September 27th, 2018 | by chilli
Looking for garden care advice on how to fix your patchy and thinning lawn? Luckily for you, we have all of the lawn care and Turf Tips you need to have your garden looking lush and green all year around. Symptoms of a patchy and thinning lawn are easy to remedy. In our latest blog, we show you just how easy it is!
Often found at the edge of paving, decks or in front of the letterbox or clothes-lines, bare patches of lawn are a sorry sight. Bare patches are typically a result of excessing wearing from high foot traffic areas and general backyard use.
Repairing the area with a patching product or lawn seed is often an easy fix. Long term, you may want to consider adding stepping stones to your garden or a small pathway through the lawn if the area is used regularly.
SYMPTOM:Thin areas around garden beds and fence lines
Your grass can often be temperamental! One thing for sure is that a lack of sunshine from overshadowing gardens or high fences can result in lawn thinning. To resolve this symptom, there are a number of measures you can take, including:
- Pruning back your garden to reduce shade.
- Repair and replant the area with a more shade tolerant lawn variety.
- Consider a landscaping solution. Convert the area to a garden, plant a shade-loving groundcover or just mulch it.
SYMPTOM: Patchy grass where your puppy plays…
Have you recently brought home your new furry friend, but noticed a significant change in your garden? It may sound strange, but dog urine can drastically change your grass (patch-by-patch). Female dog urine can have a burning effect on the grass; whereas, male dog urine can act as a concentrated fertiliser, promoting excessive growth. To counteract this, try watering the area heavily as soon as you notice the damage, or you can look into PH balancing lawn care products to help too.
SYMPTOM:Thin grass all over
If you have tried everything else to bring your grass back to its once lush appearance, and are still have dry grass, then the damage is likely a combination of seasonal extremes and neglect. Adopting a regular lawn care routine should help remedy your thinning turf, but this must be maintained long-term for lasting results.
Aeration is one of the basic needs of a lovely lush lawn too, along with a good fertiliser and regular mowing. It’s often quite easy to see when your lawn needs to be aerated, because the soil becomes compacted along high traffic areas. This is particularly common if you park your car on the lawn and the grass starts to thin; leaving you with bare patches along the line of traffic. You can read one of our latest blogs on how to aerate your lawn back to life, here.
Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast. We pride ourselves on supplying developers, builders, landscapers, home-owners and other turf producers with high quality and amazing value grass suited for South East Queensland conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact our team with any of your lawn care questions.
April 11th, 2018 | by chilli
Our customers are always asking which type of grass best suits the South East Queensland climate, and generally (with the exception of some very shady areas), the answer is Empire Zoysia. Why, you ask? Good question. As the largest supplier of Empire Zoysia Let’s take a look at all the characteristics which make Zoysia the best turf choice.
It’s E.Z (in more ways than one)
Empire Zoysia is often referred to by its nickname, E.Z. Not only due to its abbreviated name but because Zoysia is just so easy (E.Z, get it?) to look after! From watering to mowing and just general maintenance, you won’t find a grass that asks less of you.
It’s water wise
Thanks to its wide leaf and deep root systems, Empire Zoysia is great for areas or lawns that don’t get a lot of water. It’s drought tolerant, so it can retain water and stay healthier than most other turf varieties. An extremely water efficient lawn… Who doesn’t want that?
It’s perfect for coastal areas
Thanks to Empire Zoysia’s high salt tolerance and hardwearing nature, it’s perfect for coastal area conditions, including sandy or clay soil areas. It also thrives in the heat and can tolerate cold frosty conditions better than its turf counterparts.
It’s disease & pest tolerant
Diseases and pests are no match for the hardy (yet soft) Empire Zoysia variety. This is especially true for those pesky lawn grubs which can wreak havoc on other types of grass. Even better? Zoysia is great at out-competing weeds. Once well established, its dense growth makes it much harder for weeds to establish, and even when they do, Zoysia will out-grow them.
Did we mention the mowing?!
I know we mentioned this earlier, but it definitely warrants its own point; Empire Zoysia has been proven to require only one third the mowing of other varieties. Just let that sink in… Imagine only having to mow nearly 70% less often? It’s the dream!
It keeps its winter colour
What’s better than snuggling under a blanket with a hot drink and a movie during winter? Knowing that while you’re enjoying your winter solace, your lawn isn’t turning brown and dying due to the cold conditions. Not only does Zoysia recover well from foot traffic and other ailments, it can tolerate cold conditions and keeps its luscious deep green colour throughout the winter months! Honestly, is there nothing this turf can’t do?!
