July 26th, 2018 | by chilli
Many of us know the pain of having allergies, and there’s a certain time of year when everything gets even sneezier and itchy; spring! That time of year when everything is flowering, the rain shifts all the dust and pollen in the air and you have that constantly stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, and non-stop sneezing attacks? Yeah, spring.
If you are a fellow hay fever and allergy sufferer, fear not, there is a turf made just for you; Palmetto Buffalo. A lot of families opt for a low allergy lawn so that both themselves and their children can enjoy their time in the backyard without ramifications of allergies. This is especially true for children who are constantly playing and rolling around in the backyard, it would be a shame for them to miss out on such pleasures because of a sneeze attack!
A low allergy turf solution
Research from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Queensland and HAL Richmond, NSW data have shown that Palmetto® Buffalo turf has 40% less seed than the average of other popular Buffalo types. Is it this seed, which is so common on cooler region turf types, which put large amounts of pollen in the air, especially when it comes to mowing and maintaining your yard.
The benefit of Palmetto Buffalo is it’s softer edge when compared to other Buffalo types, which means less skin irritation for children and pets. While you might not notice the microscopic shape of these grass blades, they can made a huge difference to allergies and skin irritation. Check out the image below for an example of allergenic verse non-allergenic grass blades.
Another benefit for not just the allergy-inclined, but for everyone, is that Palmetto Buffalo turf can be left a lot longer without mowing. So not only does that make it more suitable for those with allergies, but also those who are too busy to be consistently maintaining their lawns. What’s better than that?
Want some advice on the best lawn for your yard and needs? Give the team at Go Turf a call. As the largest turf supplier on the Sunshine Coast, we understand your needs and offer a complete solution for transforming your yard. Call us today for a free quote on a wide variety of high-quality turf, cut daily on our farm.
July 17th, 2018 | by chilli
Mark and Sue Irwin spent 12 months building their perfect home, but by the time they finished, they didn’t have money left over for the lawn. So, they entered our Go Turf ‘Turf Wars 2’ competition and were lucky enough to win!
Check out the video below and see what they have to say about the team at Go Turf and their brand new Empire Zoysia lawn!
July 17th, 2018 | by chilli
It’s something that’s easily neglected, especially during the cooler months, but keeping your mower blades sharp will have a huge impact on your lawn. Dull and worn out blades will rip and pull your grass, leaving frayed and damaged lawn. We have spoken before about how to maintain your mower, but we thought we would delve deeper and highlight the importance of keeping your mowers blades sharp and ready. Using the few simple steps we have included below, you can have your mowers blades in top condition and a cleaner cut (mowing stripes, anyone?) and better quality lawn all year round.
First and Foremost: Make sure that before you begin working on your mower you remove the spark plug! Any motor rotation during the operation could start the engine, which can be very dangerous for you and anyone around you.
Step one: Remove the blade
To start with you will need to loosen and remove the bolt that holds the blade in place. If your mower is older or a little rusty, you may need to apply some lubricant and wait a few minutes until it’s loose enough to remove.
Before you remove the blade, it pays to mark it somehow (spray paint or a marker will suffice) so that you know the correct way to reinstall it. If it’s not put back on the correct way, it won’t cut!
Step two: Check the blade
Once you have removed the blade from the mower, it’s time to check for any rust or excessive wear. See if you need to sharpen the blade or even replace it. Any minor rust on the blade can be remedied using steel wool and a little elbow grease. It pays to have a spare mower blade in your garage or shed so that you can alternate between the two or just have a replacement on hand if necessary.
Step three: Sharpen the mower blade
While angle grinders are much faster at sharpening mower blades, they allow you must less control and carry the risk of damaging the blade by overheating it. We think one of the best ways to sharpen your mower blades is by hand with a hand file, which gives you must more control over your work. As always when working with any sharp objects, take the utmost care and use protective clothing if possible.
