With the tank now in place the yard was ready for the final instalment – turning the dust bowl into something green! With just a few weeks left before we headed back to Australia we had to move quickly to get the lawn established so decided that turf would need to be laid instead of growing it from seed.
During another trip to Ubon we visited a few garden centres on the Ubon-Trakarn road and it was at the second place that we found a company we felt comfortable with. They seemed interested and their prices were very good so everything was in place to make a start.
Unfortunately I ended up missing out on all the fun as another work trip to Laos suddenly came up. This time I did not have to go to the farm at Lax Sao but instead to the capital Vientiane to pick up a ute load of wood to transport to Nakon Nayok near Bangkok. What was meant to be a three day trip became five due to bureaucratic bollocks at the Laos border. Anyway, Seerung was left at home to organise everything and took the following photos.
This was the dust-bowl that I mentioned earlier.
The day I left for Laos we got the neighbours tractor in to even things up a bit and loosen up the top soil.
The garden centre boys arrived on time and got straight to work.
They put down some mulch first.
Then the turf was put into place.
Everything was then rolled into place.
The finished product!
I was very happy with the job they did when i got home a few days later. By the time we had left Thailand it seemed like it had taken hold really well so fingers crossed that when I next visit (only a few weeks away) that it is still thriving. From the time we pulled down my father in laws house until the turf was laid was two years. 18 months longer then we had planned but better late then never I suppose!