Friday, December 3, 2010

Lawn in the making with new kpi

One fine afternoon Rusli came in a Hilux, heavily loaded with cow grass.  His two workers helped putting the cow grass all over the compound, except where ulam raja, roselle, banana, little papaya seedlings, lemon grass, karapole, lengkuas, lemon plants, limau kasturi and limau purut are growing. They know  without telling that the raised vegetable bed are not to be grassed. He brought in more cow grass as the guys were busy digging and putting the cow grass in place. It took them 3 afternoons to complete the job. Kakdah served them coffee, tea and cucur kodok on the first day.

It is called close turfing if the grass is planted closely with no gap in between. In our case, it is called spot turfing.
 a view of spot turfing

 a view of spot turfing
Kakdah told the workers to leave one wild grass in the compound.  That grass can reach up to the height of 6 feet with fancy flowers. It is never known to spread through roots, only through seeds. I suppose we can handle that wild grass safely.



another view of spot turfing

Within six months the whole compound should be totally green, and that is the kpi (key performance indicator) for the new little vegetable garden in Tanah Merah, Kelantan. Weather, nature, and the grass itself will surely come in to help us realising that dream..., a little effort to re-green the earth.


earlier post:
  1. Preparing the lawn Thursday, November 25, 2010

bangchik
tanah merah, kelantan Malaysia

21 comments:

  1. I've never seen a lawn laid by spot turfing before.. very interesting. Here the only two options are seeding or turfing.

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  2. I can't wait to see how your lawn looks once it grows. I do love the look of green grass between planting areas.

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  3. I'm glad they knew not to put turf in the vegetable garden!

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  4. matron....... we definitely cant do seeding during monsoon time. Spot is adequate I think since the cow grass can grow and spread quick in wet weather.

    Noelle....... yes, green sooth the eyes and it holds the soil together against monsoon rains.

    Appalachian Feet...... anyway i couple of sweet corns, peanuts, petola (angled luffa) and bitter gourd were just planted, obvious enough to deter them from getting in.

    ~bangchik
    taman kota harmoni,
    Tanah Merah, Kelantan

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  5. I can't wait to see the grass grow and make your lawn green...your progress is tremendous! You remind me of my husband years ago...once we'd decided to undertake a task he wanted to continue until completion!

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  6. You have many new vegetable growing in your new garden!
    Your lawn must look good in 6mths time!
    What grass is that? so huge!

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  7. My lawn was laid by rolling a carpet of carpet grass. Hope your garden flourishes. I prefer carpet grass instead of cow grass though.

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  8. Bangchik, Cow grass is an excellent choice. If I could go back in time, with the knowledge and experience now, I would have selected cow grass. New kpi? Sound corporate.

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  9. Dear Bangchik, You are making great progress in your new space. Well done. Pamela

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  10. Cow grass looks a bit coarse, you have to mow them at least one a month, carpet grass looks too refine for a vegetable garden, I prefer pearl grass, they grow horizontally not vertically. But whatever grass you have on your lawn, they definitely will be soothing to the eyes!

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  11. Did you first dig up the whole lawn space and remove the weeds? I too want to plant cow grass in my existing grass patch. The gardeners here say that all the old grass shd be removed first.

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  12. Theanne and Baron..... i suppose it is all about being very passionate and a glimpse of stubbornness.

    Malar..... i squeezed in some vegetables but honestly i wouldn't how far can they go making friends with monsoon rain. The grass is cow grass, the type you would see in football field. Cow grass has no "kemucut".

    Aaron.... cow grass helps soil breathe better...

    One..... cow grass is natural to low lying areas. The wetter the soil, the healthier the grass look, and then through mowing humus will build up...

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  13. Pam's English Garden ...... lawn is the essence of a garden, a platform that support real biodiversity.

    Rajesh... thanks for the visit.

    p3chandan..... pearl may look elegant, but cow grass has that rural look....

    lotusleaf.... i dont remove all the weeds, because its too time consuming. I will do weeding as time permits.

    Cheers,
    ~bangchik
    Tanah Merah.

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  14. So interesting to know Kakdah wants to keep that wild grass! Not only knowing the veggie, fruits and flowers well, but also the weeds!

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  15. milka...... i think Kakdah wants to put some height into the compound, since cow grass is too low to do any powerful aerial display.

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  16. Some of my neighbours use the spot turfing method too for their lawn. Actually the grass can grow quite quickly and soon it will be filled up. Kakdah has selected a special turf as the garden showpiece. I'm sure it will become like the ornamental grass with nice wavy flower stalks.

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  17. Autumn Belle........ yes, cow grass will grow quickly with monsoon rain. I am eager to mow now...... haha.

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  18. I've never heard of spot turfing before. It will be interesting to see it spread and fill the gaps.

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  19. Hi Bangchik, it looks like good soil. I look forward to seeing it grow and cover the gaps.cheers, catmint

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  20. Jo
    Catmint

    Cow grass spread well especially when the soil is wet and fertile. Monsoon time is just what's cow grass looking for.

    bangchik
    Tanah Merah, Kelantan
    Malaysia

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