Step four: Make sure the blade is balanced
After sharpening your blades, you’ll need to make sure that both sides of the blades are balanced. This can be done by tacking a nail to the wall and handing the blade from its centre point. If the blade is dipping to one side, you’ll need to file more off that edge on the non-cutting side. Repeat this process until the blade sits equally balanced.
Step five: Reinstall blade on your mower
Using the mark you made earlier, put the blade back into your mower and fasten the bolt into place. You need to make sure the bolt is firmly tightened as a loose blade will affect the engines timing and therefore the mowers ability to start when it comes time to mow your lawn.
Your mower blade should be checked every 6 months or so to make sure it’s in good working (and mowing) order. If not, your grass will pay the price! If you are ready to take your lawn to the next level, call Go Turf, the largest turf supplier on the Sunshine Coast and your local turf experts.
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.
February 14th, 2018 | by chilli
When caring for your lawn, it’s important to care for your tools too. It’s a good idea to give your lawn mower a basic service each year, as maintaining your mower’s tip-top condition can significantly increase its lifespan and improve the condition of your turf too.
One of the biggest issues to avoid? An oil soaked air filter!
In a mower’s lifetime, it can often be difficult to avoid tipping it over to one side (or completely upside down) when carrying out routine maintenance. That’s why it is important to follow a few basic rules to ensure your lawn mower remains in good condition.
Fresh Cut Lawns and A Dash of Oil
Most current model lawn mowers are built with four-stroke engines, meaning that you add oil to a sump, rather than adding oil to the fuel. As if the case with most of your backyard mechanical tools, oil will need to be replaced each year. Oil removal kits are readily available at all good hardware stores; therefore, you get complete your own DIY maintenance in no time and with ease.
Generally speaking, if you do need to tip your mower up for maintenance, it’s typically best to do so with the spark-plug-side facing up to lessen the chance of fuel getting into the cylinder or air filter. As an extra precaution, it is recommended to loosen the spark plug lead to avoid the possibility of the mower starting. Try to limit the amount you need to tip-up the lawn mower so you can comfortably work on/clean the underside without spilling any oil.
Keep Your Mower Moving with Ease
While you’ve got your mower tipped up, take advantage of this opportunity to also change the air filter. This allows the engine on your lawn mower to breathe properly. You could also replace the spark plug and check, sharpen, or replace the mower’s blades. Regular lawn mower maintenance will keep your mower at peak performance (and ensure your grass is well cared for too).
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. You can also explore our range of Turf Tips too.
January 8th, 2018 | by chilli
Aeration is one of the basic needs of a lovely lush lawn, 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 (particularly if you park your car on the lawn) and the grass starts to thin and eventually you end up with bare patches along the line of traffic.
Compacted soil prevents roots growing properly, but soils that are heavy with clay or lawns that have more than one or two centimetres of thatch also need regular aeration to keep them healthy. If your lawn has bare patchy spots anywhere, it’s best to aerate the soil and if you notice water pooling after a solid rainfall, then once again, you need to aerate your lawn.
Benefits of aerating your lawn
Aerating your lawn has four clear benefits. First, it reduces the compaction of the soil, allowing the grass roots to grow deeper into the ground, making it more resilient to the hot dry summers. Second, it helps to reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn, which generally helps to protect the grass roots from too much sun or from becoming too wet or too dry.
The problem is that too much thatch can form a barrier over the roots and soil, causing the water to simply run off. Aeration helps to remove this thatch and lets the water infiltrate the soil more easily. Third, aerating the soil allows your fertilizers to enter the soil and reach the roots and last, removing the overgrowth of thatch, allows the remaining thatch to be naturally broken down, releasing nutrients into the soil.
Best ways to aerate your lawn
The two best times of the year to aerate your lawns are in the spring and autumn. In the spring, aeration helps your lawns to grow lush, because it receives sufficient water and fertilizers, and in the autumn, it helps to strengthen the root system for the winter season.
