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.
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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.
November 3rd, 2017 | by chilli
Most Aussies love their backyards and take great pleasure in keeping their lawns green and healthy. When you have kids or pets however, you also need to keep your lawns and backyards safe for them, as well as keeping it all looking stylish and well maintained.
After all, when you have family and friends over for a weekend BBQ, you don’t want bare patches of lawn and dead bushes to be on display. So to help you have the perfect backyard, here are our top 10 tips for keeping your gardens looking good, whilst at the same time being a haven for all members of your family.
- Choose the right turf: The best turf for a garden that gets lots of use, particularly if you have a few dogs, will be determined by your location. So if you constantly have bare spots, you can either try using patch seeds or talk to your local turf company about replacing your turf with a type that is hardier and longer lasting.
- Choose the right plants: With young children and pets, you need to be careful with the types of plants in your garden. In particular, you need to avoid Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), Liliums, Wandering Jew, Madagascar Jasmin, Oleanders, Daffodil and Tulip bulbs, Toadstools, and Tomato plants, as these are all toxic to either dog or cats.
- Pet business: Dogs often use the garden as their toilet, especially if they don’t go for a daily walk. So for everyone’s health, you need to always be vigilant and make sure that you keep the lawns and garden beds clear of faeces at all times.
- Avoid toxic chemicals: Many fertilizers and herbicides are very toxic, so always read the accompanying paperwork thoroughly before buying and using these type of preparations. Talking to your turf supplier is a good idea, because they can recommend the best fertilizers for your lawns to keep them healthy and green all year round and safe for your kids and pets.
- Aerate the soil: Pets and children can cause tracks to form in your lawn and bald patches to appear, due to constant use that compacts the soil and prevents the grass from growing. If you have noticed this occurring in your lawn, make sure to aerate the soil to reduce the compaction (using s garden fork or commercial aerator) and top dress in spring for a lush, green summer lawn.
- Consider garden fences: Many homes have more than one lawn at the rear of the house separated by garden beds. In this case, you might find that it’s a good idea to fence off one of these laws from the dogs, so that you keep one lawn absolutely perfect, whilst the dogs can run around to their heart’s content on the other lawn.
- Cover compost: Compost can be full of pathogens, particularly if it is mouldy. If you have a compost barrel aerator, then you should have no problems, but an open compost heap in the garden can be a health hazard to both children and dogs. Always keep it covered and if possible, buy a barrel composter to keep everyone safe from infections.
- Don’t forget shady spots: Everyone need some serious shade in the summer, but it’s also necessary for most of the year in Australia. So make sure that you install some large shady trees or big bushes in your garden for your dogs to lie down for a nap and get some well-deserved relief from the direct sun.
- Taking care with sandpits: Many parents love the idea of a sandpit for their young children, but if you have dogs or cats then it can turn into a pet’s toilet. Even the neighbour’s cats will jump over the fence to take advantage of your sandpit, so by all means have one installed for your kids, but make sure that it has a cover that can’t be circumvented by dogs and cats.
- Water deeply: To keep your lawns green and healthy they will need to be watered deeply, but not more often than once a week. Short, shallow and frequent watering will lead to shallow roots and a lack of nutrients, resulting in poor quality and unhealthy grass. So encourage deep roots with deep watering and enjoy lush grass all year round.
For quality turf on the Sunshine Coast, call us on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.
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.
September 13th, 2017 | by chilli
Ready to break a World Record? We are!
To celebrate the glorious start to spring, the Australia Lawn Fanatics group will attempt to break a world record at an event on Sunday 17th September for all turf and landscape lovers, which will raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council and Empower Golf charities.
For those of you who don’t know, Australian Lawn Fanatics are an Australian lawn improvement group, based on social media, that’s an open forum for all grass lovers. It’s full of amazing tips and advice from people who, for lack of a better word, are lawn fanatics. You can find the group on Facebook here.
The event will take place at the Go Turf farm, 434 Mekins Road, Beerburrum. It will start at around 9am and run through until 1pm.
Proceeds from the day will go directly to both the Queensland Cancer Council; and Empower golf, a charity that facilitates and promotes golf for less abled Australians, enhancing physical/mental health and allowing social interaction without barriers. As such a worthwhile causes, Go Turf is happy to be able to support the day and we hope that everyone is able to attend and enjoy the festivities.
There’s going to be a sausage sizzle, a jumping castle, and plenty activities for the kids, as well as loads of turf related information, raffles, and giveaways. Sponsors for the day include GoTurf, who are providing a lawn large enough to mow, Seasol, Lawn Pride, Toro Mowers and more.
The highlight of the day will be the attempt at breaking a world record for the most push mowers being used together, which everyone able will be invited to participate in. Bring your push mower and be part of the Guinness Book of Records!
This truly Australian event will be stand out for all involved, so be sure to bring the whole family along, and don’t forget your push mower!
If you want more information on the event, activities or how you can be involved, get in touch with Australian Lawn Fanatics through their Facebook page, or you can give the team at Go Turf a call on 1300 781 175.
Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast who pride themselves on supplying developers, builders, landscapers, home owners and other turf producers with high quality and amazing value grass suited for South East Queensland conditions.
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 17th, 2017 | by chilli
We all know the story… Despite wanting a luscious backyard, ready for weekend BBQ’s and entertaining, life gets ahead of us and the yard starts to, well, show the neglect. Having a green and inviting lawn doesn’t need to be a difficult or time-consuming task. We know that between kids, work and other household chores, you’re busy, so we thought we would share some tips on maintaining your lawn with minimal time and effort.
Watering doesn’t have to take hours, and it doesn’t have to be every day. You have two options here. Those wanting to save time and avoid the task of watering altogether could opt for an automatic watering system. This tactic has the cost of buying a system and the effort of installing (or having someone install it for you) but then you can sit back and know your lawn will take care of itself. On the other hand, and a cheaper option is spending a bit of time watering your lawn, around 2.5cm evenly across the lawn and only when necessary. By only watering your lawn when the blades are starting to curl or yellow, and you know there’s no rain on the horizon, you will encourage a stronger and deeper root system, which ensures your lawn consistently becomes more drought tolerant.
Mowing less often is actually good for your lawn as it reduces the stress on your turf. Your grass will be in a dormant phase during the cooler months and won’t grow as quickly as in the warmer months, and having longer grass can protect your grass from things such as frost. Even in the hot summer months, leaving your grass a little longer can protect your soil from the sun’s rays and dehydration. The key is only to mow when you absolutely need to and never cut off more than a third of the grass leaf.
While fertilising isn’t an everyday task, it should be done at least 2-4 times a year, specifically at the start of each growing phase. The high-quality nutrients of a fertiliser with bioactive bacteria solutions for soil conditioning, such as the GoTurf Pro Seaweed Solution, will keep your lawn looking lush all year-round.
At Go Turf, turf is our life and we strive to deliver the best quality turf and fertilising solutions to our customers. For more tips on caring for your yard and turf or how you can improve 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.