This is a pictorial of how my garden was transformed over the past 2 weeks. It is like Cinderella redressing from her shabby maid's attire to a glittering gown befitting a princess. Well, my garden is not that luxurious but is a lot more pleasing to the eyes now. Besides the work done by Alex and his boys (they are quiet and hardworking Myanmarese workers) I too spent many hours repotting my plants in new soil, pruning the shrubs and reorganizing where to arrange them. This is to minimize weeds spreading from the pots to the new grass. My dear wife helped whenever she can, and always with face flannels to wipe away my sweat and cold drinks to chill my body. Here are the transformation process in chronological order.
BEFORE CALLING THE EXPERT
Above pictures showed brown and dried grass which was previously treated with weedkillers.
KILLING THE WEEDS
The green is not grass but weeds which have grown in the one month since I applied the Round Up on my own.
The nursery gave a stronger cocktail of mixed weedkillers to knock out all the weeds.
A WEEK LATER - WEED AND SOIL REMOVAL
The process of digging and bagging the dead weeds and top soil by 2 workers took 2 full days. It was a very laborious process.
Waste soil are taken away for disposal at authorized dump site. The garden is now clean.
NEXT, SAND APPLICATION
River sand is applied over the clean garden soil immediately after it is retreated with another round of weedkillers to make sure no remnant weed roots or tubers are dormant in the buried soil.
A lorry load of freshly cut cow grass turfings from a sod farm in Mantin nearby.
PREPARING TO TURF
It is good that shower came at dawn that compacted the sand making it denser and less porous which is perfect to lay the turfs on top.
Laying of turfs on a cool Sunday morning. The laid turfs are compacted to even the surfaces as well as create better contact with the sand.
MY GARDEN, VERSION 2.0
Finally the completed new garden which now requires daily watering to help the rooting process. The garden may be stepped on but no heavy activities like playing basketball or running for at least a month.