January 16th, 2020 | by chilli
Summer can be a tough time for our Australian lawns. Not only does your yard have to deal with the fierce summer sun, there’s the increased traffic over the busy holiday period, kids, pets, and more. To help you keep your lawn in the best possible shape over the summer months, we’ve outlined some potential (and common) summer lawn problems, and how to fix them.
Problem #1: Your lawn looks dull and tired
Whether you have a backyard bbq coming up or you want your lawn looking a little more vibrant after a summer of heavy use; a little TLC to bring your lawn back to its best self is never a bad thing. A great way to do this is with microbial fertilisers such as the GoTurf Pro range. This bio-active fertiliser works to put the right bacteria back into depleted soils and promote lush growth in your lawn.
Problem #2: Your dog is doing his business all over your lawn
Urine contains high levels of nitrogen salts which will burn your grass and leave bare, dry spots in your lawn. To combat this, immediately water the area where your dog has done its business in order to reduce the damage. You can then loosen the soil with a garden fork and add some of that microbial fertiliser mentioned above! If your dog is a repeat offender, you may need to replace patches of grass with an off-cut from somewhere else. We can also provide single squares of turf for collection, contact us to arrange this.
Lawn problem #3: You’ve got grubs
Towards the end of summer and the start of Autumn, grubs can become more active. So, if you notice dried out patches of lawn, or grass that’s lost its root strength, you can bet that grubs are the culprit. The best way to tackle this is by applying a control product to your lawn in early summer to deter grubs. If you still have a grub problem, you can also look into several natural remedies or pesticides. Here’s a video from OzBreed on lawn grub diagnosis and treatment, which is a great starting point for understanding what is ruining your lawn.
Lawn problem #5: Shady areas which prevent the growth of your lawn
This is a tough one, as grass can’t grow without sunlight. The best way to tackle this issue is to try to allow as much sunlight as possible by thinning or cutting back trees which may be sheltering the lawn. You also need to make sure your lawn is clear of leaves, palms and debris, as this will block light and stunt the growth of your lawn.
Lawn problem #6: Problem/high traffic areas
This is one of the most common problems lawn-owners face. There are many reasons to have problem areas that don’t grow, or are constantly brown and thinning. They can be caused by high traffic, such as a line to the mailbox or clothesline, or maybe it’s the spot you keep the children’s play set. The remedy? Move things around so the grass can recover. Can you move the play set to the other side of the lawn? Or create a path to the mailbox so people walk a different way? Get creative; your lawn will thank you.
Lawn pride is a real thing in Australia, and something we take very seriously here at GoTurf. We are lawn lovers, lawn growers, and lawn suppliers for all of South-East Queensland. If you need help improving your existing lawn or laying an entirely new one; we are here to help.
Contact our friendly team on 1300 781 175 or get a free quote online.
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!
November 21st, 2019 | by chilli
We are the Turf specialists on the Sunshine Coast, so it makes sense that we are also the specialists and authoritative voice when it comes to backyard cricket, right?
To ensure everyone’s end of year break goes smoothly (no backyard cricket-induced family feuds) we thought we would map out the Go Turf official rules for backyard cricket.
No longer will the game end abruptly due to a ‘one-hand-one-bounce’ miscommunication, or an ‘over the fence, you’re out’ kerfuffle.
One of the best things about backyard cricket? It doesn’t require a backyard. You can play in the local park, on the beach; almost anywhere that has some room to move, flat ground and is safe from cars and such.
So, don’t sit back! Get the bat, ball, wickets and kids ready and read on for the ultimate guide to backyard cricket.
The Go Turf Official Backyard Cricket Rule Book
What do you need to play backyard cricket?
Before you start, you need the gear.
- Wickets! This can be anything from chalk on a fence to a wheelie bin or a tree in the park; as long as it can stand on its own and makes a noise or moves once hit.
- A ball! Your ball is preferably a soft rubber cricket ball or even better, a tennis ball as it bounces well on grass and is much easier for younger children to catch and see.
- A bat! Lastly, you need a bat. A cricket bat is best, either a wooden or plastic. In a pinch, however, even a tennis racket or basically anything you can hit a ball with will do (it’s backyard cricket after all, so anything generally goes).
And we wouldn’t be a turf supplier if we didn’t say you need some healthy lawn to play on! There’s nothing worse than hitting the ball and trying to avoid bindis as you score some runs, am I right?! If your lawn isn’t up to scratch, head to our website and get a free quote.
Alright, on with the rules!
