Many open spaces are near sensitive waterways, wetlands or remnant vegetation. These site need to be protected But at the same time amenity for the community need to be provided. Councils and developers are highly mindful of the need to create and maintain open spaces in a sustainable way.
To achieve this outcome the turf needs to present a year round green cover under low water and nutrient conditions.
Village Green is ideal for these areas as it has a massive root system and thick rhizomes that can extract nutrients and water from the soil very efficiently. It is estimated that Village Green will maintain its color and cover with 25% less water compared to other warm season grasses.
Village Green – Perth Cultural Centre precinct
A lawn area of around 700 m2 of Village Green was planted by Lilydale Instant Lawn in October 2009 at the Melbourne Zoo’s Healesville Sanctuary. Horticulture staff at the Zoo have been amazed at the speed of establishment, the darkness of the leaf and tightness of the sward.
The staff commented “looks like tall fescue not kikuyu and the overall quality compared to the normal kikuyu we have installed over the last couple of years is amazing”. The staff are very satisfied with the inherent benefits of Village Green.
Green Lawn at Melbourne Zoo
“We sat down with ANCO turf and discussed our options,” Danny said. “Village Green was the solution we went for and we laid it down during April 2009.“
Even though the approach was against the standard methods of warm season turf establishment, with only rainfall to aid establishment, planting at the end of summer went ahead.
“Our approach was that if we had not tried to establish the oval with kikuyu then it would never had happened.“ Danny said. “But we knew that because of the lack of irrigation for establishment it was our only chance. And by March–April 2010 we had 100% cover.“
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