December 17th, 2021 | by chilli group
You work hard all year keeping your lawn neatly manicured and beautifully maintained, but when the heat of the summer arrives, your grass turns brown and your lawn becomes a dust bowl. Don’t despair! There are things you can do to keep your lawn healthy in the heat. This month’s blog provides you with 4 easy tips to keep your lawn green this summer.
Know your turf
There are several different types of grass that are commonly used in Australian lawns, and each one has different characteristics. Buffalo is a hardy choice that grows well in most climates. It’s durable, easy to maintain, and weed-resistant. It’s also shade-tolerant so is a great choice for most gardens. Couch grass is another low-maintenance hard-wearing variety. It thrives in the sun so it’s less suitable for shady areas, and although it is heat tolerant it can become thirsty in the summer. Kikuyu is a great choice for both hot and wet conditions, as it can cope with both. It’s also self-repairing and isn’t prone to diseases or pests. If you choose the appropriate grass for your region from the start, it will be much easier to keep your lawn green all year.
Water your lawn
Watering your grass is important, but there’s more to it than watering more often when the weather warms up. The best way to make sure your lawn can stand the heat is by watering deeply once a week, encouraging deep and healthy root growth. Grass that is watered too often develops a shallow, superficial root system, and when water becomes scarce, it struggles to survive. The time of day is also important when it comes to watering. The best time is early morning because the cooler temperatures minimize evaporation. The morning sun also allows the lawn to photosynthesize straight away, making it stronger and healthier. If you follow these rules all year round, when summer arrives your grass is already stronger and better equipped to survive.
Mowing is a vital part of lawn care, but the wrong mowing habits can turn your grass brown or even kill it completely. If you want to keep your lawn green all year, make sure you don’t cut your grass too short in the summer. Again the ideal length will depend on the variety. For couch grasses, you should mow to about 3cm high during summer. For buffalo and kikuyu lawns, 5cm is perfect. Keeping your grass at the ideal length will allow your lawn to remain healthy and will also provide more shade for the delicate root system.
Fertilize your lawn
Fertilizing your lawn regularly will give all the necessary nutrients to keep it green all year round. A well-fed lawn is a strong and healthy lawn! Most experts recommend feeding your lawn every six to eight weeks. However, sometimes this can cause the grass to grow too high, too fast. To minimize this, you should choose a lawn fertilizer with lower nitrogen content.
While brown grass is not a problem in itself, follow these steps if you prefer the look of a lush green lawn year-round.
If your grass has seen better days, or you want to give your lawn a new lease of life, we can help! For all things turf-related contact the experts at GoTurf today!
July 16th, 2021 | by chilli
One of the most effective ways to increase your property value and add to the overall aesthetic of your landscaping, is to lay new lawn. Lush, healthy turf in a newly landscaped area, creates a sense for completion and can significantly improve the overall final look. However, choosing the right kind of turf for your property can be difficult. So what should you consider when choosing turf?
In Queensland, we enjoy warmer climates and sunshine throughout the year so it makes sense to choose a grass that thrives in this type of environment. We’d recommend a lawn that is summer and drought tolerant (if you live in the harsher Queensland climate).
Does your lawn get a lot of sunshine throughout the day or is a majority of your yard in the shade? The amount of sun that your lawn gets is also an important factor when choosing a turf that’s perfect for your property.
If your lawn tends to be in a more shaded area, we’d recommend the Sir Walter Buffalo. This type of turf has a high shade tolerance and thrives in both the shade and Sunshine. If your turf spends most of the time in the sun, we’d recommend the Palmetto Buffalo or the Wintergreen Couch turf.
2. Lawn Maintenance
The type of turf you purchase will influence how much time you spend maintaining your new lawn. Some turf types thrive on their own with very little maintenance while others need a little more TLC to stay healthy.
If you don’t have a lot of time or the energy for lawn maintenance we’d recommend grass varieties like Nara Native Zoysia or Palmetto Buffalo turf. These grasses are low maintenance and require less watering and mowing which means you won’t need to put in as much effort to keep your lawn looking healthy!
3. Lawn Budget
The cost of turf varies across the grass type you choose, the amount of turf you need and if you’d like the turf delivered and installed!
If you’re looking for a great turf type but you’re on a budget, we’d recommend our Wintergreen couch turf This grass is perfect if you’re looking for a durable yet soft lawn at an economical price!
Calculating the amount of turf that you need can be difficult, especially when it’s an odd shaped area. Here at GoTurf, we’ve made this part of the process easy with our turf calculator! You’ll be able to divide odd shaped areas into rectangles and use our calculator to see how much turf you’ll need for each section.
If you’d like to have your turf delivered and installed by professionals, contact the team at GoTurf for a quote. If you’re on a budget and would like to install your turf by yourself, we have some great tips!
4. Look & Feel
It’s all about the type of look and feel you want your turf to achieve! The last tip we have for choosing the right turf is pick one based on the appearance, colour and texture that pleases you the most.
If you’re looking for a lawn that’s lush with soft broad leaves, we’d recommend the Sir Walter Buffalo. If you’d rather a grass with fine texture, we’d recommend the Nara Native Zoysia Turf. The final decision is up to you and what you think would suit your property’s landscaping and your lifestyle the best!
Have a few more questions about what turf variety would be the best for you and your property? Here at GoTurf, we are the Sunshine Coast’s largest independent turf suppliers and experts in the industry! Contact our team with your turf questions or for a quote today.
February 15th, 2021 | by chilli
Is your lawn looking patchy, thin or generally under the weather? Overseeding may be the answer! Spreading new grass seed over existing turf will help renew your lawn after a rough patch of harsh weather conditions, a weed infestation, or a period of general neglect.
Why should I overseed my lawn?
If your turf is not quite past the point of no return where it needs to be ripped up and relaid, overseeding your lawn is a great way to refresh the colour and bring it back to life. Overseeding can help rejuvenate your lawn by:
- Repairing bare patches
- Reducing the risk of weeds taking over
- Strengthening your lawn’s root system
How to overseed your lawn
Prepare your lawn by mowing closely, ensuring you choose a time when your lawn is dry. The next step is to rake your lawn and remove any debris. You will also need to aerate your lawn before you start the overseeding process to ensure that the soil is sufficiently oxygenated for the new grass seeds to take root. If your turf is brown and patchy, it’s best to establish whether it’s suffering from another issue such as lawn grubs before you start overseeding. Check out our blog on identifying a lawn grub infestation to learn more.
Start spreading the seed
Ideally, you should be overseeding with the same variety of grass as your existing lawn. If you’re not sure what variety of turf you have, get in contact with your turf specialist or check out our website for more information on the characteristics of different turf varieties.
When it comes to sowing the seeds, you can overseed by hand or by using a spreader. Simply fill the spreader and start distributing the seed or focus on sparse patches by sowing it by hand.
After overseeding your lawn, give the new seeds a fighting chance to develop a strong and healthy root system by being consistent with your watering schedule. This will ensure that the soil is moist and water is reaching the deeper root system. Wait until the grass is roughly 40-50mm before mowing for the first time and mow on a higher cut to avoid tearing up the freshly sown grass seeds. Trimming your lawn regularly, try not to remove any more than roughly three-quarters of the grass growth at any given time.
If your lawn has passed the point of no return and can’t be saved with some overseeding, your best course of action is to rip it up and lay some new turf. Offering a range of drought-resistant turf varieties and expert advice, the Go Turf team has all of your turf needs covered. Get in touch for a quote today!
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.