Hit & Run.
Meaning if you hit the ball (even slightly), you need to run. This is a great rule that keeps the game going, and more exciting for the fielders. It also keeps it a little easier to catch out those with a little more skill!
Second chances are given when a player (batting) get’s out before they have even made a single run. This is a great rule to keep things fair, especially for those who aren’t strong cricketers. After all, backyard cricket is known for giving everyone a fair go!
Catcher bats next
This rule is fantastic for those who are rotating batters rather than having teams. The catcher’s-in rule means that whoever catches out the batsmen, is the next to bat. Not only does this stop any arguments about who is batting, it encourages lazy fielders to get involved in the game.
Not enough fielders? No problem! To make the game more challenging, the bowler can choose a select number of trees or bushes that can act as fielders. If the ball hits one on the full, it’s considered out.
One hand, one bounce
Probably invented so that of-age backyard cricketers wouldn’t have to put down their beverage to enjoy a game a Christmas cricket; one-hand-one-bound has become a favourite within casual cricket matches. Basically, this rule allows someone to catch out a batsman by catching the ball, with one hand, after it has bounced on the ground, or off an object/wall once (only).
Six & Out
Six and out means that when a batter hits a ball ‘out of bounds’ being over the fence or onto the roof, into the pool or ocean (or even, unfortunately, through a window), it counts as six runs but are then considered ‘out’. Now this rule isn’t something we enforce at Go Turf, as we have nothing but space to show off our batting prowess, but for those of you in smaller backyards or near water and fences, a great rule to ensure the game continues. It also means those skilled cricketers are limited in their shots and can more easily get out so others can have a crack!
That’s it! Now obviously you can adjust those rules or add your own as suits, but we recommend you clarify the rules before your game, to ensure no mid-fielding confusion that ruins a game.
Here at Go Turf, there’s nothing we like better than a friendly, yet competitive, backyard cricket match with friends and family, and we think our turf provides the most luscious pitch (especially if played barefoot!). If you need a backyard revamp, call our friendly team on 1300 871 175 or send us an online enquiry.
July 25th, 2019 | by chilli
Have you ever considered the health benefits of just sitting in the garden, walking around a park or hiking through the forest? Green spaces, trees, flowers, turf and the smell of freshly mowed grass, these are all the things that warm our heart and help us to maintain a sense of balance in our busy and stressful lives.
The problem is that deforestation, land clearing and urbanisation not only reduces our access to green spaces, but they can also negatively affect our physical and mental health.
An article published in The Economist in 2018, stated that deforestation and land clearance in Queensland is rampant along the east coast, equal to removing 1000 rugby pitches every day. It goes on to say that Queensland mows down trees twice as fast as Brazil, mainly to provide land for grazing cattle, but we also need to clear land for new housing projects as well. If we keep reducing our green spaces, however, will this affect our health?
Do green spaces really improve our physical and mental health?
A report by the World Health Organisation states that urban green spaces provide a host of physical and mental health benefits. These benefits range from reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality to less obesity and type 2 diabetes, better pregnancy outcomes and lower levels of depression.
With the continuing rise of Queensland’s population and as more land is cleared to provide new housing, our green spaces are being slowly eroded, acre by acre. Studies have shown that living in highly urbanised areas can be detrimental to our physical and mental health, and unfortunately, many disadvantaged people are forced to live in densely populated environments that lack green spaces.
This isn’t just a fly-by-night problem – studies all over the world now agree that exposure to the natural environment has many important health benefits. In fact, the University of Wollongong is part of a $3.2 million, five-year project to investigate this matter. In partnership with Hort Innovation, they will examine how outdoor spaces influence our lifestyle choices and our physical and mental health. Outdoor spaces are that important!
How can homeowners improve their outdoor spaces?
The easiest and one of the most affordable solutions to a lack of green space in your suburb is to lay a lawn of good quality turf. This way you can reap the benefits provided by open green spaces at home. Even if you have a large patio and a veggie garden, there’s usually somewhere you can plant a lawn of grass and spend some quality time in your garden.
Walk the dog, take the kids to the park or go hiking along your local trails, all of these activities bring you closer to nature and help to improve your physical and mental health.
The health benefits of green spaces are numerous, but what are the benefits of a healthy grass lawn?
- Noise reduction, which is perfect when you live in a noisy environment.
- Better air quality, which is ideal when you live close to busy roads or freeways.
- Improved health – reduces blood pressure, stress and depression.
- Spending time in green spaces leads to fewer problems with child behaviour.
