What do you think?

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John J

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What do you think?
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:24:53 AM »
The following photo was taken outside one of the houses in a complex being built by contractors for sale as, mainly, holiday homes. Any comments?
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 10:47:33 AM »
Looks like the work of Spodoptera littoralis.
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Fermi

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 12:35:14 PM »
A very poor attempt at an outdoor chessboard?
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John J

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 04:27:05 PM »
You may well be correct, Oron, but personally I think it looks more like the work of Gardna pseudoexperta. Even if it were a good idea to create a lawn under the circumstances the way it has been carried out is very amateurish. The quality of the turf looks to be poor and no-one who knew what they were doing would  lay it out in the checkerboard design as pointed out by Fermi. It would not have taken a lot of imagination to create a far more attractive area using drought tolerant planting that would have required less water to maintain.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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JTh

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2015, 07:41:18 PM »
I hope the contractors' building skills are better than their attempt at gardening, what a waste!
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Fermi

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2015, 08:19:27 AM »
...Gardna pseudoexperta....
;D ;D ;D
Most likely, John,
and as one of my friends liks to say "x" is an unknown quantity and a "spurt" is a drip under pressure!
If they are selling this as a holiday house they obviously have chosen to provide a "quick and easy" lawn regardless of how difficult it would be to maintain in the future and how much better it would've been to put in a xeric or low-water requirement garden of interesting plants,
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2015, 10:48:15 AM »
An architect here suggested that it would be a good idea to cover our very sloped plot with lawn, and be so much cheaper than re-terracing it. He wasn't best pleased when, having realised he was serious, I told him he had a lot to learn about gardening.

He did manage to persuade our poor neighbours, novice gardeners who installed a (fortunately) small area of lawn complete with automatic watering system. It was on the north side of the house so I suppose it stood a chance. He neglected, however, to tell them how very often it would need cutting. It lasted a year or two, I think.
An amateur and a complete novice in mediterranean stuff, attempting to establish a garden in Andros, Cyclades, Greece. We're about 45m above sea level. Steep learning curve? Vertical straight line.