• The Beginner’s Guide to Mulching for Healthy Plant Life

    August 24th, 2017 | by
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    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.

    Why mulch?

    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.

     

    Tips

    Mulch size

    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

  • Grass is greener: 6 Reasons to Choose Turf

    August 7th, 2017 | by
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    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.

  • Keep it Green: The Importance of Fertilising

    July 19th, 2017 | by
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    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.

    For more information on our GoTurf Pro range, or to order your fertiliser today, contact our friendly team on 1300 781 175 or send an enquiry through our website.

  • Should I Lay Turf in Winter?

    June 26th, 2017 | by
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    Whether you have just built a new house, are selling your property, or just want to spruce up your tired looking back yard, new grass has huge appeal and can transform an outdoor space. A lot of people are under the impression that you can’t lay grass during the cooler months, when in fact the opposite is true! Not only is laying grass in winter possible, but it actually has a lot of benefits.

    It needs less water

    Keeping the lawn well hydrated is essential while the new turf is being established. No matter the season, daily watering is important. However, in winter your lawn won’t dry out as quickly and the weather will often work in your favour, saving you time and money on your water bill.

    It has time to grow

    During winter it can take the grass longer to become established (approximately four weeks); however, these conditions provide the ideal time to prepare and lay your new grass. As foot traffic, furniture and family pets can all cause damage to your new lawn while it’s being established, it’s beneficial for the turf to be generally left alone. It’s recommended that during the first four to six weeks of your new grass being laid you refrain from mowing so that you don’t disrupt the grass taking root and settling.

    It will be ready in time for Summer

    By having your grass laid and established in winter, it has months to develop and mature its root system before a potentially harsh and hot summer season rolls around. In summer, your lawn will be looking it’s very best and ready for hours or outdoor fun and entertainment (who doesn’t love back yard cricket?!).

    While laying your lawn yourself is possible, it’s always advisable to seek professional help. Turf and lawn professionals have the knowledge to help you choose the most suitable grass variety for your climate and soil. They can look after every aspect of the project from preparing the soil and laying the new grass, to rolling, cleaning up and providing ongoing advice, so that your backyard can look lush and new. All you have to worry about is the BBQ for summer.

    Need turf? At GoTurf, we make the process easy! Call us today and be confident in the quality and service of your brand new, green lawn.

  • Maintaining your lawn during autumn

    April 18th, 2017 | by
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    Autumn is an interesting time of year for gardens, especially in Australia, where our autumn is can be quite warm. It is the best time to prepare your lawn for winter and sets the condition for the year ahead. Here are some techniques, tips and information regarding your lawn care this autumn.

    Mowing

    Like most things in life, prevention is better (and easier) than the cure, this is the same with your lawn. Autumn is a crucial time to keep on top of your lawn mowing.

    • Mowing regularly prevents weeds from seeding and spreading throughout your lawn. Mowing off the excess grass length alleviates the stress of on your lawn and encourages the lawn to become thicker as a result.
    • Each type of category of grass has a recommended length, which you should maintain for optimal lawn growth and health. So, make sure you understand the approximate height for your lawn. If in doubt, give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.
    • However, leaving your lawn a little longer for winter helps protect it against frost. If the ends are burnt or killed by frost, just take the affected top layer off when you mow next.

    Watering

    There are numerous factors that affect how often you’ll need to water your lawn, which includes your areas climate, lawn variety and its drought tolerance, your soil type etc. Regardless of those variables, here are some basic watering rules.

    • Less frequent, yet deeper soakings is the golden rule of watering. Just spraying your hose across your lawn for a couple minutes every second day will not benefit your lawn nearly as much as the once or twice a week deep soaks. Watering your lawn for a longer period of time allows the water to drain through the soil profile to the deepest level. Once the water reaches the deeper level, the roots seek it out, which develops a strong root system.
    • Best time to water = early morning. This is because less water is lost through evaporation.
    • Simple hydration test. To figure out whether your lawn is getting enough water, just grab a screwdriver and push it into your lawn. Be careful not to hit any pipes (obviously). However, the easier the screwdriver goes in/how far it can go in will indicate the soil hydration. The further/easier it goes in the more hydrated your lawn is. If it is really hydrated, don’t bother watering for a while as over watering is bad for your lawn and your finances.

    Fertilising

    Fertilising is the third ingredient for the perfect autumn lawn. This is the step that can make the biggest difference to your lawn. Due to the south-east Queensland climate (which doesn’t get too cold unlike some other parts of Australia), we are able to fertilise in autumn and winter. At GoTurf, we care about the condition of your lawn all year round. So we have developed a fertiliser specifically to care for your lawn during autumn and leading into winter.

    Autumnblend for autumn care

    We have noticed lawns tend to suffer in Winter if they aren’t fertilised in autumn. Autumn really sets a garden up for winter, it’s the time to lay the groundwork so your garden survives through Winter.

    GoTurf has developed a fertiliser to help not only prepare and protect your lawn this winter but be the catalyst for its growth and greenness. Autumnblend, GoTurf’s new fertiliser, encourages strong root growth and beautiful winter colour. Ensuring your lawn maintains a shade of green through winter.

    Autumnblend’s main ingredients include nitrogen, potassium and sulphate.

    • Potassium is a slow release nutrient, which helps to protect your lawn coming into the colder winter months. Potassium increases plant cells health and structure.
    • Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for the dark green vertical growth of grass. This also makes it the fix to wilting and yellow grass. It is an instant lawn pick me up. Nitrogen helps optimises health, which makes the grass less susceptible to diseases.
    • Sulphur is included to help the turf grass create the enzymes and proteins they need. The sulphur gets broken down by natural bacteria colonies into sulfuric acid, which the grass absorbs through its roots when needed.

    For any more information or more technical information, about our Autumnblend fertiliser please contact us we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.

    Autumn is an essential time of year to prepare your lawn and garden for winter. Follow the easy tips about mowing, watering and fertilising to make sure your backyard looks it’s best this autumn! Give us a call on 1300 781 175 for all autumn lawn queries!

  • Preparing The Soil For a New Lawn

    February 11th, 2017 | by
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    Getting the soil right is the most important aspect to a healthy lawn. Learn how to do this easily and correctly, with an informative video showing you what to do. Whether you hire a contractor, or do it yourself, this information will help you prepare for your new turf grass.

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