January 21st, 2021 | by chilli
So, you’ve fertilized, aerated, watered, and weeded then your dog decides to start digging halfway to China, ruining your perfectly manicured lawn in the process. We love them like they are part of the family but there is no doubt that our furry friends can be a menace when it comes to maintaining a luscious lawn. Keeping reading to find out why your dog may be ruining your lawn and how to stop them.
stop digging up my lawn!
If your dog is ruining your lawn by digging holes like he’s on the hunt for buried treasure, remember that he’s not doing it to deliberately annoy you. From boredom to trying to escape, your dog could be ruining your lawn for any number of reasons. If your dog is inclined to dig, the first step to fixing the problem is ensuring that all the essentials for your dog’s health and happiness are being provided.
If your dog is ruining your lawn, they might need:
Excessive digging is often a symptom that your dog has too much pent-up energy. Lack of exercise can cause all sorts of behavioural problems in dogs so ensure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise at least once a day.
More chew toys
If your dog is bored, digging a hole may be their primary form of entertainment. To stop your dog from ruining your lawn, make sure that they have an array of toys or bones to keep them occupied while you’re out of the house.
Play and interaction
Just like us humans, dogs can get lonely too. If your fur-baby is an only child (that is, the only dog in the family) your dog may be ruining your lawn because they’re lonely and anxious. Set aside some time in your day to spend time with your dog. Whether you’re teaching your dog tricks or just letting them sit on the couch with you, just providing your dog with some company will do wonders.
Stop your dog ruining your lawn with the right fertiliser
If you find your dog is ruining your lawn right after you fertilise, it may not be a coincidence. Dogs are drawn to the smell of some varieties of fertiliser, they get excited about the prospect of a treat and starting digging. Avoid using blood and bone-based fertilisers and keep your dog off your lawn for the first few days after your fertilise. Not sure what fertiliser to use on your lawn? Speak to our friendly team today or check out our website.
Your dog’s pee may be causing brown patches
So, you have the digging under control but your dog is ruining your lawn by peeing on it. The high concentration of nitrogen found in your dog’s urine causes brown or yellow patches on your lawn. Hosing off the area immediately dilutes the nitrogen, mitigating the nasty effects of your dog’s pee on the lawn. You can also train your dog to do it’s business in a designated area. Just make sure that the brown patches on your lawn aren’t a symptom of lawn disease or turf grubs, to learn more check out our blog.
If your dog has done some serious damage to your lawn, you may need to consider reseeding or re-turfing some patches. For a quote or to speak to our turf experts about how to bring your lawn back to life, contact us through our website today or call 1300 781 175.
September 10th, 2020 | by chilli
Gone (for now) are the days of frosty mornings, chilly floors and icy windscreens. Say hello to spring! Spring is the season of new life – from baby animals to blooming flowers and yep, you guessed it – bringing your lawn back to life!
Springtime is a great time for lawn growth, but before we get carried away by the luscious, green blanket that’s about to flourish across your yard, there’s a few things we need to do in order to have the best possible lawn this season.
Spring Turf Tip 1:
Keep your lawn as hydrated as yourself! Okay, well more specifically, the watering needs of each lawn is determined by the type and location (sun, shade, regional, coastal etc) however, now is the time to increase your lawn watering schedule.
During winter, your lawn doesn’t need as much attention. It’s kind of like a mumma bear in hibernation, you let it sleep. But with the increasing temps, your soil and lawn is going to T-H-R-I-V-E when you give it some of that good H2O.
Spring Turf Tip 2:
It’s mower time! Thank goodness it’s not a 2020 remake of ‘hammer time’ because we don’t even know what that would look like. But in all seriousness, like your lawn – the sleepy mumma bear – your mower has likely been a little more dormant. We recommend you do the following:
- Service your mower
- Sharpen or replace blades
- Check fuel, filters and spark plug
By shaking off your mower’s winter chill, it’ll be ready to rumble for spring.
SpringTurf Tip 3:
We’re going to keep rolling with this mumma bear analogy because it works. It’s feeding time!
Fertilising your lawn for spring, with a quality spring blend like our Spring Blend Lawn Fertiliser is a must-have if you want growth, growth, growth. Specifically designed for the warming climate, this fertiliser feeds, nourishes and strengthens your lawn into that delicious green blanket we’re all dreaming about.
Did you know that our Spring Blend fertiliser lasts up to 3 months? So, when we say we’ve got your springtime covered, we aren’t lying.
Spring Turf Tip 4:
Fertilise BEFORE you aerate or top dress your lawn. Try and give it at least 1-2 weeks after fertilising before you start ripping out the serious lawn manoeuvres.
Aerating creates channels, or we like to think of it as snorkels, for oxygen, water and nutrients to reach the roots.
