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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Before & After

My friend the lovely Smiley Nyree took me on an excursion the other day to a picket fence making factory in a neighbouring suburb. And we came back with a ute-load of sawdust. For free! I have been wondering for months and months what to do with those nasty weedy spots in my garden since embarking on the de-grassing project. I contemplated all different sorts of mulch and paving and hadn't gotten 'round to doing anything 'cos it all involved effort and money and research. But Smiley Nyree and local industry saved the day.

And now I feel like one of those recipients of Backyard Blitz or 30 Minute Makeover. But without all the crew and trucks and cameras and snotty hankies.







26 comments:

  1. Wow you have been busy!! It looks fantastic. Nothing like getting rid of those pesky weeds!!

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    1. You know Holli it surprisingly didn't take too long to do.

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  2. Oh my goodness, how good does that look......can you keep going back and topping it up to keep weeds under control ?
    Dosnt it make all your little sections look great!
    And your parsley looks even more impressive everywhere! Bet you are thrilled to bits...

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    1. Yes Suzanne I am rather chuffed. And we can keep going back to the factory to get more sawdust to top up - I think they have to get rid of it somehow otherwise so they are happy for people to take it. My friend reckons sawdust stays on her paths for quite a while.

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  3. A great way of recycling and it looks great.

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  4. I've wondered about using sawdust in a seating area...yours looks good. Have you anything under it to stop grass growing through or do you think the sawdust will do that by itself?

    Barb.

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    1. Hi Barb, I pulled up the weeds and laid some layers of wet newspaper. My friend doesn't use the newspaper and said the sawdust is great for stopping the weeds coming through.

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  5. What a great way of reusing the sawdust, and it looks great also.

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  6. Jamie Durie will be so-o-o-o jealous.

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  7. Looks great, was it treated timber?

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    1. I'm guessing not because the contact is from our local permaculture group. And I suppose they make the picket fences first and then treat them with paint or whatever.
      Hope not.

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  8. Wow that is amazeballs..totally diggin it..it looks so different..

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  9. Fantastic job Faith! Looks so neat and tidy. xxx

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  10. Looks great! We started our mulched pathways, with layers of newspaper under, only to find the weeds either grew through, or landed on top & grew in the muclh anyway. Sawdust is probably good at preventing that. However, I had lucerne bales (discounted ones from local stockfeed store, as they were not suitable for feed due to weather damage), that I was using around the potato patch. The mice loved that idea, esp. as the messy chooks conveniently scatter their feed all around the chook house floor, right next to the new penthouse the mice put in the lucerne bales. So, I removed some of the bales, and broke them into thick 'tiles' (they come apart easily) and have placed that over a big weedy area/ pathway. If it works, I will get some more and finish the area... though it does look like a puffy, patchwork quilt has been laid down!

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  11. wowsers, I bet that feels better!

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  12. Looks good. How long will it last?

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  13. Looks absolutely fab. I'm considering delawning too, hadn't thought of sawdust - great idea.

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  14. Looks great. I love your hammocks too.

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  15. we have sawdust paths everywhere here, they have lasted 12 months without topping up and do look great. The birds currently enjoy pecking into it and finding the bugs under the newspaper I laid down underneath it, this looks a litte messy. The downside is we have sawdust everywhere, especially inside, I had a huge truckload delivered for about $100. the kids played on it all last summer. I'm definately a fan.

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