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lawn version 1 0 a look into one mans search for a better garden
LAWN VERSION 1.0A look into one mans search for a better garden

Mark Gibbs, Head of Primary Care

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LAWN VERSION 1.0A look into one mans search for a better garden

Mark Gibbs, Head of Primary Care & Amateur Garden Developer

the requirement
The Requirement
  • I recently moved house into a house that was previously owned by a recluse, the whole house needed updating, it was like something from the past, if you compared it to a computer system it was like using a text based system that doesn’t use Windows functionality
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The Requirement

I recently moved house into a house that was previously owned by a recluse, the whole house needed updating, it was like something from the past, if you compared it to a computer system it was like using a text based system that doesn’t use Windows functionality, builders sorted out the outside

work needed
Work Needed
  • But the exterior was my domain, the front garden was easy, if expensive
step 1 establish requirements
Step 1 – Establish Requirements

However for the back Garden I needed to work out what was required to fit my needs

There were a few options

choice of product
Choice of Product
  • Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass
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Choice of Product

Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass

This is my Garden and as there was a position of choice I decided not to go with this standard offering, I preferred a living Grass Lawn

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Choice of Product

Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass

This is my Garden and as there was a position of choice I decided not to go with this standard offering, I preferred a living Grass Lawn

The next choice was the type of grass I wanted, this came down to 3 basic choices;

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Choice of Product

Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass

This is my Garden and as there was a position of choice I decided not to go with this standard offering, I preferred a living Grass Lawn

The next choice was the type of grass I wanted, this came down to 3 basic choices;

Artificial Grass (Astroturf) was put forward as a Vision of the future, this was sold as resilient and maintenance free, but it did not have the look and feel of real grass "It's like a toupee for your lawn," says Bruce Butterfield, research director of the National Gardening Association

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Choice of Product

Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass

This is my Garden and as there was a position of choice I decided not to go with this standard offering, I preferred a living Grass Lawn

The next choice was the type of grass I wanted, this came down to 3 basic choices;

Artificial Grass (Astroturf) was put forward as a Vision of the future, this was sold as resilient and maintenance free, but it did not have the look and feel of real grass "It's like a toupee for your lawn," says Bruce Butterfield, research director of the National Gardening Association

The common Rye Grass (supplied by Economic Managed Installation Services) that a majority of gardens have installed, this was easy to maintain and as long as you didn’t look too closely was green and at least a consistency of grass. This was recommended as an alternative to Total Pavement Protection by the builders as it was easy to install and they offered to install it for me, however I felt this was an inferior product and not consistent with the fine offering I wanted.

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Choice of Product

Our builders offered their standard finish, Total Pavement Protection, they guaranteed no mowing ever and if painted green it could look like grass

This is my Garden and as there was a position of choice I decided not to go with this standard offering, I preferred a living Grass Lawn

The next choice was the type of grass I wanted, this came down to 3 basic choices;

Artificial Grass (Astroturf) was put forward as a Vision of the future, this was sold as resilient and maintenance free, but it did not have the look and feel of real grass "It's like a toupee for your lawn," says Bruce Butterfield, research director of the National Gardening Association

The common Rye Grass (supplied by Economic Managed Installation Services) that a majority of gardens have installed, this was easy to maintain and as long as you didn’t look too closely was green and at least a consistency of grass. This was recommended as an alternative to Total Pavement Protection by the builders as it was easy to install and they offered to install it for me, however I felt this was an inferior product and not consistent with the fine offering I wanted.

Fine Grass – harder to maintain, but a superior product that offered fine stalks with optimum functionality, it also offered Synergy with the environment and a Premiere result

product fits the size of the opportunity
Product fits the size of the opportunity
  • I needed to match the requirement with the size of the opportunity, to seed or to buy turf was the next choice
  • I started off with a brownfield site and needed some serious innovators to comply with the national programme for gardens
  • I asked advice of the User Group they said go with whatever Phil Brown decides! and decided to go with the more expensive option of turfing, for a better finish as this had been developed by experts.
  • Garden dev has no QoF points, although soon I might meet MH & Depression criteria
preparation
Preparation
  • My first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbour's motorized rotorvator. If your neighbour does not own a rotorvator, suggest that he buy one.
correct implementation
Correct Implementation
  • It was important that I installed it correctly 1st time to achieve what was required
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Correct Implementation
  • It was important that I installed it correctly 1st time to achieve what was required
  • However I had to continue to maintain customer communications
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Correct Implementation
  • It was important that I installed it correctly 1st time to achieve what was required
  • However I had to continue to maintain customer communications (notice the BlackBerry is still attached)
ensure the correct level of supervision is in place
Ensure The Correct Level Of Supervision is in place
  • Management is a hard job but someone has to do it
  • Mistress 1.1 might be used if Wife 5.0 continues like this
keep the implementation going to a conclusion
Keep the implementation going to a conclusion

For anyone confused it is a dog, not a sheep, pig or cloud on legs! You know who you are!

accept that it will not be perfect from day 1
Accept that it will not be perfect from Day 1
  • The initial implementation will have rough edges and will need care and attention
  • Bugs from the shrubs have to be defended about, this will have to come out of my hedgefund
improvements will be quickly seen with care and attention
Improvements will be quickly seen with care and attention

User group input helped although the IDC original input into the design said this should be round

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Identify Areas of Imperfection and apply ‘patches’ to rectify, also make sure scheduled maintenance is carried out
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Identify Areas of Imperfection and apply ‘patches’ to rectify, also make sure scheduled maintenance is carried out

It is worth putting your gbak into it!