburbs and I protect my little green lawn patches like a lioness. My naturestrip and the tiny curve of turf in my front yard that I had to convince everyone around me was a good idea- I saved shower water (and the kids’ bathwater) and bucketed it out there during the worst of the water restrictions. A labour of love that turned into a habit.

    I love grassy lawns, and when I’m done sitting I sheepishly try to fluff up the flattened bumprint, does anyone else do that?!

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    Kathryn Rodda
    December 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I love the smell of freshly mown grass, especially if it’s mown just before a shower of rain – it seems to bring the lovely fresh smell out even more. Our small lawn nees some TLC, so it’s nice and soft for our 3 boys to run around on, kick their footy and soccer balls, run under the sprinkler etc.

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    Penny
    December 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I love seeing my toddler walk on grass for the first time. And when she falls she’s too scared to put her hands down on the grass.

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    Kelly B
    December 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    What a great post! I love the feeling of grass between your toes! I also love that it usually provides a soft landing if my little boy happens to fall over 🙂

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    Tess
    December 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    We only have a small patch of grass (Sir Walter), which for some reason has looked patchy and unhealthy for the past 2 years, but this year is looking lush and green. It is my husbands pride and joy, only now that it is healthy! What I love about grass is that the kids have a place to run, jump, skip and play without the worry of hurting themselves (too bad) if they fall, plus we have a place for a backyard picnic, totem tennis, the paddling pool, and our little boy has discovered it’s great for toilet training (of course wees only!).

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    Crystal B
    December 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Yes I love grass for that soft landing for my children! Plus the back to nature feel to it!

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    Jessica Linke
    December 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    You’re right – having a lawn is almost iconically Australian, and that’s my favourite thing about having a lawn, and a large one too (1200m sq) I love having space for my son to run around in and soft grass for him to fall on. Concrete and paved yards are so static and dead, a lawn is a living entity, and helps us stay connected to the natural world outside our door. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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      Leia Knibb
      December 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Too true, Jessica! We have an 800m sq, but would dearly love an even bigger yard for running around and playing! 🙂

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    Leia Knibb
    December 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I love rolling around on the grass with our 2.5 yr old son and our 2 cavaliers…especially after it’s been freshly mowed. I love how our son loves to ‘help’ his daddy with the mowing! Whenever my husband gets the mower out ready, our son races to get his own ‘toy’ mower, and literally mows alongside his daddy! I have several photos of them mowing together. I also have photos of them using their BBQ’s together (toy BBQ for him obviously)! Priceless! 😀

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    Tony
    December 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hi everyone,

    Feel free to post any questions you have on our Facebook page or on this site. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caboolture-Turf/138718946146793 even upload a pic if you need to.

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      Leia Knibb
      December 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Excellent! Will definitely check it out! 🙂 We originally bought our turf off you in 2007, but since we had flooding come through ‘Forest Ridge’ in January (thankfully only up to our front door, and then receded…only so many others in our neighbourhood), I think we have every single type of weed possible, and can’t get on top of it! 🙁 So disappointed!!! Don’t know if it’s ‘fixable’?! We’re trying!!!

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        Leia Knibb
        December 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

        That should say, ‘unlike’ so many others (NOT only)!

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        Tony
        December 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

        Leia,

        Email me some close ups of weeds to tony@cabooltureturf.com.au and I will let you know what they are and what to spray with. Now is the time to get on top of it and promote the turf growing so its all good for winter.

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    Bec M
    December 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I’m such a lover of backyards, space and grassy areas for the kids to play. Enough with the concrete jungle!!!

    We have two grassy spaces out the back of our place – with paving, patio and the pool breaking them up. One area has the swing set and for Christmas a sand pit is coming for the dead area of grass. The other area has a re-tractable washing line which is rarely out now – we put the washing on airers as much as possible so that the grass is free. Our four year old son has just started playing cricket and teaching and watching him has been SO much fun.

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    Lisa Serraino
    December 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What I love most about grass is that my 3 year old daughter has somewhere soft, safe and fun to play on 🙂 Also its a great place for her to have her tea parties on and is a soft landing at the end of her slide!

    I have one question for Tony… my husband just started working away and I have been left in charge of our lawn :/ Eekk! Because we dont have any retic, I have to water the grass with a hose (I think its the softer buffalo type?). How often should I be watering it and is it better to do it at night or in the day?? Cheers!

