In our last grassy post about sowing lawn, we mentioned there was a big system of rain coming, so we wanted to get more seed out.
That promised system is actually being delivered (yay for meteorologists who get it right!). As I write this, a big cloud of blue is washing over our Beareau of Meteorology map.
I went to Bunnings (I love Bunnings!) and grabbed a few things for our lawn area.
A 4kg bag of seed (not fancy grass, just the cheap stuff) and a bag of lawn fertiliser:
And some aerating boots:
Sowing the seed
We chucked the seed and fertiliser in the wheel barrow and gave it a good old mix-a-roo.
We haven’t used any fertiliser before, but seeing as we’re meant to be in the dry season, we wanted to give this seed as much of a boost as possible, as there may not be any more rain for a few months. Of course, we could be wrong – after all, we’ve had several big rain systems during this dry season.
Anyway, so the oldest Hammerling had raked the area to provide furrows for the seed to settle. He didn’t go too crazy, because we didn’t want to destroy the grass that had already taken root.
Because we knew there was going to be a big rain, and the seed was being scattered on a slope, we thought the furrows were probably not going to cut it – the amount of rain coming would just wash the seed down the slope.
That was why I picked up the aerating boots. My thought was, if we could tramp the area and make holes, the seed just might settle in the holes. (We know this isn’t the real purpose of the boots).
Mr Hammer strapped them onto his shoes.
It took about three seconds to realise this was not going to work. The ground (red clay) was not dry enough to be punctured. The shoes just grabbed at the clay and chewed it up.
So we put the boots away for a future date when we might use them for the purpose intended.
The youngest Hammerlings got a little bucket each to start scattering the seed. They love this job.
I concentrated on the top end of the slope, knowing some of it would get washed down.
Once it was scattered, Mr Hammer went back over it with the rake, trying to cover some of the seed over to prevent it all disappearing. little Master Hammer helped.
He wet it down lightly with town water (what’s in our water tanks at the moment), to give the dirt some grab.
I then ventured upstairs to discover that delicious smell of fertiliser had wafted through the house. As pleasant as that is, I shut all the windows.
The oldest Hammerling and I then planted a few little trees that have been sitting in pots for a couple of weeks, slowly dying. Fingers crossed they live now they’re in the ground.
Time for an icy cold cider.
This morning, I wandered out to have a squiz at the seed, because it rained last night (enough to give us some puddles).
Wow! The seed has already sprouted!
Whether this was because we added some lawn fertiliser, or we raked over it, or maybe because there was more seed, or even because I had a cider when we were finished, we don’t know.
The big dumping of rain is yet to arrive, but now some of the seed has shot roots, we feel good that not all of it will wash away down the slope.
We’ll update in a couple of weeks to show how much (or how little) this grass has grown.
Turf is definitely a faster and easier option. Get a few rolls, roll it out and Bob’s yer uncle. But turf is expensive. And we’re cheap.
To grass just this area in turf, we would have been looking at well upwards of $1,500. As it stands, we have spent a total of $85, (plus the aerating boots, which were $15, but we’re not including that in our total because we didn’t actually use them).
Not bad, eh?
This is how the lawn looks now. It has been mowed several times. It looks beautiful and lush. While it may not be a designer lawn, it looks pretty darn good!