• Turf Lovers: Don’t let your lawn down this winter!

    June 6th, 2018 | by
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    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!

  • Get Your Green Thumb Out: 7 Easy Vegetables to Plant in June ?

    May 28th, 2018 | by
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    Growing your own vegetables can be very fun and rewarding! We are lucky to live in South East Queensland where we can grow vegetables all year round and have so many options about what to plant. There is no better meal than the one when you have grown the ingredients yourself so we have put together 7 of our favourite vegetables to plant in June. Why not get started this weekend? There’s no better time to head to your local garden centre and get planting!

    1. Carrots

    Carrots are an excellent vegetable to grow, they can be used to boost every meal from salads to Bolognese. They grow best in full sunlight and can even grow in pots or planters if you’ve run out of room in your veggie patch!

    2. Broccoli

    By planting some well-established seedlings in early June your broccoli will have all winter to develop, it will take up to 12 weeks before heads begin to show. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat in late spring.

    3. Broad Beans

    Hardy, frost tolerant vegetables with pretty flowers before they produce. Broad beans can be picked straight from the garden and taste delicious, young beans are sweet, tender and succulent.

    4. Lettuce

    The satisfaction of adding your own home-grown lettuce to salads far exceeds store bought lettuce. No need to store – just pick from the garden and serve! Most lettuce varieties should be able to withstand a light frost so can be grown all winter long.

    5. Cucumbers

    Cucumbers grow excellently when sown directly into the soil in early June. There are lots of varieties to choose from, your local garden centre will advice you of the best for your garden. A perfect addition to those winter salads!

    6. Spinach

    Spinach is a great crop for beginners as it doesn’t require fertilising and can be planted can be planted nearly all year round. Once picked, spinach leaves can be enjoyed wilted in Omelettes and Stir Fry’s or raw in a salad making it an excellent addition to your garden!

    7. Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet Potatoes are a very hardy crop so it is difficult to get it wrong – great for the amateur gardener. It can take up to 4 months but well worth the wait for such a versatile veg!

    Here at Go Turf we love making sure your garden is tip top. Keep an eye on our blog for regular posts on gardening tips including seasonal lawn issues, adding value through landscaping and more. We want to help you make sure your lawn is impeccable and green all year round. We are not only the largest turf suppliers on the Sunshine Coast, we are also experienced green thumbs, just looking to help!Our main turf lines are 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. 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! Simply contact our helpful team to discuss your turf and fertilising needs.

     

  • Turf Wars: Why Empire Zoysia is the best turf for your yard

    April 11th, 2018 | by
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    Our customers are always asking which type of grass best suits the South East Queensland climate, and generally (with the exception of some very shady areas), the answer is Empire Zoysia. Why, you ask? Good question. As the largest supplier of Empire Zoysia Let’s take a look at all the characteristics which make Zoysia the best turf choice.

    It’s E.Z (in more ways than one)

    Empire Zoysia is often referred to by its nickname, E.Z. Not only due to its abbreviated name but because Zoysia is just so easy (E.Z, get it?) to look after!  From watering to mowing and just general maintenance, you won’t find a grass that asks less of you.

    It’s water wise

    Thanks to its wide leaf and deep root systems, Empire Zoysia is great for areas or lawns that don’t get a lot of water. It’s drought tolerant, so it can retain water and stay healthier than most other turf varieties. An extremely water efficient lawn… Who doesn’t want that?

    It’s perfect for coastal areas

    Thanks to Empire Zoysia’s high salt tolerance and hardwearing nature, it’s perfect for coastal area conditions, including sandy or clay soil areas. It also thrives in the heat and can tolerate cold frosty conditions better than its turf counterparts.  

    It’s disease & pest tolerant

    Diseases and pests are no match for the hardy (yet soft) Empire Zoysia variety. This is especially true for those pesky lawn grubs which can wreak havoc on other types of grass. Even better? Zoysia is great at out-competing weeds. Once well established, its dense growth makes it much harder for weeds to establish, and even when they do, Zoysia will out-grow them.

    Did we mention the mowing?!

    I know we mentioned this earlier, but it definitely warrants its own point; Empire Zoysia has been proven to require only one third the mowing of other varieties. Just let that sink in… Imagine only having to mow nearly 70% less often? It’s the dream!  

    It keeps its winter colour

    What’s better than snuggling under a blanket with a hot drink and a movie during winter? Knowing that while you’re enjoying your winter solace, your lawn isn’t turning brown and dying due to the cold conditions. Not only does Zoysia recover well from foot traffic and other ailments, it can tolerate cold conditions and keeps its luscious deep green colour throughout the winter months! Honestly, is there nothing this turf can’t do?!