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      Tony
      December 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Lisa,

      If it is in bad condition now, i.e. not looking a deep green colour or a bit thin, use some fertiliser and then water it within the regulations every afternoon or evening for a week. Once the fertiliser has been watered in after a week then scale back to 2-3 times per week in the afternoon and evening. You will soon get a feel for how much it needs per week to keep it looking great.

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    Kim
    December 19, 2011 at 11:08 am

    At home, out and about, on holiday or even my biggest adventures… grass means I always have a comfy place to sit!

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    colette
    December 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly mowed grass? 🙂

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    Sandra G
    December 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Grass and lawn give kids the freedom to use their imagination, and play. We have a large backyard with grass, and our grandkids love visiting as there is room for backyard cricket, chasing the dogs, playing leapfrog and generally just having a great time being kids.

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    Trish
    December 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Grass…it s soft it’s green it’s gentle,relaxing and kind on our feet…makes me realize I need to get out more and enjoy it…I love our tiny grass area the best just when it has been mowed…very neat! Great tips…we sold our tramp and no more dead grass…will show this info to the gardener…my hubby…thanks!

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    Lisa
    December 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    We laid buffalo grass about 3 years ago, thru trial and error it is finally looking good. We have had trouble growing in shady areas under a frangapani tree and lawn grub infestations – info in this article would have been and is extremley handy!! Now i know how often i shoudl be fertilising! Thanks!

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    Karen E
    December 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I love watching the kiddies rolling around or just playing on the nicely mowed lawn lots of fun

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    Brooke Smith
    December 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love the smell and look of freshly mown grass. My boys and dog love rolling around in the grass.

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    Jo
    December 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Grass is not JUST green and lush and a pleasure to run around on with bare feet. It is SO much more! It represents enjoying fresh air, making memories as I run across the sprinkler with my son, picking daisies, staying active and looking after our bodies through lots of physical activity, enjoying the amazing creation that God has made for us to enjoy, relishing the freedom of a creative space, imaginative play, teddy bear picnics whilst nibbling on the snow peas freshly picked from the garden. Grass represents ALL these sacred things!

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    Shannon
    December 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I too love the smell of freshly mown grass, and the feel of it underfoot. 🙂

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    Erin
    December 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I love that the grass is something that my husband maintains rather than me!!

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    Michelle
    December 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I love the smell of freshly mown grass. Better still I love to lie on the grass with my daughter and look at the shapes the clouds make, so peacful!

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    Amanda Stevenson
    December 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I love (but never seem to have) the soft green grass that doesn’t have bull ants or prickles. I think there’s nothing better than kids playing on the grass. Handstands and cartwheels, rolling down the hill, grass sliding…. I have some of my fondest childhood memories doing these exact things!

    I have a question for Tony: I bought a new mower recently and the guy at the mower shop told me not to put the mower on the lowest setting. Mow higher rather than lower. I found that the lawn looked better with it not so low but reading this post you said to mow low. What adjustment setting do u recommend the mower be on?

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      Tony
      December 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Amanda,

      If you lawn is thick and healthy you can get away with mowing it a little higher. Mowing it lower with promote lateral growth if a lawn needs repairing or covering bare areas. It does come down to a lot of personal choice and what you like as well. If it is a buffalo grass it will like to be mown a little higher, if it is couch I would mow it at about 25-30mm which will keep it low and tight.

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    Helen
    December 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love grass and I love my lawn. I love the smell of wet grass in the early morning and the sound of my children running under the sprinkler in the warmer months. I love my chooks enjoying my lawn’s nutrients as they scratch and poke around to free it from nasty grubs. I love to see my family and friends sprawled out on the lawn as we enjoy some impromptu fish and chips after a day at the beach or park. And most of all I love my lawn for giving me 15 minutes of space to escape all this busy-ness when I head out to mow it every couple of weeks!

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    bubble936
    December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love the touch and the fresh feel of the grass.It makes me happy about the fact that in australia we have some of the finest varieties of grass and our kids are so fortunate to have playgrounds here in australia where they can play in grass and spend active time away from Tv,computer and video games…

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    hannah57
    December 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love the way the grass looks the day after its been mowed, when the rain has fallen on it and it smells so divinely fresh and its reminds you of rolling around in it for hours when you were a child. There’s just something special about it 🙂

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    Belinda Wilson
    December 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I love the feel of grass on bare feet and playing ball with my chilren on the grass.

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    Michelle Young
    December 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I love walking through (bindii free) grass with bare feet and watching my children run and play through it, and of course picnic lunches on grass is the best!