- Natural environments lead to greater work productivity.
- Turf provides a healthy clean environment that’s ideal for people of all ages.
- Grass is the safest surface for outdoor leisure activities, games and sports.
- Mowing a lawn gets you outdoors and provides valuable cardiovascular exercise.
- The green colour of grass makes us feel closer to nature.
- Nature is an essential part of our lives and turf is a vital part of our landscape.
For help selecting the right turf for your home, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email today.
July 25th, 2019 | by chilli
Many people would believe that spring is the best time to lay new turf because everything is bursting to grow, however, that’s not quite the case! In our opinion, autumn is the best time to lay new turf because it’s a season when plants drop their seeds, put all their energy into growing new roots. Turf thrives off healthy roots, which is one of the few reasons why autumn is our favourite season for laying new grass. Continue reading our blog if you’d like to learn more about laying and maintaining turf in Autumn.
Autumn offers the perfect weather for laying new turf
Autumn is the best time of year to lay new turf as the air temperature is much cooler, giving you more time to lay your new lawn once it arrives at your property. Whilst it is crucial that you lay your new turf upon its arrival to avoid pallet burn and rotting, the summer and winter seasons are a much harsher time for installation. We recommend keeping an eye on the weather, as your new lawn will need regular watering for at least the first week (if it doesn’t rain). Throughout the hotter seasons, however, we would recommend a much deeper soak, over a few weeks to avoid it from drying out.
Autumn offers the Ideal soil conditions for laying new turf
During autumn, the temperature of the soil isn’t too hot or too cold, providing new roots with plenty of encouragement to dig deep into the soil. It’s always best to add a few inches of good quality topsoil with organic matter to your ground, prior to laying your new lawn, as this provides a good substrate for the lawn and encourages the growth of roots.
You might also need to improve your soil quality to give your lawn the best chance of establishing itself because the deeper and faster the roots can grow, the more drought-resistant your new lawn will be. Plants put a lot of energy into their root systems during the autumn season, so it makes sense to leverage this natural growth and give yourself the best chance of establishing an awesome lawn by spring.
We highly recommend using our Autumn Blend Lawn Fertiliser to support your turf going into the cooler months. This special blend feeds and strengthens your lawn for up to 3 months which will result in better lawn health and less mowing during the autumn and winter months.
Autumn is the best time to work outdoors
Most of us look forward to working in the garden during autumn, simply because the weather is comfortable to be in throughout the day. This is a time where we can help our garden the most to gather its strength during the winter season, ready for a burst of beautiful blooms in spring.
The uncomfortable heat during our Queensland summer and crisp temperatures throughout our winter can make installing turf during these seasons difficult. Laying your new turf in autumn is one of our more important tips, as it helps to establish your lawn quickly, creating a lovely lush expanse of grass in the springtime.
The perfect season to lay your new lawn is in autumn when all the stars align to give your turf the very best opportunity to establish itself. If you need quality turf for your garden, call us on 1300 781 175 or send us an email today.
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.
September 19th, 2018 | by chilli
Now that the weather is starting to warm up again, there’s no excuse to stay inside for your next movie night! Imagine laying back on the grass with a few blankets and pillows, surrounding by friends and an abundance of snacks, watching a movie in your very own backyard cinema! Perfect, right? Well lucky for you, we know just want you need to make this perfect night a reality.
What you will need for your backyard cinema:
- a thick piece of white material or cloth
- a projector,
- a laptop,
- some speakers
- plenty of cushions and blankets for comfort!
Once you have the essentials, let’s start setting up your backyard for the ultimate movie setting for your friends and family!
Set up your screen for the movie
Firstly, and arguably the hardest step, is setting up your material as a screen. Make sure you pick a spot that works, between two trees works wonderfully if you’re lucky enough to have them conveniently placed in your backyard. Alternatively you can use a veranda or in a pinch a clothesline. Just make sure you can tie it across the top and at the bottom so it’s nice and taught. Keep in mind you will need room in front of the screen to lay back and relax, and perhaps a lot depending on how many people are free for a flick!
Set up your projector and laptop
Once you have your screen in place, set up a table and set up both the projector and the connected laptop. You’ll then need to change your screen settings to be displayed on the projector and adjust until the picture on the screen is as straight, clear and sharp as possible. It will also be worth investing in some speakers so everyone can hear the movie!
Pick a movie!