    All in all; Zoysia is the turf of the people. If you would rather spend your weekends socialising, spending time with family or playing golf, basically anything other than weeding and mowing; then Empire Zoysia is your you!

    We are the biggest (and best) supplier of Empire Zoysia turf on the Sunshine Coast. So whether you need a lot or just a little. Let the friendly, local team at Go Turf 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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  • Why Grass Is the Best Choice For Your Backyard

    March 26th, 2018 | by
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    Nothing beats the feeling of soft, spongey grass under your feet in your own backyard. Not only is grass the perfect choice for your backyard, but it has a powerhouse of environmental benefits too. A turfed backyard can help reduce air-conditioning costs by naturally cooling our homes, and provide a fantastic space for kids to play and adults to relax.

    Similar to trees, lawns remove carbon dioxide from the air and create massive quantities of fresh, clean oxygen for us to breathe. Because of the expanse of our lawns, grass can have a phenomenal effect – removing more carbon from our polluted city air than all our trees and shrubs combined! That’s why maintaining your perfect, lush lawns is one of the greatest environmental actions we can take to reducing our household carbon footprint.

    Our soils, lawns and gardens play are a vital component of our inner-city eco-system. Without them, so many wonderful aspects of our natural landscapes would disappear. The environments that surround our metropolitan hubs are increasing growing to include more trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, lawns, lakes, creeks, parks and ovals. These eco-systems will in turn thrive, attracting natural wildlife like birds and insect.

    Lawns feed our entire eco-system more than anything else around us. Our lawns are vital for our very survival within cities and suburban areas. That is why choosing turf and maintaining it, is very important to us at Go Turf. With such a wide variety of turfs to choose from how do you know which one is best suited for your situation? When you are ready to have the perfect backyard, look no further than our high-quality fertilising product range. We offer a wide variety of turf and fertiliser products to keep your gardens look beautiful and green (and inhabitable too).

    Don’t hesitate to contact our team with any of your lawn care questions. You can also explore our range of Turf Tips online or through our Facebook page.

  • Easy solutions to patchy and thinning lawns

    March 13th, 2018 | by
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    Aussies love their lawns, but sometimes they become patchy and sometimes they become quite thin as well. Your main problem is identifying the cause of the problem and once you have done this, the solution is often very simple. So, let’s look at some of the common causes of patchy or thinning grass and how to can fix these problems at home.

    Bare patches in high traffic areas

    Clearly these bare patches are due to the soil being compressed by too much foot or vehicle traffic and tend to occur in popular walkways across the grass or when cars are parked on the lawn. They can also be seen along the edges of decks, patios and paths, as well as around the clothesline and particularly where the postie rides to your post box.
    You can of course, fix these patches with lawn seed, after aerating to reduce the compression of the soil, but if you don’t reduce the traffic in these spots, you will have to keep doing this on a regular basis. The long-term solution is to add some stylish stepping stones or a real concrete or gravel path to the areas that are patchy due to high pedestrian traffic and a driveway or new parking slab for cars.

    Bare patches around garden beds or fence lines

    Along the fence lines these bare patches can be due to your dog racing around like a banshee and barking at everyone who goes past! They can however, be due to a lack of direct sunlight caused by overhanging plants or because sunlight is obstructed by tall fences. A lack of light can also cause the grass to thin in these same areas, so you might have a combination of patchy and thinning grass.
    The solution depends on the cause of the problem, so you might have to stop your dog using the fence line as a racing track and trim any overhead branches that restrict sunlight. Changing the height of the fence is usually not an option, so adding shade loving plants to your garden beds might be the best solution.

    Random bare patches in your lawn

    Generally, there are two causes for random patchy areas in your lawn. It’s either dog urine or lawn grubs. If you don’t have a dog then it’s likely to be lawn grubs! You know that you have lawn grubs if you have brown patches in a lovely healthy lawn and you can easily lift the grass because it no longer has any roots (they were eaten by the grubs), but you should also easily see the grubs about an inch or so under the top of the soil. If you can’t see any lawn grubs and you have a dog, then that’s likely your culprit.
    If the cause is grubs, your local nursery will sell you something that will get rid of them and if it’s dog urine, hose the area down as soon as you spot the problem and following every urine event. Long term, you might have to keep your dogs away from the lawns if the patches are too much of a problem, but lawn seed will help in the short term.

    Thin grass over most of the lawn

    If you have noticed that your grass is growing a lot thinner than normal, then it might be due to too much shade. Too many large trees and bushes can easily shade a small lawn, causing the grass to grow too thinly, but it can also be caused by a lack of sufficient water and a lack of fertilizer.
    The real solution for thinning grass is to either lop branches if they are the problem or to aerate your lawns, water them regularly and add a good fertilizer to increase healthy growth. You can also add some new lawn seed, which with the additional watering and fertilizer, should soon give you a lush lawn once again.
    For information on our turf, installation and delivery, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.

