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Greens lawns to return…

asp 12 September 2007 22

…well, it’s the thought that counts.

ACTEW is saying they don’t expect to impose stage 4 restrictions this srping and summer and even better, they may lighten the stage 3 restrictions that would see us being allowed to water lawns once a week.

I welcome the news, but my lawns are so far gone that they would need to be replanted. So watering once a week won’t be enough.  Would you welcome the chance be allowed to water lawns again?


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canberra towie canberra towie 8:56 pm 13 Sep 07

And i’ll help judge the …watering of the lawn lol

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:10 pm 13 Sep 07

Are wet teeshirt competitions allowed under stage 3 water restrictions? If so, I might hold one on my front lawn each Saturday during summer.

Only if you use buckets…what was your address, I’ll be your bucket boy!

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 2:38 pm 13 Sep 07

Are wet teeshirt competitions allowed under stage 3 water restrictions? If so, I might hold one on my front lawn each Saturday during summer. Having green grass is very important in my little world.

Thumper Thumper 2:38 pm 13 Sep 07

Asp,

It dyes?

What colour? Brown?

🙂

Kramer Kramer 2:36 pm 13 Sep 07

Forget the lawns, when do I get to wash my cars?

asp asp 2:23 pm 13 Sep 07

“There’s plenty of green stuff that has survived perfectly well in Australia for thousands of years”

Yes, unfortunately my lawns weren’t one of them. Planted in 96 when water was plentiful, it is the softest most lush grass you could hope for, if watered enough. If not watered for months, it dyes beyond repair.

bourke bourke 1:51 pm 13 Sep 07

Cement? No way! There’s plenty of green stuff that has survived perfectly well in Australia for thousands of years – if we looked to that (instead of what’s survived in merry rainy england) we’d be a lot better off.

sepi sepi 1:18 pm 13 Sep 07

Lawns are not only for looks. Grass is a tough plant that copes with being walked on.

The arid parts of America with green gardens have basically stolen water from rivers elsewhere and piped it in.

Thumper Thumper 1:15 pm 13 Sep 07

Dubai has the best lawns in the world.

Quite incredible really…

Ralph Ralph 1:13 pm 13 Sep 07

Arid parts of America seem to do ok with green lawns.

hingo hingo 10:46 am 13 Sep 07

Cement lawns with cactus plants bourke?

Thumper Thumper 10:45 am 13 Sep 07

Or build a new dam….

Which we will need anyway with all the proposed development.

bourke bourke 10:38 am 13 Sep 07

Lush green lawns in Australia were a silly idea to start with, and now even more so. We silly Aussies need to change our ideas of what looks pretty to something that has a vague chance of surviving in our climate.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 9:45 am 13 Sep 07

I dumped a couple of tons of good quality topsoil and a couple of trailerloads of horse manure onto my front lawn early last autumn, giving me over 5 inches of good soil. There’s clay underneath, but it means whenever it rains the soil layer captures and holds heaps of water, which seems to last for a couple of weeks at least. Also, I cut the grass at the longest possible setting on the mower, meaning the plants themselves can store more water. If we could water lawns once per week (even if just by hand), I reckon I could have a moderately green lawn for most of summer. Of course, whenever it rained (reasonable fall) I wouldn’t need to water for a week or more anyway.

sepi sepi 8:26 am 13 Sep 07

There’s always a negative if you look hard enough

Ralph Ralph 8:20 am 13 Sep 07

This announcement will come as a grave disappointment to a number of people on here (you know who you are) who were hoping that the dams would near empty this summer; as proof of global wooming, and as standing in the shower with buckets would lead us to repent our supposed profligate water use.

Thumper Thumper 7:54 am 13 Sep 07

Yeah, once a week would be fine for my back lawn, which stays pretty green no matter what.

Alas, my front lawn is no longer and has been largely replaced by pine chip.

JC JC 2:30 am 13 Sep 07

Yeah why not. Lawns, grass what ever has a place and seeing all the dead horrid places around is not a nice sight. I think that the drought has woken us up to waste, but it is an evil we really need to have, so the planners should be planning for it rather than calling to ban or charge yet more for it.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 7:59 pm 12 Sep 07

We don’t have lawns at our place – just vast expanses of grass (a nice mix of paspalum, rye, couch, bindi’s, dandilions and the occasional native poa. The kids love to play on it though, so this is great news.

sepi sepi 6:23 pm 12 Sep 07

I would welcome the chance to water the lawn once in a while (I doubt I’d get to it once a week.) Mine has good bits and bad bits, depending on what is in the shade or downhill. I’d just water the bits that are marginal.

But – I’m more interested in are we going to be allowed to use sprinkler systems once a week?

Cos I have one and it is so annoying not to be able to turn it on, and I don’t want to pay thousands to have it turned into drippers.

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