All in all; Zoysia is the turf of the people. If you would rather spend your weekends socialising, spending time with family or playing golf, basically anything other than weeding and mowing; then Empire Zoysia is your you!
We are the biggest (and best) supplier of Empire Zoysia turf on the Sunshine Coast. So whether you need a lot or just a little. Let the friendly, local team at Go Turf help. Call us on 1300 781 175 or send us an enquiry for a free quote. We offer delivery and installation services or you can pick up your new turf directly from our farm in Beerburrum, we make it as easy as possible for our customers.
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March 26th, 2018 | by chilli
Nothing beats the feeling of soft, spongey grass under your feet in your own backyard. Not only is grass the perfect choice for your backyard, but it has a powerhouse of environmental benefits too. A turfed backyard can help reduce air-conditioning costs by naturally cooling our homes, and provide a fantastic space for kids to play and adults to relax.
Similar to trees, lawns remove carbon dioxide from the air and create massive quantities of fresh, clean oxygen for us to breathe. Because of the expanse of our lawns, grass can have a phenomenal effect – removing more carbon from our polluted city air than all our trees and shrubs combined! That’s why maintaining your perfect, lush lawns is one of the greatest environmental actions we can take to reducing our household carbon footprint.
Our soils, lawns and gardens play are a vital component of our inner-city eco-system. Without them, so many wonderful aspects of our natural landscapes would disappear. The environments that surround our metropolitan hubs are increasing growing to include more trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, lawns, lakes, creeks, parks and ovals. These eco-systems will in turn thrive, attracting natural wildlife like birds and insect.
Lawns feed our entire eco-system more than anything else around us. Our lawns are vital for our very survival within cities and suburban areas. That is why choosing turf and maintaining it, is very important to us at Go Turf. With such a wide variety of turfs to choose from how do you know which one is best suited for your situation? When you are ready to have the perfect backyard, look no further than our high-quality fertilising product range. We offer a wide variety of turf and fertiliser products to keep your gardens look beautiful and green (and inhabitable too).
March 13th, 2018 | by chilli
Aussies love their lawns, but sometimes they become patchy and sometimes they become quite thin as well. Your main problem is identifying the cause of the problem and once you have done this, the solution is often very simple. So, let’s look at some of the common causes of patchy or thinning grass and how to can fix these problems at home.
Bare patches in high traffic areas
Clearly these bare patches are due to the soil being compressed by too much foot or vehicle traffic and tend to occur in popular walkways across the grass or when cars are parked on the lawn. They can also be seen along the edges of decks, patios and paths, as well as around the clothesline and particularly where the postie rides to your post box.
You can of course, fix these patches with lawn seed, after aerating to reduce the compression of the soil, but if you don’t reduce the traffic in these spots, you will have to keep doing this on a regular basis. The long-term solution is to add some stylish stepping stones or a real concrete or gravel path to the areas that are patchy due to high pedestrian traffic and a driveway or new parking slab for cars.
Bare patches around garden beds or fence lines
Along the fence lines these bare patches can be due to your dog racing around like a banshee and barking at everyone who goes past! They can however, be due to a lack of direct sunlight caused by overhanging plants or because sunlight is obstructed by tall fences. A lack of light can also cause the grass to thin in these same areas, so you might have a combination of patchy and thinning grass.
The solution depends on the cause of the problem, so you might have to stop your dog using the fence line as a racing track and trim any overhead branches that restrict sunlight. Changing the height of the fence is usually not an option, so adding shade loving plants to your garden beds might be the best solution.
Random bare patches in your lawn
Generally, there are two causes for random patchy areas in your lawn. It’s either dog urine or lawn grubs. If you don’t have a dog then it’s likely to be lawn grubs! You know that you have lawn grubs if you have brown patches in a lovely healthy lawn and you can easily lift the grass because it no longer has any roots (they were eaten by the grubs), but you should also easily see the grubs about an inch or so under the top of the soil. If you can’t see any lawn grubs and you have a dog, then that’s likely your culprit.
If the cause is grubs, your local nursery will sell you something that will get rid of them and if it’s dog urine, hose the area down as soon as you spot the problem and following every urine event. Long term, you might have to keep your dogs away from the lawns if the patches are too much of a problem, but lawn seed will help in the short term.
Thin grass over most of the lawn
If you have noticed that your grass is growing a lot thinner than normal, then it might be due to too much shade. Too many large trees and bushes can easily shade a small lawn, causing the grass to grow too thinly, but it can also be caused by a lack of sufficient water and a lack of fertilizer.
