Earlier I had planted Anemone Corms white and purple. Most of them are flowering now. ( wish I had put in 100s. )
I have scattered packets of seed and planted out a punnet of Nemiesia and more arctotis. I have pushed in some cuttings as well. It is all still looking a little bare but I hope the plants will spread and the seeds will come up in the spaces.
Elsewhere in the garden my Rata bush ( Metrosideros carminea ) is just out. I like it best before any of the flowers have had time to fall.( It is a relation of the NZ pohutukawa )
A sloping area beside the main vegetable garden that leads up to the service area ( with compost bins, incinerator and garden shed ) has been a problem for a while. It got kikuya and weeds ( undesirable ). We had had 2 tries at getting it established in proper lawn neither worked very well so this time R put in a new wooden edging ( cost NZ $150 ) and levelled the soil ( 3 cubic metres needed cost NZ $135 ). We thought we might lay ready lawn but the quote was for NZ $1100 - WHAT?
So we got some quotes for hydroseeding it . Lawn Tech turned up very promptly - almost before we were ready ( 1 hour to spare ) - (but before the last load of top soil got time for birds to drop any weed seeds on it )
This is the process - you may have seen them using it on slopes at new road works to stop the cuttings slipping ).
Paul the owner operator mixing the seed into the tank with the slurry. ( it is made of recycled paper like phone books and something like wallpaper glue )
The finished area. Cost NZ $115. ( we had done the preparation well so he could just walk in an spray it straight on which was a big saving. ) Certainly less expensive then ready lawn. I will show a photo when it starts to grow which should be in 10 to 14 days.
If you are establishing new lawn the Lawn Tech web site has good care and establishment tips.