Guilt-free green lawn

I must admit I’m more than a little excited by our new lawn extension. (Permaculture purists stop reading now but I have defended my personal views on lawn on this blog before.) Our latest effort has doubled the size of our existing lawn to a cool 200sqm of cricket/footy/soccer/frisbee awesomeness!

However, I am quick to point out that it is all reticulated by sub-surface dripper lines fed from our Fuji ATU (Alternative Treatment Unit) septic system, which treats our entire household water (grey and black water from the kitchen and toilets) to Class A level, hence the “guilt-free” claim. Although to be fair, it will probably suffer in the height of a scorching Perth summer if we don’t top it up with scheme water. We’ll see how we go.

I got the guys from Water Installations, who installed the ATU originally, to return and lift the purple dripline pipe from the southern side of the house, where we had initially planned to have lawn, and move it to the front to join up with the existing patch. Luckily we hadn’t got around to doing anything around the back so all the purple pipe was still just laying on the surface, which made it a relatively easy move.

So with the reticulation in place, I enticed my hardworking nephews, Angus (15) and Clayton (12) to lend Jeff and I a hand to install the new roll-on lawn on Saturday with the prospect of some serious pocket money to help pay off their new motorbikes. Thank goodness! It took us six hours to move and level sand, fertilise, roll out lawn and fill in all the seams. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

We used ‘Empire Zoysia’ variety again, which we really like and have used several times before for the following reasons:

  • Soft leaf – Non irritant
  • Excellent resistance to weeds, pests and diseases
  • Excellent cold hardiness
  • Easy weed control
  • Low water usage
  • Less mowing
  • Drought tolerant
  • Grows in sandy soils and clays

This lawn has made such a difference already to how the place looks. The kids can’t wait to run around and kick a footy on it and I will have a whole rabble of kids over here tomorrow for a play date while school holidays are on so I don’t like my chances of keeping it pristine. But hey, that’s what it’s there for. Enjoy!