Now for the fun (and the most important in our opinion) part, you get to choose a movie to watch on the big screen! Depending on the crowd and the type of night you’re having, you could go with a classic family (and kid friendly) film such as Frozen or one of these. If you’re planning a girls night in, there are so many options to choose from for the perfect dose of drama, cocktails and fun.. Check out this list from Cosmopolitan for inspiration.
When it comes to blankets and pillows for your backyard cinema; there’s no such thing as too many! Load up the area with blankets, large and small pillows, some bean bags and maybe even a few chairs at the back. You really want to create a warm inviting atmosphere, so if you need a few extras there are plenty of affordable options at Kmart or Target. Be sure to keep some spare blankets available in case it gets a little chilly in the evening!
The final ingredient for an amazing backyard cinema is snacks! Firstly it’s not a movie experience without popcorn, so make sure you have plenty of that on hand in some nice big bowls for easy access. You can go all out with chocolate and lollies, or take a healthier (or at least more mature) and opt for a platter of cheese, dips and strawberries to snack on with a nice glass or red. We absolutely LOVE these trays for a stylish (and stable) platter at ground level. Either way, you’ll want to have plenty of snacks on hand so you don’t miss the plot twist running to the fridge or grocery store!
It’s very simple and easy to set up your very own backyard cinema and spend the night in the backyard with your sweet smelling turf, trees, air and friends and family! If you need help transforming your backyard with turf, call our team at Go Turf. We supply Wintergreen Couch, Palmetto Buffalo, Empire Turf and Sapphire Buffalo. We have found that these varieties are the best for Queensland’s weather and cater for all budget’s and lawn needs.
Contact us today for a free quote or more information.
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August 23rd, 2018 | by chilli
It might seem simple enough, I mean, grass is grass right? Not really.. Certain turf types can thrive or take a dive in your backyard depending on how much direct sun your yard gets, your soil type, where you live and more. We thought we would put together a handy guide on the types of turf, their characteristics and their benefits so that you can choose the most suitable turf for your home. However, if you would rather speak to our team about your requirements you can also call us on 1800 959 176 and we can help you find the perfect turf for you at the best price.
An Australian grown turf breed, Sapphire Buffalo has a soft and fine-textured leaf, making it lovely under foot. Known for being a fast growing turf, it will recover quickly from excessive wear, making it ideal for household lawns and recreational areas. Thanks to its deep system, Sapphire Buffalo will keep a nice, green colour throughout the winter months. People often refer on Sapphire Buffalo as the ‘street-envy’ turf, thanks to its truly deep, rich green colouring. As Sapphire Buffalo turf tolerates shade and cold quite well, it’s an excellent choice for coastal and inland regions. Yet another benefit of Sapphire is less seed (39% less than other Buffalo turf varieties) making it a great choice for people who suffer from allergies as there will be less seed in the air when mowing etc.
Wintergreen Couch is a hybrid green couch that, such like its name suggests, retains its colour really well throughout the year and has a fine, dense foliage, making it a common choice. It is perfect for families who want a durable yet soft lawn at an economic price. It has produces slightly higher seed head and has a finer leaf than other couch varieties, giving it a lush, dense turf surface. Wintergreen is used extensively in home lawns, council parks and housing estates ad is the most common choice in Queensland. Wintergreen couch prefers full sun, so if you have a shady backyard you should consider another turf variety.
Empire Zoysia is extremely durable and easy to look after. It has excellent wear tolerance and thrives in heat and humidity, making it the most suitable turf for our South East Queensland climate. Zoysia grows well in the shade and will generally out-compete weeds once established. One of the biggest benefits of Empire Zoysia is that it generally needs less watering and less mowing than any other turf variety in Australia. It’s also labelled as a drought tolerant lawn, making it a great choice for those of us who live in a drier area or have a knack for ignoring the lawn.
If you live in an area with a higher salt level soil, such as near the ocean, Nara Native turf may be the best choice for you. It is low maintenance and very salt tolerant with a beautiful fine texture that’s lush under foot. It’s quick to establish, requires little maintenance such as mowing or edging and rarely gets pests of diseases. Extremely well suited to humid and dry climates and although can show signs of rust in wet winters and colder areas, it will tolerate them well and affected areas will generally be camouflaged in the mature leaves.
We are the biggest (and best) turf supplier servicing the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. So whether you need a lot or just a little, the friendly, local team at Go Turf can help. Call us on 1300 781 175 or send us an enquiry for a free quote. We offer delivery and installation services or you can pick up your new turf directly from our farm in Beerburrum, we make it as easy as possible for our customers.
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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.