The real solution for thinning grass is to either lop branches if they are the problem or to aerate your lawns, water them regularly and add a good fertilizer to increase healthy growth. You can also add some new lawn seed, which with the additional watering and fertilizer, should soon give you a lush lawn once again.
For information on our turf, installation and delivery, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.
February 21st, 2018 | by chilli
Your turf, much like the other plants within your garden, behaves and grows differently across each of the four seasons. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to best look after your lawn across summer, autumn, winter and spring. We’ve put together a brief list of simple habits and tricks to help your lawn flourish and looking fresh all year round.
Australian summers are hot! That means summer can often be a difficult time to keep your grass looking green and lush. While you can’t control the weather, you can make sure your lawn is well set up to survive these trying conditions.
- Fertilise your lawn regularly during the cooler days (below 30 degrees Celsius) with a slow release fertiliser. This will promote grown of your lawn and minimise burning.
- Become more water-wise, as your turf can quickly dry out during extreme conditions. Be sure to water early in the mornings before the day’s heat kicks in, allowing your grass time to soak up all of that liquid. Watering late in an evening may promote fungal growth with overnight humidity. So try to avoid this where possible!
- Grass growth typically slows during the warmer months. So you can raise the height of the mower blades to leave the grass longer, providing shade and natural cooling to the roots and soil.
- Unfortunately, weeds thrive in summer. But be sure to take care using lawn weeding products. Many products suggest avoiding use in hot weather. Read the label to make sure it’s suitable for your lawn.
Autumn is a gardener’s favourite time of year, as the weather starts to cool down and new growth continues to come through strong. Autumn is the perfect time to correct any damage done in Summer and start preparing for the colder months ahead.
- A simple tip for fertilising your lawn: If you only feed your lawn once a year, do it in Spring. However, if you fertilise twice a year, it’s best to do this during Spring and Autumn. Feeding in Autumn will help keep your lawn nice and green as the weather begins to cool down, and also make it stronger and better able to resist damage from extreme cold.
- Watering is often overlooked in Autumn, a misconception of the cooler climate. That means it’s very easy for your turf to dry out. Be sure to make the most of watering and any rain that comes your way!
- You needn’t worry about mowing your lawn as often during Autumn, as growth slows. This time of year, your lawn is storing energy for Winter However, cleaning up your garden by removing leaves and weeds will help maximise sunlight during those cooler days.
Did you know that lawns typically hibernate through winter? That means the maintenance demands of your garden are very low during the seasonal cold snap!
- Because of the low demands of your lawn in winter, fertilising is not generally recommended, especially if you have already fed it during Autumn and Spring. There is little point in feeding because growth has slowed and the lawn will not take up nutrients.
- Although winter means cold, rain and moisture, it can also spell out dry temperatures for most of Queensland. Keep an eye on the moisture levels by feeling deep into the thatch. A simple feel test here should be sufficient. In winter it’s best to water in the morning.
- Mowing during Queensland winters will only need to be done two or three times across the whole season (once a month may be best), because of the lawn’s slowed growth.
- One of the lucky qualities about winter is that while your lawn in hibernating, those pesky weeds lie dormant too. But there are a few to watch for (i.e. bindii and broadleaf weeds).
After a long hibernation, your lawn looking a bit worse for wear leading into spring. Browning is typical, as is thinning. This will often result in any already bare patches looking much worse. But you can help your lawn find it’s groove again with a good feed and some love and care.
- Rake vigorously to not only clear fallen leaves and twigs but more importantly; to strip out dead and brown grass (“thatch”) to allow more light through to new shoots.
- Spring is the time to fertilise! This is the critical time of year to give your lawn a good feed (all be it balanced, and slowly released). The nutrients within the fertiliser will help reinvigorate the lawn so it can power into summer once again.
- Something to be careful of is overwatering in summer. The soil hasn’t warmed and nights may still be cool. Test what level of watering your lawn needs with a simple touch-test. If it’s damp, don’t water.
- Unfortunately, as your grass begins to spring back to life, so too do those pesky weeds. Be careful when feeding your lawn, as weeds will subsequently grow. Sparse areas of turf are the most likely to become weed zones; so make sure you’re taking care of your weeding too.
Now it’s time to start putting your new found times into practice, and watch your grass remain greener and fuller all year round. Learn how to water your lawn to become more drought tolerant. Fertilising is important, and choosing the right type of turf fertiliser is the first step.
October 20th, 2017 | by chilli
Thatch is a natural accumulation of dead grass that is broken down over time by microbes in the soil. The problem is that this can sometimes build up too fast for the natural organic processes to break it down. This is when dethatching your lawn is important, because if left for too long, it can form a barrier that prevents air and moisture to reach the grass.