After months of heavy traffic (a.k.a rolls and tumbles in the grass), and the cold winter rain, the soil underneath your lawn can become compacted. We don’t want that! Compacted soil can cause your lawn to become hard, and essential oxygen and water can no longer penetrate and filtrate through the soil, resulting in a sick lawn. Spring isn’t for the sick – spring is for new life and growth!
How to aerate
There are several options available to aerate your lawn which is fantastic, as there’s likely something here that is best suited to you and your needs.
- Aerate using aerating sandals
- Tubular lawn aerator
- Petrol powered lawn corer/aerator
You can find these tools at your local hardware store and even as a tool hire. However, if DIY is not your style, you can simply leave it to the professionals.
Spring Turf Tip 5:
Dress to impress. Well, kind of. Your lawn is bound to be the ‘green carpet’ where everyone wants to be, so top dressing your lawn is essential if you’re chasing that consistent, luscious lawn.
Top dressing offers a new source of nutrients to your lawn and can even level out an uneven lawn or fill holes – which makes mowing easier. It’s a win-win!
Spring Turf Tip 6:
Replace your lawn.
Sometimes, winter pushes the lawn over the edge and there’s just no coming back. So while we sadly have to say goodbye to our deceased, dry lawn, there’s no better time than spring to establish a new one!
Establishing a new lawn in spring is ideal because,
- The work is less sweaty
- There is less watering required
- And there’s increased growth thanks to the warmer temps.
So, there you have it – our 6 turf tips to ‘spring-ifying’ your lawn! If you’ve checked off these tips and are looking for more ways to improve your lawn, check out our other turf tips here.
Ready to step it up and install a new lawn of Zoysia, Couch, or Buffalo turf in your yard? Call your friendly local Go Turf team on 1300 781 175 or through our website here for a free turf quote.
July 13th, 2020 | by chilli
Dollar spot is a common turf disease which affects many turf varieties. As the name ‘dollar spot’ suggests, it’s visible on your lawn as dollar sized spots of dry, discoloured patches. If left untreated, these spots can expand, leaving your lawn dry and unsightly.
Dollar spot can also be characterised by web-like threading between leaves of grass, especially on colder winter mornings. Although this treading, which is actually called mycelium, a type of fungal pathogen, disappears as the day warms up, they will still have negative impacts on your lawn if not treated effectively.
When does Dollar Spot occur?
The main cause of dollar spots is excessive moisture on warm days, which creates the humid environment for the fungus to develop in. Situations such as a build up of thatch on your lawn, poor drainage, and excessive watering can all lead to lawn issues, pests and fungus.
Dollar Spot Treatment
The best treatment for Dollar Spot is quite simple; taking care of your lawn. By following a few good lawn care guidelines, you will reduce the chance of dollar spots, as well as other common lawn issues.
Fertilise your lawn each season
By regularly fertilising your lawn throughout the year, you will prevent nitrogen deficiency and keep your turf leaves, roots and soil in a healthy, strong condition.
Keep on top of your mowing
Regularly mowing your lawn will prevent thatch build up, which assists in creating the humid environment lawn fungus and disease thrives in.
Improve your lawn watering
Watering your lawn in the early morning or late afternoon let’s your lawn and soil absorb more moisture before getting dried out by the sun. Giving your lawn a deep soak less often is far more valuable for your turf’s health than frequent short waterings. Here’s our blog on properly watering your lawn.
Generally, the use of fungicides to treat dollar spots is unnecessary unless the problem is unwavering despite your lawn care improvements. By simply keeping your lawn healthy and happy, you should avoid having lawn issues, such as dollar spots, from wreaking havoc on your beautiful, green lawn.
Talk to your Local Sunshine Coast Turf Farm
For the most relevant information regarding local turf types, issues, tips, and more; talk to your local team at Go Turf. We are well-versed in everything you need to know about turf varieties and ridding your lawn of any unwanted pests or issues. Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast. We pride ourselves on supplying developers, builders, landscapers, homeowners and other turf producers with high quality and amazing value grass suited for South East Queensland conditions. If you have any further questions regarding the maintenance of your turf variety, feel free to give us a call on1300 781 175 or contact us 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!
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.
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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August 15th, 2018 | by chilli
Have you heard of LawnFest 2018? This event has been put together by Australian Lawn Fanatics #auslf to celebrate the glorious start to spring and raise awareness for the Empower Golf Charity. It will be hosted right here on the Go Turf Farm on 20 October! Everyone is welcome and there will be a BBQ, fun and games for the kids and loads of information, talks and offers for all lovers of turf, including stalls from Bushranger Power Equipment Australia, Waterpro, MowMaster Turf Equipment & more. Hosted by Go Turf, the event will take place at 434 Mekins Road Beerburrum, running from 9am until 1pm.