  • Lawn Care Tips for Every Season

    February 21st, 2018 | by
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    Your turf, much like the other plants within your garden, behaves and grows differently across each of the four seasons. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to best look after your lawn across summer, autumn, winter and spring. We’ve put together a brief list of simple habits and tricks to help your lawn flourish and looking fresh all year round. 

    Season: Summer

    Australian summers are hot! That means summer can often be a difficult time to keep your grass looking green and lush. While you can’t control the weather, you can make sure your lawn is well set up to survive these trying conditions.

    • Fertilise your lawn regularly during the cooler days (below 30 degrees Celsius) with a slow release fertiliser. This will promote grown of your lawn and minimise burning.
    • Become more water-wise, as your turf can quickly dry out during extreme conditions. Be sure to water early in the mornings before the day’s heat kicks in, allowing your grass time to soak up all of that liquid. Watering late in an evening may promote fungal growth with overnight humidity. So try to avoid this where possible!
    • Grass growth typically slows during the warmer months. So you can raise the height of the mower blades to leave the grass longer, providing shade and natural cooling to the roots and soil.
    • Unfortunately, weeds thrive in summer. But be sure to take care using lawn weeding products. Many products suggest avoiding use in hot weather. Read the label to make sure it’s suitable for your lawn.

    Season: Autumn

    Autumn is a gardener’s favourite time of year, as the weather starts to cool down and new growth continues to come through strong. Autumn is the perfect time to correct any damage done in Summer and start preparing for the colder months ahead.

    • A simple tip for fertilising your lawn: If you only feed your lawn once a year, do it in Spring. However, if you fertilise twice a year, it’s best to do this during Spring and Autumn. Feeding in Autumn will help keep your lawn nice and green as the weather begins to cool down, and also make it stronger and better able to resist damage from extreme cold.
    • Watering is often overlooked in Autumn, a misconception of the cooler climate. That means it’s very easy for your turf to dry out. Be sure to make the most of watering and any rain that comes your way!
    • You needn’t worry about mowing your lawn as often during Autumn, as growth slows. This time of year, your lawn is storing energy for Winter However, cleaning up your garden by removing leaves and weeds will help maximise sunlight during those cooler days.

    Season: Winter

    Did you know that lawns typically hibernate through winter? That means the maintenance demands of your garden are very low during the seasonal cold snap!

    • Because of the low demands of your lawn in winter, fertilising is not generally recommended, especially if you have already fed it during Autumn and Spring. There is little point in feeding because growth has slowed and the lawn will not take up nutrients.
    • Although winter means cold, rain and moisture, it can also spell out dry temperatures for most of Queensland. Keep an eye on the moisture levels by feeling deep into the thatch. A simple feel test here should be sufficient. In winter it’s best to water in the morning.
    • Mowing during Queensland winters will only need to be done two or three times across the whole season (once a month may be best), because of the lawn’s slowed growth.
    • One of the lucky qualities about winter is that while your lawn in hibernating, those pesky weeds lie dormant too. But there are a few to watch for (i.e. bindii and broadleaf weeds).

    Season: Spring

    After a long hibernation, your lawn looking a bit worse for wear leading into spring. Browning is typical, as is thinning. This will often result in any already bare patches looking much worse. But you can help your lawn find it’s groove again with a good feed and some love and care.

    • Rake vigorously to not only clear fallen leaves and twigs but more importantly; to strip out dead and brown grass (“thatch”) to allow more light through to new shoots.
    • Spring is the time to fertilise! This is the critical time of year to give your lawn a good feed (all be it balanced, and slowly released). The nutrients within the fertiliser will help reinvigorate the lawn so it can power into summer once again.
    • Something to be careful of is overwatering in summer. The soil hasn’t warmed and nights may still be cool. Test what level of watering your lawn needs with a simple touch-test. If it’s damp, don’t water.
    • Unfortunately, as your grass begins to spring back to life, so too do those pesky weeds. Be careful when feeding your lawn, as weeds will subsequently grow. Sparse areas of turf are the most likely to become weed zones; so make sure you’re taking care of your weeding too.

    Now it’s time to start putting your new found times into practice, and watch your grass remain greener and fuller all year round. Learn how to water your lawn to become more drought tolerant. Fertilising is important, and choosing the right type of turf fertiliser is the first step.

    Don’t hesitate to contact our team with any of your lawn care questions. You can also explore our range of Turf Tips too.

     

     

     

  • Add around $10 to $15K to your home with our landscaping tips

    January 24th, 2018 | by
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    With all the renovation shows on TV, most Aussies understand that the curb appeal and landscaping of their home can significantly affect the value of their property. This means that when you have decided to put your home on the market, you need to take a long hard look at your home’s curb appeal and landscaping!

