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Turf laying in North Canberra

By Watson - 16 May 2013 23

I am finally preparing to move into our brand new house in the Gungahlin area. One of the things I want to tackle straight away after I move in is the backyard. I have a dog and I want grass in there asap. Because of a combination of having to organise the move, not being able to take time off from work at that time of the year and a dodgy back, I want to outsource the whole soil preparation and turf laying process.

So, recommendations? Do you know anyone who can manage the whole process (and doesn’t charge excessively of course)? Or will I be better off organising the delivery of the soil and the turf and then just find any old landscaper to prepare the soil and lay the turf? The negative will be that there is not much space between the house and the side fence. Barely enough for a wheelbarrow. The positive is that it is tiny though. Less than 50m2.

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Turf laying in North Canberra
Holden Caulfield 1:12 pm 17 May 13

Watson said :

Would be quite a bit more expensive if you go through Canturf compared to a landscaper as you cannot get the turf at wholesale prices like they do, I realised. Same with soil, I assume.

With the amount of lawn you require it’s relatively small margins we’re talking though. But margins nonetheless.

Watson 12:29 pm 17 May 13

I_P said :

mp2615 said :

One of my friends had her front yard turfed by a guy she found on here. 30 sq m. Mow and behold. No trouble and looks great 6 months on

Do you mind sharing the details of this person? I am looking to returf too.

Watson – I have been told by a couple of landscapers and Canturf that August is the earliest to get lawn laid as it is warmer which allows the lawn to establish better. When I spoke to Canturf they said they also lay the turf for a fee (I think it was $3/m2 ish) but they won’t prepare the ground before hand ie add top soil etc.

Would be quite a bit more expensive if you go through Canturf compared to a landscaper as you cannot get the turf at wholesale prices like they do, I realised. Same with soil, I assume.

Ex Warrior 12:21 pm 17 May 13

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I_P 11:05 am 17 May 13

mp2615 said :

One of my friends had her front yard turfed by a guy she found on here. 30 sq m. Mow and behold. No trouble and looks great 6 months on

Do you mind sharing the details of this person? I am looking to returf too.

Watson – I have been told by a couple of landscapers and Canturf that August is the earliest to get lawn laid as it is warmer which allows the lawn to establish better. When I spoke to Canturf they said they also lay the turf for a fee (I think it was $3/m2 ish) but they won’t prepare the ground before hand ie add top soil etc.

Watson 10:12 am 17 May 13

mp2615 said :

One of my friends had her front yard turfed by a guy she found on here. 30 sq m. Mow and behold. No trouble and looks great 6 months on

Saw him mentioned in another post. Might call him too and see what he says about the timing. Thanks.

Watson 10:11 am 17 May 13

JC said :

Hangon a second. You are moving to a new house in Gungahlin and you have room to lay turf. Common your pulling the piss aren’t you?

My backyard is 9×5 ish.

Watson 10:10 am 17 May 13

JimCharles said :

Watson said :

But he told me that you cannot lay turf from now until the end of July. Bugger!

Don’t know why that is? You want it cool and damp, a little frost won’t hurt it but frozen ground in July might.

The ground never really freezes here though, does it? Not more than a cm or so for a few hours occasionaly anyway, I would’ve thought.

I know nothing about lawn or turf, so I just took the landscaper’s word for it. He says he has a couple of jobs to finish and then waits until the end of July. He sounded good though. Offered to come look at the yard once the retaining walls are done.

mp2615 10:34 pm 16 May 13

One of my friends had her front yard turfed by a guy she found on here. 30 sq m. Mow and behold. No trouble and looks great 6 months on

JimCharles 6:38 pm 16 May 13

Watson said :

But he told me that you cannot lay turf from now until the end of July. Bugger!

Don’t know why that is? You want it cool and damp, a little frost won’t hurt it but frozen ground in July might.

JC 5:59 pm 16 May 13

Hangon a second. You are moving to a new house in Gungahlin and you have room to lay turf. Common your pulling the piss aren’t you?

Zan 5:19 pm 16 May 13

Watson said :

Holden Caulfield said :

…I don’t ask friends for help unless as a last resort….

What are friends for???

Watson 4:09 pm 16 May 13

Holden Caulfield said :

DIY FTW.

Accepting your claim that you’re unable to do it yourself, can you ask someone nice, family or friend, to do it for you? A small portion like that shouldn’t take too long.

I am happy to pay someone to do it for me. I don’t have any family here and I don’t ask friends for help unless as a last resort.

And from the figure the landscaper mentioned to me, because they get the turf wholesale, it would barely cost me more to get someone to lay it compared to ordering the turf myself!

Watson 4:00 pm 16 May 13

I called them but they only supply turf and didn’t offer to get me some contacts.

I did talk to one landscaper though who would order the turf at wholesale price, so it would be relatively cheap. But he told me that you cannot lay turf from now until the end of July. Bugger!

Holden Caulfield 3:48 pm 16 May 13

DIY FTW.

Accepting your claim that you’re unable to do it yourself, can you ask someone nice, family or friend, to do it for you? A small portion like that shouldn’t take too long.

dpm 3:41 pm 16 May 13

I reckon these people may have a list:
http://www.canturf.com.au/contact/index.html

“Less than 50m2.” Wow, welcome to the back yard of the future! Should be cheap and low maintenance though! 🙂

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