March 24th, 2020 | by chilli
With summer behind us, and Autumn well and truly here, it’s the best time of year to rejuvenate your lawn before winter comes knocking! Below are our final 5 Autumn lawn care tips to restore your turf and give it the best possible start while heading into the colder months. Want the rest of the tips? Check out part one of the series here for the rest!
Give your lawn a boost with fertiliser
In Autumn, it’s likely your soil will still be warm from the summer, keeping your grass in an active growth period. Because your grass is still growing, Autumn is the perfect time to fertilise with a nutrient-rich formula to encourage strong root growth (here’s why that is SO important, for a luscious green colour and a healthy boost throughout the cold winter months
If you’re looking for the perfect fertiliser for your lawn this Autumn, we have just the one. Our Autumn Blend Lawn Fertiliser gives lawns the support they need going into the cooler months, feeding and strengthening your turf and soil for up to 3 months. We developed and continue to use this blend on our turf farm, and it is the perfect addition to your lawn care routine.
You can shop our range of farm-developed fertilisers here on our website.
Water your lawn (only when it needs it)
Autumn can be deceivingly warm and dry, so although you’ll be watering less frequently than summer, you still need to keep an eye on the yard. Once you notice your lawn is wilting and losing its colour, it’s time to give it another soak.
As always, watering early in the morning is best, not only does your lawn have more time to soak in the water and strengthen its roots, but it has all day to dry out which reduces the chances of fungal problems arising.
We speak a lot more on the importance of a deep root system and how your watering frequency affects it here.
Address and repair any bare patches on your lawn
It’s no surprise that summer can wreak havoc on your lawn. Between family Christmas, excess kids, pets, heat and more; your lawn can look worse for wear. Post the festive period, Autumn is a great time to address any issues, patch up holes in your turf, repair bare patches and just give it a general once over. If you lay any turf patches to fill in holes, make sure you avoid walking on it and give it plenty of water until it can establish itself.
Let the sun shine on your lawn
With Autumn comes shorter days, overgrown trees and fallen leaves, all of which can reduce the amount of sunshine your lawn receives. To increase the chance of photosynthesis taking place on your lawn, be sure to rake up leaves, prune trees back and clear out branches that block a lot of light to your yard.
Lay new turf
Autumn is the best time to lay new turf. It’s warm enough to still actively grow, but not too hot. Laying turf in Autumn also means it has the entire winter season to establish and settle so that come spring it’s ready for action!
So, this Autumn, make sure you get outside and give your lawn some needed, after-summer, TLC and reap the rewards all year long!
February 24th, 2020 | by chilli
The harsh summer will soon be behind us, and Autumn is the best time of year to rejuvenate your lawn and give it a post-summer/pre-winter boost! Here are our Autumn lawn care tips to restore your turf and give it the best possible start while heading into the cooler months. We’ve got a lot of tips to cover, so we’ve broken it into two blogs, keep an eye out on our blog for part two!
Aerate the lawn
Summer often means heavy foot traffic, harsh sun and summer rain, all of which can lead to tough and compacted soil. Aerating your lawn will help to improve drainage, allow water to penetrate and moisturise the soil, improve draining and allow fertiliser to effectively absorb.
To aerate the lawn you can use a simple fork to penetrate the soil, aerating boots, or aerating/coring machine. You can read more about the benefits and tips for lawn aeration on this blog.
Don’t mow as often
A real positive for a lot of people (not us, we love mowing!) is that in Autumn, your lawn won’t grow as fast, so it doesn’t need mowing as often. On top of this, having a longer leaf on your grass will help it to absorb more sunlight, helping it stay healthy and green during the cooler months.
Mowing as little as every 3-4 weeks should be sufficient during Autumn and Winter. If your lawn is too short, it will struggle to stay healthy during the cool periods, though too long and weeds can establish which will cause more work for you later; it’s all about balance.
Test your lawn’s PH level
The PH level of your lawn can have a big impact on its quality and how well it copes during the winter months. A quick test (you can find a PH test in any garden supply store) will tell you if your lawn is too acidic. If it is, Lime is a great choice to bring the PH down to a more neutral level, resulting in better growing conditions for your lawn.
Get rid of pests and weeds
Autumn is the perfect time to get out in the garden and tackle some pesky tasks, such as weeds and bugs that are ruining your luscious lawn. Get a specific herbicide or weed weed product and treat the area. Here’s a few telltale signs you have pests causing havoc to your lawn:
- Brown spots in the grass
- Dead or dying grass patches
- Wilting grass blades
- Bite marks on grass
- Visible insects in the grass layer
- Holes in the soil
Once you identify the pest, you can find the right solution to fix it at your local outdoor store. In late Autumn, you should also spray the lawn for Bindii to ensure you don’t have a yard full of pesky prickles in spring.
