Preparing for Hydroseeding


Landscaping is one of those tasks that many put in the too hard basket when the reality is a lot of your properties value sits outdoors.

Before we got our dog we had a perfectly manicured white stone path, she quickly turned it into her play pit and put stones everywhere. Combine that with the patchy blend of lawn/weeds and ankle rolling pits caused by the earthquakes, we decided it’s time we paid some attention to this area of our property.

Family front yard

We got planning and included a garden renovation in the mix when mapping out what we needed to do. We were under time constraints with winter just around the corner so needed to get moving. we started by stepping out the process so we knew what we needed and when

The process of replacing your lawn

⁃ Spray the existing lawn

⁃ Remove the path

⁃ Remove the existing lawn and top layer of topsoil

⁃ Build garden edges

⁃ Put a new layer of topsoil down

⁃ Compact

⁃ Hydroseed

We were completely blind to how extensive this work will be so I’m glad we did our research to get the process right but if I’m being honest we touched base with Canterbury Lawns nice and early and they gave us advice along the way.

It’s important you do the planning before you rip into it so you don’t have any surprises like the price of topsoil and how much you’ll need. We worked out our rate of topsoil being 50mm across the lawn so need 3 cubic meters, there are some great tools online to get you this measurement.

Turf Cutter Kennards Hire

Going to Kennards Hire for all our hire equipment was the best decision. Their team helped us find what we needed and I’ve never received such incredible customer service (honestly they shocked me it was that good). We got straight to work with a turf cutter that thing is a bloody good work out!!!

Once all the turf was gone we built our new raised garden beds to box up the gardens and create a border for the lawn. This was pretty straight forward just make sure you get timber that can be underground and not rot. Our tool shout out here was the RYOBI 18V ONE+ Brushless Planting and Digging Tool, it saved us a lot of work with the digging the holes for the pegs. We also realised at this point that our lawn was completely unbalanced to the level of the house so a good opportunity to straighten that up.

Woman Raking Soil

The laying and compacting of the topsoil was the easy part, I unloaded it into a wheelbarrow and Mooch with her meticulous eye evened it out. Once we were all done here it was time to call in Canterbury Lawns and get their crew in with hydroseed. This is like the icing on the cake – literally!!! They sprayed a mix of brown top, fescue, and ryegrass onto the topsoil and it’s all done in about 10 minutes! Their team also provided us with an aftercare sheet which is so helpful because all the info we found online varied from the weather we have here. Keep an eye on our Instagram for progress.

Hydroseeding small section


Capturing Water With The Marley Twist®

Water diverter The Marley Twist®

Environmental concerns on our waterways and newly chlorinated town supply water in Christchurch have us thinking of ways to create our own sustainable hub that keep us healthy as well as provide efficiencies. Growing up on a Farm there were many common practices that have been tried and tested over the generations that urban growth has forgotten about.

When innovation combines with a process that isn’t all that new, it’s bound to not just improve but impress. I saw that Master Plumbers had released their product of the year at the NZ plumbing awards and it was the Twist®, I was already conjuring up ways to use this in our backyard. While yes, this is a sponsored post, I’ll tell you now that we were all set to buy one prior to the collaboration but our renovations got away on us.

Marley Twist

Get to know The Marley Twist®

A compact rainwater diverter that turns your downpipe into a free source of water. Quick connect any standard garden hose, “twist” to the on position and enjoy the benefits. Rather than letting rainwater flow away into the stormwater system, Twist can be used to divert rainwater to a storage tank for all the jobs around the house. We’ve been using ours for the below:

  • Fill Frankie’s water
  • Wash Frankie after her muddy runs at the park
  • Wash the lawn mower
  • Clean hands after gardening
  • Water for our goldfish

Marley Twist

The Marley Twist® is designed with aesthetic and function in mind. Designed to capture free rainwater and has been specifically designed and manufactured in New Zealand for New Zealand conditions. Water is our most precious natural resource, and a regular clean supply, whether in urban or rural areas, can no longer be taken for granted. Easily installed, you can put the Twist® onto existing downpipe/s to really maximise clean water capture. And when integrated as part of a Marley spouting and downpipe system they carry the same Marley 15 year guarantee.

Easy Install

We’ve put together a “how-to” video guide to installing The Marley Twist®, watch below:

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NB: This is a collaboration with Marley, all words are our own.

Dressing your bedroom for autumn

Our Autumn Bedroom

Autumn is generally associated with burnt hues of orange, colder days, the rain returning and snuggly throws starting to make an appearance again.

In the house of Mooch Style, we like to stay minimalist with our colour scheme and get creative with textures instead. Our bedroom is the first area of our little villa to have some autumn treatment with our new duvet. We couldn’t look past EziBuy home for this one as they have just released their new autumn homeware range and it’s impressive.

Autumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn Bedroom, Ezibuy homeware New ZealandDressing our plush wool rest bed up with their Macy pintuck duvet cover set was a comfort led decision. While we may not like the autumn look we still like to feel comforted and classy. 100% cotton and 250 thread count mean you’ll stay warm in the colder nights too. Subtle tones and a classic clean line design compliment the Pintuck Duvet design and gives you a perfect amount of depth for the autumn months ahead so you can just chill after work or in the weekends.

We’ve broken the white up with two black European stone washed linen cushions and the Ezibuy Ellis Pompom throw in charcoal (perfect around the house throw to have!)


Macy Pintuck Duvet  $140

Ellis Pompom Throw $50

When updating your look for autumn you can get creative like we have using the throw and pintuck textures meaning you have that autumn charm – without the orange.

Check out Ezibuy first!

Re-decorating your bedroom for autumn

I spend alot of time online: my job’s online I keep in touch with my family online and I come home and Mooch Style is online.

I find that I spend so much time looking at what other bloggers and people are doing with their houses that I have let my house game slip. The biggest trend that stands out to me this autumn is linen. Linen throws, linen pillowcases, and linen duvets – the more you can fit onto your bed the comfier those weekends at home missing summer is going to be. Georgia and I often have debates in stores about colour schemes, I like slate tones like grey and black and she is more on the earthy, neutral train.  I can see here that a bit of planning is needed because as we all know these things are not cheap! I started the journey today with 2 black worn look linen euro pillows (so i’m going to get my way haha).

Plan your autumn bedroom with me

Planning your bedroom before going in blind and waving around the credit card like a lightsaber is going to save a whole lot of money, time and relationships. I’ll take you through my inspiration board for our bedroom, I have expensive taste but will of course wait for a sale or two.

Bedroom Inspiration

I like to have a look at what other people are doing and where they shop of course, saving a few pictures to a folder on your desktop or folder on your phone is always a smart move so you know what works and where.

Re-decorating your bedroom for autumn
Re-decorating your bedroom for autumn

The Bed

There are so many variations of colours: Blue Greys, Purple Greys, Brown greys – so you need to nail this colour pallet! My advice would be to whip down to your local Bunnings or Mitre10 MEGA and get some Dulux colour swatches that compliment each other, with these you can take them into the store with you when choosing your bedding to make sure they work.
4 pillows minimum, 2 to match the duvet and 2 to match the sheets. European pillows are also great for adding a heap of volume to your bed. Citta design is AMAZING for all things bedroom, you will get lost in their stores dreaming of winning lotto and taking the store off their hands.

Once you have the duvet selected wether it be waffle or linen – you then choose the euro pillows, I like to contrast but some people like to match the duvet to the pillows.

A throw will tie the whole combo together, a big trend at the moment is woollen loose stitch or a loose weave linen in a contrasting colour.

I want to go with a grey linen duvet, white sheets, 2 white pillows, 2 grey pillows and 2 black stone wash euro pillows finished with a dark green woollen OR a black stone washed linen throw.

Re-decorating your bedroom for autumnThe furniture

Furniture is very personal, we all like different pieces and for different reasons, I recommend before spending hundreds you have a look through the up-cycle feed on pinterest or on our blog for our bedroom up-cycles, old cane furniture or mid century is easily given a new look and the best part is, is that no one will have the same piece.

If you want to go modern I recommend taking a look at Freedom furniture, their furniture is affordable and a step above the likes of the warehouse and Kmart.

Bedside tables can be made from anything: old suitcases, pallets, chairs, ladders – I could be here all day.

Our room is quite large but has minimal storage so we have up-cycled Georgias old brown scotch chest white to suit our vibe and picked up a really sturdy metal clothes hanger for my shirts, belts and shoes from Kmart which is perfect because I work in an office so have ALOT of shirts.

Georgia up-cycled an old Queen Anne drawer to be a shelf and put it under a round leather mirror from Kmart (so good) and beside this we have an up-cycled white ladder which we have magazines and throws hanging off – this is really wall to add some life to your space. Again keep in mind your colour scheme, we are staying consistent with White, Grey and Black

Artwork and accessories

I have a huge fan of Society 6 and Paper Plane Store for artwork, I have a friend that have Black Listed Denmark – it’s incredible (right) and I have The Mound II by Reuben Ireland (left).

Often people forget about prints and photography but I think it is one of the most important features about a bedroom, it sets the scene and provides atmosphere.  You can see here that you can have small prints positioned aesthetically on your side tables or you can have multiple sizes in no order at all (my favourite).

I plan on taking a trip to australia and hope to find some really cool pieces in Melbourne for my walls (let me know if you recommend anywhere!)

All rooms should have plants!  There is a very fine line between classic linen and boho, either way I don’t think you can over do plants and I don’t think there is any rules for how you display them and what type you get.  I have a fern the drapes over a copper geo holder (love it) I wish I had more but want to sort out my rooms style before I get more.

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Re-decorating your bedroom for autumnBelow are a few items that I have spotted during my travels and links to some really cool websites for inspo:
If you have a room on the go please get in touch!  I would love to hear your take on a seasonal room spruce up.













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