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    Kathy
    December 20, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I love a patch of lawn …it feels gorgeous underfoot, is aesthetically pleasing , cooling and appealing to small (mostly ) birds hopping, pecking & hoping to find a tasty morsel .They hardly take any notice of me sitting quietly at the grass edge …. a mesmerising haven of peace & tranquility 🙂

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    Alyra Shaw
    December 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Nothing beats the feel of grass on barefeet – well that is if it doesn’t have any weeds!

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    Narelle Rock
    December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love the softness you feel when walking on it with bare feet, squishing your toes into the blades!

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    Jen Lindsay
    December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Grass is a hot topic on my mind at the moment! We have 2.5 acres so a lot of grass! I do actually have a question for Tony. When it comes to large spaces is there a way to slow the growth of grass (less mowing) and is there a way to improve the quality of the grass without laying new turf over our whole property?

    I love grass! I really do, I have fond memories as a child laying on the lawn and watching the clouds or stars. Talking with my best friend about life and the future. To think that I am now living the future we once daydreamed about is just incredible!

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      Tony
      December 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Jen, there is a product that slows the rate of growth down called Primo. It is only commercially available so send me an email at tony@cabooltureturf.com.au with the exact size and I will see if it viable.
      As far as promoting the growth in the paddock, mow it low and tight, fertilise it during rain periods if you don’t have irrigation. The other thinkg you can do is buy a pallet of turf (50m2) and cut it up in little bits. Plant these through the area about 500mm apart and they will grow in and give you a better cover.

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    Kathryn Apel
    December 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Oooh! I love Bunnings. Hubby is always a little bit nervous when I go there!

    I love green grass, too. We live on a hill in the middle of a paddock with grass that stretches to the foot of scrubby mountains. I love the summer months when the rain comes and so does the green. Gorgeous! Alas, my house doesn’t have a lawn as such – mostly indiscriminate native couch – something I was very aware of even *before* reading your blog! I’ve never heard of buffalo grass as a lawn grass. But I know carpet grass much too well! #grrr

    I’m wondering if guinea pigs are likely to do damage to the lawn. They feed heavily in places – will this damage the grass? Or is it a bit like mowing it low – and therefore encouraging the grass to thicken?

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      Tony
      December 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

      The guinea pigs won’t hurt the grass, just keep moving them around, don’t leave them in one spot.

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    Dawn sharpe
    December 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    The thing i love most about my lawn is being able to put out the slip and slide with bubbles on it, turn the sprinklers on (on my days of course) and watch the kids have a ball. One of the few free pleasures around now. I couldnt live without lawn 🙂

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    Liz
    December 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

    As I child, I LOVED playing outside on our green grass. There was rarely a day when my sisters and I didn’t play on the grass. As I grew older, we planned activities on grass; rolling down hills, races and my favourite, ice-block racing down giant grassed hills! So much fun! Now that I’m the Mum, I want my children to have as much fun on grass as I did. Grass lets children be children, and to me, that is priceless. Now, to fix up our grass so my girls can play, explore and learn. 🙂

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    Cassandra Hoffmann
    December 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Summer, that’s what freshly mown grass smells like to me…. it reminds me of when I was little, that smell, the warmth of the sun, eyes closed and just smelling the air. I reckon it’s like what snow is to some people in the colder regions, that first snow… the first mow in the warmer months… d i v i n e! Apart from that, I love watching my kids just run around on the grass with no shoes on 🙂

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    Nyrelle Hawkins
    December 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hi there! There is nothing better than the smell of fresh cut lawn and then you put the sprinkler on in summer time and what fun can be had! Green grass, sprinklers and kids is what summer time is all about! I love laying out on the grass while the kids play and the dog runs around with them…. staring up to the sky and looking at the clouds as they drift by – such a blissful feeling!

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    Jo
    December 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    We just recently laid Sir Walter in our back yard, running down the side of the house and the front yard. I am ABSOLUTELY in love with it – it is soft and green and inviting. It looks like the Gabba! Already the kids are happier to play outside, kick a ball, run and tumble. And I can’t wait to host Christmas back yard picnics 🙂

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    Amz aka Nurturing Progress
    December 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Great post Kelly and rather timely in light of the Summer (we’re meant to be having) with all this rain about means grass grows ridiculously fast as do the weeds and clover taking up residence in our lawn !

    I actually just used weed and feed for the first time in high hopes to reduce said ‘new residents’ but with all the rain we’ve recently had I think it nurtured them more! *sigh*….Is that the best solution for problematic weeds?