Essentially, aeration involves punching pencil like holes5cm down in the lawn and into the soil, rocking the fork back and forth each time to loosen the soil. This can easily be achieved with a garden fork, but it is time consuming, and takes a lot of energy if the soil is really compacted. If you have a large lawn it’s not something you really want to do on your day off!
For larger lawns or if using a garden fork seems like too much work, there is always the option of hiring a spiked lawn roller that is just like a lawn roller but with spikes to penetrate the soil. You will need to partly fill the roller with water to add sufficient weight so that the spikes penetrate the soil and then push it over your lawn repeatedly, to aerate the soil.
The last option, if you have really large lawns is to hire someone to do it for you with a ride on aerator and there are plenty of people who specialise in this type of lawn maintenance. You can also hire one of these aerators yourself – if you think that your weekend won’t be complete without whizzing around on a ride on aerator!
Finally, once your lawn has been aerated, you need to top dress it with washed river sand and a good fertilizer, raking them into the lawn and following up with a good watering. Now that you know how to aerate your lawn, it’s a good idea to repeat it every year in the spring or autumn to ensure that your lawn stays lush and green all year round.
For the best turf in Queensland, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.
November 15th, 2017 | by chilli
You have to admit that when you see a large expanse of healthy, lush green turf that has been striped, you start thinking of ways to achieve it in your own backyard. Striped turf looks so precise, so well-maintained and just so right that you would love to do the same to your lawn.
A striped lawn is created by the light being reflected off the grass blades, because when the blades are bent backwards they look dark and when bent forwards they look lighter. You can only achieve this effect with cool season grasses that grow from seed, not warm season grasses that grow via rhizome activity.
Cool season grasses include tall or fine fescue, bent grass, perennial ryegrass and bluegrass and are also known as bunch type grasses or C3 grasses. So if you have a cool season grass and would like to create an awesome striped lawn, here are the steps you need to follow.
Buy the right tools
To stripe your lawn you will need a striping kit for your mower, which you can buy from a good lawnmower shop or even online. They generally cost around $100 or less and are a cylinder that attaches to the front of your mower to create professional football quality stipes on your lawn while you mow.
Design and create your stripes
Most stripes simply go lengthways on the lawn, but you can create whatever type of design you want. For example a curved lawn looks fabulous with a long curved stripe that follows the outline of the lawn while a rectangular lawn will look best with straight up and down stripes. You could also become quite creative and try diagonal stripes or even a checkerboard pattern for added interest and a chance to show off your expertise!
So once you have attached your striping kit to the mower and if you have chosen straight up and down stripes, you will need to pick a point about 3 meters in front of you or way off in the distance if you have a large lawn. The key to a perfect striped lawn is straight lines, so even if they are curved, the lines must all match and be parallel.
If you make a mistake, go over the line to make the correction or your whole design will look skewed. So try and find a straight edge to follow (garden edging or a driveway) and looking ahead, mow a straight line from one end of the lawn to the other. When you come to the end of the lawn, make sure to lift the blades as you turn the mower or else your stripes will look all wobbly at the ends and make your turns off the lawn if possible (on a path or driveway).
Mow back along the side of the line that you have just mowed making sure to keep straight and parallel. If you want to create a checkerboard pattern then simply re-mow in exactly the same way, but at 90 degrees to the original stripes. Other options include mowing lines that are diagonal or at 90 degrees to your house, or even in line with your house or driveway. There are an endless supply of different options, limited only by your imagination. You could even try to recreate one of the crop circles in your backyard!
Keep your lawn healthy
For your stripes to look their best you need to maintain your lawn with a good fertilizer and sufficient deep watering to keep it lush and green. A healthy lawn looks spectacular with stripes and will really demonstrate your expertise to all of the neighbours. Remember to not cut the grass to low however, because you will have less blade to reflect the light, so a high cut is more suitable than a low cut.
For quality and affordable turf on the Sunshine Coast, call Go Turf on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.