We have a lot of fun outdoors…it's our favourite place to be and we have been enjoying landscaping and gardening with our toddlers but i do wish our grass would hurry up and grow back.
At the moment in the backyard we only have one little area that I call our grass oasis in all of the red mud. When we originally laid turf there I was so excited…and to be honest I still am. It is the place I take the girls to enjoy many fun activities…not that we don't have fun with our new Rocky Sandpit, Rock & Sand Quarry and Pallet Sand Kitchen …but a grassed area is different…. it's soft, it's cool, it's a fantastic space to explore and play. I can't wait for the day when green grass replaces the dirt.
The toddler twosome have enjoyed a lot of fun experiences on our grass….I'd love to share some of them with you……
Sarah is a member of Turf Australia which is the face of Turf Producers Australia (TPA). Turf Australia is working to highlight the benefits of turf to the community.
I was able to see and touch samples of the turf varieties that Sarah recommended while her Father measured up our space out the back (don't you just love family businesses?)
I really appreciated her thoughts on the best turf for our particular area and finding out that some varieties of turf have grass seeds that often cause allergies for children was a real eye opener for me. It's important that I choose a child friendly grass for a family day care area and the grass Sarah recommended ticked so many boxes for me and also emphasised the importance of getting professional advice before choosing and laying turf.
I also loved that Sarah based her recommendations on my tight budget ! You don't get that sort of advice at your local landscape supply centre!
During the consultation I also gleaned quite a few ideas for taking care of our turf during the Winter months (ahem….other than mowing sporadically that is!) The tips below are easy enough for us all to implement and we will be rewarded with a healthy grass that will provide many opportunities for fun, relaxation and play!
My top 5 included…
1. Fertilise your lawn in Autumn.
2. Raise your cutting height slightly.
3.Use a spray on frost protection in very cold areas.
4. Keep an eye on the lawn colour…white grass can mean it is lacking in moisture and/or nutrients.
5. Keep an eye on weeds as lawn growth slows.
I love the possibilities that grass provides and I can't wait for the day when we have some green nestled against our rocks again. If you are considering a lawn replacement or makeover in your backyard I encourage you to get a professional consultation so you can consider factors such as climate, usage and budget.
I really did find it a worthwhile experience and I learnt a lot which will ultimately save us time and money!
In the meantime we will continue to have fun and work on our Natural Playspace …and the toddler twosome will continue to explore wherever there is patch of grass!
Thanks to Turf Australia I have a $150 gift voucher from Bunnings to giveaway to one lucky Australian reader….just answer the following question in the comments below!
When did your kids last play on grass and what were they doing?
We tend to visit our local Bunnings nearly every weekend for something to use in the backyard so I know those of you who also love the outdoors will relish the thought of winning a voucher to spend there!
The competition ends and comments close at 6pm (AEST) on the 8th July 2013. The winner will be notified by email so please make sure to leave your address when commenting! I will update this post with the winning comments after the competition has closed and also share on Facebook. GOOD LUCK
Please note you must be an Australian resident to enter this competition.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL. CONGRATULATIONS TO KATEPICKLE WITH HER STORY OF DINOSAUR LANDS AND SCISSORS. THANKYOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO ENTER, I WISH I COULD CHOSE YOU ALL…SUCH WONDERFUL TIMES OUTSIDE WERE SHARED!
This is not a paid post but I did receive a free professional consultation with Coastal Turf . You can rest assured that all opinions expressed are 100% my own and you can trust my recommendations and the opinions shared with you!