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!
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.
June 6th, 2018 | by chilli
Did you miss the Autumn lawn care rush? Not to worry, there’s still plenty of TLC you can do this winter to ensure you lawn stays as green and healthy as can be throughout the winter months. We are lucky on the sunshine coast to have mild winter, but while we are snuggled up inside, our lawns are braving neglect as well as the early morning frost. Here’s out tips for keeping your lawn lovely and luscious all through the cooler months.
Don’t stop watering
Just because the sun might not be beaming down on your lawn all day, doesn’t mean it your lawn won’t dry out. Make sure you lawn continues to get its weekly drink of water, of course taking into account any rainfall you have had. One mistake a lot of Aussies make is assuming that frost is a good as watering and that if the weather is cold you don’t need to worry, which is a mistake your green grass will pay for.
Take it easy on the fertiliser
In winter, your lawn is mostly dormant, so there’s no need to fertilise unless your lawn is in dire trouble. By late August, you can give your law a good dose of fertiliser, which will bring it back to life for the spring and summer seasons. We recommend the Go Turf Pro Spring Blend Lawn Fertiliser to feed, nourish and strengthen your lawn for up to 3 months. This quality fertiliser contains higher Nitrogen for effective spring growth.
Don’t let dropped leaves lie
If you have leaves dropping onto your lawn during the winter seasons, make sure you rake them up as they will block the vital (and limited) sun from reaching the grass underneath. This can hinder water, oxygen and necessary nutrients from being absorbed by the turf and cause the grass to become susceptible to disease, pests and brown spots.
Follow these tips and have a lawn that’s ready for action come spring and summer. Find your lawn is unsalvageable or don’t even have one? Give our friendly team at GoTurf a call on 1300 781 175 or enquire online today. We are a Turf Queensland accredited grower with the best selection of advanced grass varieties to cater for all your turfing needs. We pride ourselves on growing and delivering fantastic grass suited for South East Queensland conditions, at an economical price ensuring our clients receive nothing less than fuss free awesome service!
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.
January 24th, 2018 | by chilli
With all the renovation shows on TV, most Aussies understand that the curb appeal and landscaping of their home can significantly affect the value of their property. This means that when you have decided to put your home on the market, you need to take a long hard look at your home’s curb appeal and landscaping!
So if you want to make your property more appealing, more sellable and more valuable to buyers, check out our 5 easy landscaping tips that won’t cost a lot of money and can easily be completed in a weekend.
Revamp your turf
Whether you have a large expanse of lawn or just a small pocket size lawn, lush green turf is always a hit with buyers. Parents usually want an area of grass where the kids can play and kick a ball around, dog owners like a grassed area for their pets, and then there are buyers who just prefer a beautiful lawn instead of gravel or concrete.
Lawns with bald & patchy spots, thinning grass and weeds, doesn’t give buyers a very good first impression. So, you either need to repair your grass or dig it all up and replace it with brand new healthy turf. It’s a good idea to talk to your local nursery about repairing your lawn, but this takes time that you might not have available, so it might be best to lay new turf as this gives your home an instant lift.
Hide unsightly areas
A great idea to improve the curb appeal of your home is to screen the garbage bins, water tank, pool filter, clothes line and any other such areas from view. You might not have a problem with seeing the garbage bins as you pull into your drive, but this is all about turning your property into a buyer’s dream, so hiding these unsightly areas is a sensible idea.
You can use lattice screens, clumping bamboo or other large screening plants, all of which add depth and ambiance to your landscaping. A screen with jasmine or wisteria in flower is a beautiful way to make the most out of unsightly spots, hiding them from view and providing buyers with something beautiful to look at instead of the garbage bins!
Revamp garden beds
Over time some of your plants will start to look bedraggled, some may die and others need a serious pruning. Untidy garden beds with dead plants, flowers that are past their best and are full of weeds don’t look very inviting to buyers and in fact, give an air of neglect. You can easily fix this problem by adding a few new plants, removing the dead ones and pruning others, all in one weekend. Finish with a fresh layer of good quality mulch from the local timber yard or landscape supplier and your garden beds will look as good as new.
Add a shady spot
If your external areas lack a quiet shady spot for people to relax with family and friends, then a quick and inexpensive solution is to install a shade sail over the patio. Building a patio cover is most probably an expense you don’t want to consider at this stage, but a good size shade sail can be picked up for around $500 or less and will make all the difference to your buyers. Another tip is to add a shade sail to the driveway so that buyers can appreciate the additional parking.
Clean hard surfaces
Dirty driveways and paths can be a big turn off for buyers, so an easy fix is to spend the weekend water blasting all the external hard surfaces and giving the curb appeal of your home a big boost. If you don’t already own a high-pressure water blaster, you can hire them quite cheaply from your local hardware store.
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.
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.
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.