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Which grass for year-round greenery?

Don’t get us wrong; we love our great big state, our unique climate and obviously our Queensland lifestyle.

What we don’t like is that our weather can reduce all but the best grasses to brown wisps within days of it being laid. Between tropical and sub-topical summers and cool, crisp winter nights, the fact most of us live on the coast where the Pacific swells fling up salt to further stress our lawns and our gardens, it’s no wonder many grasses declare defeat and die!

Oasis Lawns enhancing Coral Cove’s streetscape

Talk with Alex Dodds and he will tell you, hands down, that he (and neighbour Ian) have the best lawns in the street!

But it’s no glib boast. Although Alex is a retired builder, he still has exacting standards.

And his most recent lawn triumph was not his first.

“We originally discovered Sir Walter buffalo grass when we lived in Calliope and had planted our 12-acre property from sprigs,” says Alex.

When Alex and his wife Kay retired and moved to Coral Cove the yard, he says, was in a terrible state.

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The grass is always greener?

How a great lawn enhances curb appeal and adds value to your property

What is curb appeal and why does it matter?

It turns out that we take around three seconds or less to form our first impressions of people, and it seems the same might be true of houses.

We don’t need to go inside or study the finer details – just that first glance and we’ve already made up our mind.

When people buy a house some people decide within 20 seconds if this is going to be the one. The biggest purchase of our life decided in less time than it probably took for you to decide to read this article.

But why are first impressions actually important?

Taking care of your lawn through autumn and into winter

Grass lulls us into a false sense of security. The lush green carpet spread across our yard, an ordered spread of beauty.

But each of those blades is a little plant that needs care just like any other and, whilst our wonderful Queensland weather is great for days at the beach or enjoying the great outdoors, our plants and, yes, our lawns may not agree.

So what can you do to keep your lawn looking its best through the cooler seasons?

New study confirms greening health benefits

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people in two Philadelphia neighbourhoods who wore heart rate monitors when they went for walks saw a reduction in heart rate when they walked by a lot that underwent “greening” – cleaning, debris removal and planting grass and trees.

“The reduction we found suggests a biological link between urban blight reduction strategies like vacant lot greening and reductions in stress,” said Dr. Eugenia South, the lead author of the study.

This isn’t the first time Dr. South and the university has conducted research on the positive effects of green spaces. An earlier study found that people living near vacant land that had been “greened” felt safer than those who lived near non-greened sites.

Could you be better off with grass grown to suit the Queensland climate? Click here for more lawn preparation and installation tips, or phone Oasis Lawns on 1800 061 023 for free lawn care advice, measure and quote.

For more information on the study visit the Project Evergreen site http://projectevergreen.org/the-value-of-green-spaces-continues-to-rise/.

Source Turf Australia

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