    Currently as I type this the ‘hubs’ is out there doing yard work….smells GREAT !!!! I love that mostest’ is the smell and the fact that I’m here and he is there 😛 Should totally go out and ‘pretend’ to help 😛

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    Corrin Fleming-Morris
    December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I love how a good patch of grass feels between your toes especially on a hot day – even better is how it smells after a hot summer storm.
    My husband and I are currently trying to get our lawn up to standards (my fathers lawn is like carpet, which is a high standard to try and follow!) so that our 14 month old daughter can play freely without me worrying she will step onto the massive crops of bindi – ouch!

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    Kylie St Clair
    December 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    We love grass because:
    1. The kids can paint outside and a mow or a wash of the grass is that is needed to clean up the paint.
    2. Its easier to wash our dog on the grass instead of inside the house.
    3. I can lay on the grass to read a book whilst feeling just as comfortable as being inside the house but instead can supervise the kids as they get plenty of exercise playing on grass.
    4. Grass looks nicer and is just as good as “playground turf” to soften a kids fall from a swing set.
    5. Real grass makes be feel better because I know its good for the environment. I have heard its even better than planting a tree?
    6. Grass at the front adds value to your home.
    7. The dog can dig a hole and our buffalo grass will grow over the hole eventually when top soiled etc. Whilst plastic sprinklers and clothing that the dog destroys dont have this self-fixing ability.
    8. Kids love grass because they can roll all over it and wont get dirty, unlike a muddy non grass area.
    9. Husband loves grass because he can wash his car on it.
    10. I LOVE GRASS because it makes my life easier because of all the above reasons.

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      Kylie St Clair
      December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Opps sorry for spelling errors. Number 1 should be “…wash of the grass is ALL that is needed to clean..” and number 5 should say “…makes ME feel better…”.
      Im sure there are more…HEHE.

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    Kelly Tracey
    December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I was always lucky enough to have a big yard when growing up and when buying a house of my own I was more then willing to buy further away from the city to ensure my children could have the same opportunity. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted because our kids ar happy just running (or rolling) around on the grass for hours and when we go to visit friends or family without much grass in their yard you can really see what a difference it makes to the kids freedom.

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    Kimberly Patti
    December 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I love looking out my window and seeing beautiful green grass. It is the perfect finishing touch to our yard. Unfortunately living in tropical Queensland it tends to be more brown and dead most of spring and early summer but with a fantastic couple of storms 2 days in a row, it turned a beautiful emerald colour almost overnight. That is the best part about a wet summer, beautiful green grass for my dogs and my little boy to play on.

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    Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots
    December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I love feeling of cool damp grass under my bare feet in the morning

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    suzi
    December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I love being able to roll about on the grass with my kids. we are so lucky to be able to have a great patch of grass of our own

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    Kim
    December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Grass urges you to do fun things! Picnics, rolly polly’s, afternoon naps after you watch the clouds…. grass means never ending adventures!

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    Mel
    December 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This giveaway is so handy right now because im actually trying to give my lawn a boost as its patchy and lifeless! We have a 5mth old so i want to have the best lawn possible for him to play on.

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    Annette
    December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love freshly mowed grass and want to grow some grass in shade underneath the deck. What type is best for this purpose.

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      Tony
      December 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Annette, be careful if it is in FULL shade. Even buffalo grasses, whilst advertised that they grow in shade, still need some filtered light. My rule of thumb is they will only grow in up to about 70% shade.
      There is a variety called Durban Grass or Sweet Smother Grass that is a bit more shade tolerant but is does not wear very well in my opinion.

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    Zoe
    December 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I love the smell of fresh cut grass, I love the little tiny ‘hairs’ on each tiny blade, I love the way a beautiful lawn can totally change the apperance of a property, I love watching my 12mth old ‘crawl’ on all fours with his bum in the air because the grass is tickling his knees, I love that a beautiful thick lawn can be softer than soft fall, I love how a house with a lawn is cooler than one that has paths and concrete around it, I love laying on my lawn looking up at the clouds or our perfect coloured blue australian sky. I love the look of the lawn when we have a frost and each and every single blade of grass is covered in a tiny layer of ice and it sparkles when the sun hits it and I loved building a nest out of grass clippings for the Easter Bunny to lay his eggs in as a child.

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    Jillian
    December 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    The best thing about grass is the smell. How it smells when it’s freshly cut, how it smells after rain, and how it smells on a hot balmy evening.

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