You should generally think about dethatching your lawn when the thatch has reached a depth of about 1.5cm, but it’s only really beneficial for warm season grasses, such as Buffalo, Couch, Zoysia or Kikuyu that have rhizomes and can recover quickly from the stress of dethatching.
Cold season grasses that don’t have rhizomes, can often recover from dethatching when a manual rake is used, but can be scalped and may never recover if other methods, such as low mowing, lawn coring, and verti-mowing are used instead.
Using a rake for dethatching: If your thatch is around 1cm deep and your lawn is not too large, you might find that you can get away with using a long-tined rake to remove the thatch. This is the least harmful way to dethatch a lawn and you can purchase special rakes that have long tines designed specifically to remove thatch from lawns.
Low cut mowing: As its name implies, low cut mowing is when you mow the lawn at a very low height, much lower than normal. With this method, you are aiming to mow the grass so low that you actually remove the thatch. You might achieve this in one mow or you might need to follow up with additional mows, lowering the height of the blades each time. This method is really slow going and hard work, producing a lot of waste matter that needs to be taken to the tip.
Lawn coring: For this method, you need to hire a lawn coring machine that punches out plugs or cores of soil, thatch, and grass as you move it across the lawn. The result is a lawn covered in hundreds of little holes and is generally used to aerate the soil, but has a side effect of removing some thatch as well. If your soil needs to be aerated and dethatched, lawn coring might be suitable, but with a heavily thatched lawn, it might be best to use one of the other methods. Lawn coring can be another method used for dethatching cool season grasses without rhizomes because they also benefit from aeration as well.
Verti-mowing: This is actually, the best method for dethatching your lawn for two good reasons. The first is that it is less labour intensive than the other methods, which is always good! The second reason is that it just does the job more effectively than the other methods. Vertimowing involves using a machine that removes the thatch and the grass, leaving the lawn to regenerate from the rhizomes. As you can imagine, a lawn without rhizome growth would simply die if this method was used for dethatching. Another point is that verti-mowing produces a lot of waste, even more than low cut mowing. Most people hire in the experts at this point as it creates a lot of dust in the air and most home-owners are happy to leave this job to someone else!
For quality turf, supplies and installation, call us on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.
August 24th, 2017 | by chilli
A lot of us spend a considerable about of time caring for and watering our plants. While the majority of the time, the sun is a great friend to our plant life, it can also dry out your plants and soil through evaporation. As a way to combat this issue and keep your plants and soil moist for longer, we use mulch.
What is mulch?
Mulch is an organic matter that’s spread over your garden beds and surrounding plants in order to protect your plant life and soil and well as support healthy growth in your garden.
The best mulches are generally organic and can come from a variety of garden and food by-products, which we will cover below.
Mulching has many benefits, including:
- Reducing the water loss from your soil through evaporation
- Weed prevention of up to 50-70%
- Controlling soil erosion
- Reducing need for chemical sprays
- Increases biological activity in soil, e.g. worms and good bacteria
- Improves plant health
- Improves the appearance of your garden
What to use
- Compost material is highly beneficial for your garden’s plants and soil. Generally, the older the better as broken down compost has a higher level of nutrients.
- Old wood chips, such as pine or eucalyptus. The wood chips will need to be old, as fresh woodchips can strip your soil of nitrogen.
- Dry leaves, lawn clippings or plant material (twigs and thin branches can be shredded using a lawn mower)
- Straw and hay.
When it comes to mulch, bigger is better. Coarse mulches are proven to be much more effective at allowing water to pass through the mulch and into the soil, whereas finer mulches tend to absorb a substantial amount of water themselves, reducing the amount available for the soil. Generally speaking, mulch material should be at least 5mm in size for the best results.
BYO is best
Using a compost bin and making your own high-nutrient mulch requires little effort from you, but saves a lot of energy cost from transportation as well as money to buy pre-made mulch from a store. Allow the mulch to mature for a few weeks before applying it to your plants
Prepare your soil for mulching
For the best results from your mulching efforts, ensure the area your garden area is free from weeds and wet the soil prior to laying your mulch down. Apply your mulch to a depth of around 75mm and avoid mulching right up to tree trunks or plant stems as the mulch can cause rotting or burn the plants.
Mulching is an effective way to improve the health and moisture or your soil and plants, creating a luscious and appealing garden for your yard. Mulching is accessible to us all (with a little effort), and it not only saves water, and therefore saves us money. But it’s a great excuse to get out in the yard and into the sunshine. For more tips on how to care for your yard and turf or improving the look and feel of your backyard, visit the Go Turf website or find us on Facebook here.
