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Grass Growing project

Post by Alex3 » Thu, 30 Jun 2011 3:58 pm

We just moved into a SLA house. The lawn areas (approx 80sqm total) are a disaster. Basically just weeds growing on clumpy uneven earth. I want to start a new lawn from scratch. My basic plan is to spray Roundup to kill everything. Then somehow level everything off, add some decent topsoil, grass seed, then water daily while crossing my fingers.

I've read through the forums that Far East Flora is the place to go for tools, seed and advice.

If anyone has first hand experience of preparing a lawn here in Singapore your advice would also be much appreciated particularly in relation to leveling, soil prep and suppliers.

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Post by beppi » Thu, 30 Jun 2011 4:11 pm

Grass is never sown in-situ here, but always prepared at "grass nurseries" and then transplanted to the final location, either in carpet-like panels or, more commonly, mixed-up clumps of soil and grass (thus the uneven surface).
I guess the experts have a reason for never sowing seeds in the final location, but I can only speculate what it is (birds eating the seeds, or heavy rainfall washing them and the topsoil away?).

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 30 Jun 2011 4:31 pm

beppi wrote: I guess the experts have a reason for never sowing seeds in the final location, but I can only speculate what it is (birds eating the seeds, or heavy rainfall washing them and the topsoil away?).
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Post by Alex3 » Thu, 30 Jun 2011 5:43 pm

Thanks for the replies. That makes sense. I was hoping to achieve a good result with elbow grease, minimal tools and expense as it's a rented property. I guess I can still do the prep work - killing weeds and leveling.

I'll see what FEF have to say.

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