So, get outside and get started in rejuvenating your lawn, and keep an eye on our website and Facebook for the rest of the tips! We are always available for any questions you have, so please don’t hesitate to call on 1300 781 175. We pride ourselves on expert advice for all our wonderful customers!
December 10th, 2019 | by chilli
Most people overwater their lawn. Watering weekly becomes a habit, whether or not your lawn needs it. However, what people don’t realise is that it can be detrimental to your lawn. Watering your lawn when it doesn’t need the water can have damaging effects on your lawn. Not only does it waste your time and valuable water, but causes turf to develop a shallow root system, can promote the growth of fungal diseases, and requires more mowing (and resulting pollution) than necessary.
One of the biggest contributors to overwater lawns? Water reticulation systems. While reticulation systems are a fantastic invention; who wouldn’t want to set and forget watering system for their yard? The problem is that even when your lawn doesn’t need water, the system will turn on anyway, which can result in a shallow root system which requires even more water to survive, therefore causing major distress during the hot summer season.
By only watering our lawn when it’s needed, we can save time, money, and have a beautiful lawn with a deep root system to better prepare it for the harsh summer period.
The best time to water your lawn? When your lawn shows you it needs to be watered! Simply check your lawn for signs of dehydration, such as lawn leaves beginning to wilt and slight discolouration; you know your lawn is ready for a drink. Once your lawn is ready, set the timer or get up and water your lawn the next morning, easy!
Why is creating a deep root system so important for your lawn?
I know I mentioned this above, but it’s so important that it needs mentioning again. Creating a deep root system in your lawn is vital for it to survive over the summer, especially if you take time away from home with the family, leaving your lawn to fend for itself. A deep root system makes your lawn more drought-tolerant, meaning it needs water less frequently to survive, because it goes deeper into the soil for its moisture. This is a real advantage come summer, when a short root system will quickly show distress and struggle to recuperate from a lack of water.
Don’t let your lawn suffer in summer due to getting too much water all year round. Shallow roots will simply cause your lawns topsoil to dry out quickly, suffer badly, and sometimes die. So, switch off the auto automatic timer and check your lawn to know when you should be watering your lawn – it will be sure to let you know.
Need more information on turf, what’s right for your lawn or how to improve your go turf lawn? Contact our friendly team today to talk all things turf types and lawn care!
October 9th, 2019 | by chilli
We all know how good it feels to walk barefoot on some green grass, but do you know it’s proven to be beneficial to your mental health? We have spoken about the benefits of turf for your health before, but with World Mental Health Day just around the corner on October 10th, we thought we would re-iterate just how good grass can be for you.
Studies have shown that the next generation is becoming “The Indoor Generation” and up to 90% of time is being spent indoors. With everyone cooped up inside, it’s no wonder depression, anxiety and other conditions are on the rise in society. Getting outside in nature can have more benefits than you realise. Not only does it promote physical activity, but it reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and even helps with muscle tension.
At Go Turf, we are proud advocates for getting outside in the fresh air, surrounded by greenery (Yes, we know how lucky we are). There are so many ways you can introduce a little more greenery into your life, and we promise you will reap the rewards almost instantly! How? Here are a few ideas to get your started:
- Walk to the local shops instead of driving
- Have a picnic with friends (or follow our tips to host your own backyard cinema night!)
- Exercise outdoors
- Plan a weekend camping trip
- Walk a dog (if you don’t have one, you could always volunteer at your local RSPCA for extra good vibes).
- Eat your lunch outside on the grass
- Re-vamp your backyard and create an everyday oasis for you and your family
- Find a local walking trail (there are amazing waterfalls and mountains everywhere on the Sunshine Coast)
One of our favourite things to do regularly? Mow the lawn! Research has shown that the chemicals released by grass when it’s mown positively affect how we feel. So not only is mowing the lawn give us happy, relaxed feelings; it’s fantastic physical exercise, great for the environment and gives you some serious curb appeal! What more could you want?
Don’t have a lawn? That’s something we can do for you! Give our team a call or enquire online, and we can help transform your yard into a lush, relaxing patch of good health! You would be surprised how much time you spend outside when your backyard is full of green, healthy turf.
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.
Image Source: Empire Turf
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.