Empower Golf facilitates and promotes golf for less abled Australians. Empower Golf works hard across Australia to facilitate and promote golf for Australians of all abilities by working with Golf courses and clubs, encouraging participation, host development days and tournaments. Their amazing work not only enhances physical/mental health and allows social interaction without barriers for the less able, but raises awareness of disabled sport and participation both nationally and globally.
This truly Australian event will be stand out for all involved, so be sure to bring the whole family along! If you would like to be apart of the day feel free to message Len or Dallas through the Australian lawn Fanatics Facebook group and lets get your company on the banner.
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.
July 26th, 2018 | by chilli
Many of us know the pain of having allergies, and there’s a certain time of year when everything gets even sneezier and itchy; spring! That time of year when everything is flowering, the rain shifts all the dust and pollen in the air and you have that constantly stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, and non-stop sneezing attacks? Yeah, spring.
If you are a fellow hay fever and allergy sufferer, fear not, there is a turf made just for you; Palmetto Buffalo. A lot of families opt for a low allergy lawn so that both themselves and their children can enjoy their time in the backyard without ramifications of allergies. This is especially true for children who are constantly playing and rolling around in the backyard, it would be a shame for them to miss out on such pleasures because of a sneeze attack!
A low allergy turf solution
Research from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Queensland and HAL Richmond, NSW data have shown that Palmetto® Buffalo turf has 40% less seed than the average of other popular Buffalo types. Is it this seed, which is so common on cooler region turf types, which put large amounts of pollen in the air, especially when it comes to mowing and maintaining your yard.
The benefit of Palmetto Buffalo is it’s softer edge when compared to other Buffalo types, which means less skin irritation for children and pets. While you might not notice the microscopic shape of these grass blades, they can made a huge difference to allergies and skin irritation. Check out the image below for an example of allergenic verse non-allergenic grass blades.
Another benefit for not just the allergy-inclined, but for everyone, is that Palmetto Buffalo turf can be left a lot longer without mowing. So not only does that make it more suitable for those with allergies, but also those who are too busy to be consistently maintaining their lawns. What’s better than that?
Want some advice on the best lawn for your yard and needs? Give the team at Go Turf a call. As the largest turf supplier on the Sunshine Coast, we understand your needs and offer a complete solution for transforming your yard. Call us today for a free quote on a wide variety of high-quality turf, cut daily on our farm.
July 17th, 2018 | by chilli
It’s something that’s easily neglected, especially during the cooler months, but keeping your mower blades sharp will have a huge impact on your lawn. Dull and worn out blades will rip and pull your grass, leaving frayed and damaged lawn. We have spoken before about how to maintain your mower, but we thought we would delve deeper and highlight the importance of keeping your mowers blades sharp and ready. Using the few simple steps we have included below, you can have your mowers blades in top condition and a cleaner cut (mowing stripes, anyone?) and better quality lawn all year round.
First and Foremost: Make sure that before you begin working on your mower you remove the spark plug! Any motor rotation during the operation could start the engine, which can be very dangerous for you and anyone around you.
Step one: Remove the blade
To start with you will need to loosen and remove the bolt that holds the blade in place. If your mower is older or a little rusty, you may need to apply some lubricant and wait a few minutes until it’s loose enough to remove.
Before you remove the blade, it pays to mark it somehow (spray paint or a marker will suffice) so that you know the correct way to reinstall it. If it’s not put back on the correct way, it won’t cut!
Step two: Check the blade
Once you have removed the blade from the mower, it’s time to check for any rust or excessive wear. See if you need to sharpen the blade or even replace it. Any minor rust on the blade can be remedied using steel wool and a little elbow grease. It pays to have a spare mower blade in your garage or shed so that you can alternate between the two or just have a replacement on hand if necessary.
Step three: Sharpen the mower blade
While angle grinders are much faster at sharpening mower blades, they allow you must less control and carry the risk of damaging the blade by overheating it. We think one of the best ways to sharpen your mower blades is by hand with a hand file, which gives you must more control over your work. As always when working with any sharp objects, take the utmost care and use protective clothing if possible.
Step four: Make sure the blade is balanced
After sharpening your blades, you’ll need to make sure that both sides of the blades are balanced. This can be done by tacking a nail to the wall and handing the blade from its centre point. If the blade is dipping to one side, you’ll need to file more off that edge on the non-cutting side. Repeat this process until the blade sits equally balanced.
Step five: Reinstall blade on your mower
Using the mark you made earlier, put the blade back into your mower and fasten the bolt into place. You need to make sure the bolt is firmly tightened as a loose blade will affect the engines timing and therefore the mowers ability to start when it comes time to mow your lawn.
Your mower blade should be checked every 6 months or so to make sure it’s in good working (and mowing) order. If not, your grass will pay the price! If you are ready to take your lawn to the next level, call Go Turf, the largest turf supplier on the Sunshine Coast and your local turf experts.
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!