August 7th, 2017 | by chilli
Having a lush green lawn is basically the Australian dream. With weekend BBQ’s, kids’ parties and that feeling of walking around barefoot in the grass, the benefits of have a beautiful green lawn might seem endless, and it’s because they are. To show you what we mean, below are even more reasons why turf is the best choice for you home.
It’s good for the environment
Turf improves water quality. Water that’s filtered through grass is said to be at least 10 times less acidic than run off from hard surfaces, improving the quality of the water. Research also found that 232 of turf absorbs enough carbon dioxide (CO2) and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year. This added oxygen in the air is beneficial to our health, as well as the plants and animals around us. It also works to offset emissions in the air such as from our car and buildings around us.
It reduces noise
Grass absorbs sound is reported to reduce roadside noise by up to 40%. This means a grass front and backyard can reduce noise from the street and from the neighbours, making your home even quieter and relaxing after a long day at work.
It’s good for your mental health
Green spaces and clean air are noted to alleviate stress, induce relaxation and creativity, and just improve your mood. Backyards and always a welcome retreat after a busy day, and when you have a lush green lawn to sink your feet into, it produces a soothing and calm reaction from your body.
It cools your house & protects from fire
The average front lawn has a cooling effect equal to two air conditioners. This one is especially relevant for our hot Australian summers. Healthy turf is cooler than any alternative in the hot sun. It’s 30 degrees cooler than cement or pavers and 14 degrees cooler than straight soil. Turf acts as a fire break, which reduces the risk of fires starting or spreading around your house, property or neighbourhood.
It’s perfect for kids
There’s nothing better for kids than running around and playing on the beautiful soft grass together. Not only that, but grass offers children a much safer environment for running, rolling and tripping over. As mentioned in an earlier point, grass is also much more gentle on children with allergies such as asthma as there is fewer pollutants and dust in the air. Having a safe and green backyard for your children, or grandchildren, to explore has shown to improve their creativity and confidence with growing up.
You’ll breathe easier
Having turf around your home improves air quality. It filters out the minuscule particles of dirt and dust that float around in the air, as well as trapping smoke and other air pollutants that might be present. These particles and pollutants can lead to irritated eyes, allergies and breathing difficulties, especially in children. Research has shown that grass traps around 12 million tonnes of dust each year. As an added benefit, a turf yard means less dust on the windows, the roof and the floors around your home.
Not sure which grass to buy?
Turf is an important part of the iconic Australian backyard, and it can last a lifetime, so it pays to do your homework when choosing a turf that’s right for your soil conditions, your location and your needs.
At Go Turf, are the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast, supply high-quality turf to developers, builders, landscapers, home owners and other turf producers across the region. Contact our team today for all your turf requirements or any questions you have.
July 19th, 2017 | by chilli
Fertilising isn’t just for avid gardeners; it should be done by everyone with a garden, lawn or plants in order to keep them healthy and thriving. In Queensland’s climate, we have the opportunity to grow a wide variety of species in our yards. However, non-native plants, as well as turf often need a little extra help in order to get the nutrients they need and fend off pests and diseases.
Luckily, with the right products, it’s easy to supplement your garden with the right nutrients that will keep your turf, plants and garden beds looking luscious and healthy all year around.
Regularly fertilising your lawn helps to:
- Keep your plants and turf in optimal condition
- Promote the lawn to take healthy deep roots
- Equip your lawn to deal with stress such as seasonal changes,
- Maintain your lawn through winter
- Prevent the spread of weeds
The benefits of fertilising don’t just stop at your greenery; it also improves your lawn’s water retention. This means your grass and plants effectively absorb more water and therefore need less watering, which saves you time and money.
The best way to care for your lawn? Watering deeply less often and fertilise in small amounts more often. This way, your lawn won’t have large deposits of chemical fertiliser running off into waterways. Fertilising every two months or so will guarantee strong roots, consistent growth and a lovely and full green colour. It’s also important to ‘water-in’ your lawn when fertilising, this is what assists the lawn in absorbing the nutrients the fertiliser provides.
As the largest independent turf grower on the Sunshine Coast, we know how to nurture your lawn the right way, keeping your turf looking lush and green all year around. Our new fertiliser range, GoTurf Pro, is the fertiliser we developed for growing the turf on our farm. It has bioactive ingredients specifically tailored to condition your lawn and has a proven track record throughout Australia.