    So if you want to make your property more appealing, more sellable and more valuable to buyers, check out our 5 easy landscaping tips that won’t cost a lot of money and can easily be completed in a weekend.

    Revamp your turf

     Whether you have a large expanse of lawn or just a small pocket size lawn, lush green turf is always a hit with buyers. Parents usually want an area of grass where the kids can play and kick a ball around, dog owners like a grassed area for their pets, and then there are buyers who just prefer a beautiful lawn instead of gravel or concrete.

    Lawns with bald & patchy spots, thinning grass and weeds, doesn’t give buyers a very good first impression. So, you either need to repair your grass or dig it all up and replace it with brand new healthy turf. It’s a good idea to talk to your local nursery about repairing your lawn, but this takes time that you might not have available, so it might be best to lay new turf as this gives your home an instant lift.

    Hide unsightly areas

    A great idea to improve the curb appeal of your home is to screen the garbage bins, water tank, pool filter, clothes line and any other such areas from view. You might not have a problem with seeing the garbage bins as you pull into your drive, but this is all about turning your property into a buyer’s dream, so hiding these unsightly areas is a sensible idea.

    You can use lattice screens, clumping bamboo or other large screening plants, all of which add depth and ambiance to your landscaping. A screen with jasmine or wisteria in flower is a beautiful way to make the most out of unsightly spots, hiding them from view and providing buyers with something beautiful to look at instead of the garbage bins!

    Revamp garden beds

     Over time some of your plants will start to look bedraggled, some may die and others need a serious pruning. Untidy garden beds with dead plants, flowers that are past their best and are full of weeds don’t look very inviting to buyers and in fact, give an air of neglect. You can easily fix this problem by adding a few new plants, removing the dead ones and pruning others, all in one weekend. Finish with a fresh layer of good quality mulch from the local timber yard or landscape supplier and your garden beds will look as good as new.

    Add a shady spot

    If your external areas lack a quiet shady spot for people to relax with family and friends, then a quick and inexpensive solution is to install a shade sail over the patio. Building a patio cover is most probably an expense you don’t want to consider at this stage, but a good size shade sail can be picked up for around $500 or less and will make all the difference to your buyers. Another tip is to add a shade sail to the driveway so that buyers can appreciate the additional parking.

    Clean hard surfaces

    Dirty driveways and paths can be a big turn off for buyers, so an easy fix is to spend the weekend water blasting all the external hard surfaces and giving the curb appeal of your home a big boost. If you don’t already own a high-pressure water blaster, you can hire them quite cheaply from your local hardware store.

    For the best turf in Queensland, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.

  • How to stripe your lawn like a professional

    November 15th, 2017 | by
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    You have to admit that when you see a large expanse of healthy, lush green turf that has been striped, you start thinking of ways to achieve it in your own backyard. Striped turf looks so precise, so well-maintained and just so right that you would love to do the same to your lawn.

    A striped lawn is created by the light being reflected off the grass blades, because when the blades are bent backwards they look dark and when bent forwards they look lighter. You can only achieve this effect with cool season grasses that grow from seed, not warm season grasses that grow via rhizome activity.

    Cool season grasses include tall or fine fescue, bent grass, perennial ryegrass and bluegrass and are also known as bunch type grasses or C3 grasses.  So if you have a cool season grass and would like to create an awesome striped lawn, here are the steps you need to follow.

    Buy the right tools

    To stripe your lawn you will need a striping kit for your mower, which you can buy from a good lawnmower shop or even online.  They generally cost around $100 or less and are a cylinder that attaches to the front of your mower to create professional football quality stipes on your lawn while you mow.

    Design and create your stripes

    Most stripes simply go lengthways on the lawn, but you can create whatever type of design you want. For example a curved lawn looks fabulous with a long curved stripe that follows the outline of the lawn while a rectangular lawn will look best with straight up and down stripes. You could also become quite creative and try diagonal stripes or even a checkerboard pattern for added interest and a chance to show off your expertise!

    So once you have attached your striping kit to the mower and if you have chosen straight up and down stripes, you will need to pick a point about 3 meters in front of you or way off in the distance if you have a large lawn. The key to a perfect striped lawn is straight lines, so even if they are curved, the lines must all match and be parallel.

    If you make a mistake, go over the line to make the correction or your whole design will look skewed. So try and find a straight edge to follow (garden edging or a driveway) and looking ahead, mow a straight line from one end of the lawn to the other. When you come to the end of the lawn, make sure to lift the blades as you turn the mower or else your stripes will look all wobbly at the ends and make your turns off the lawn if possible (on a path or driveway).

    Mow back along the side of the line that you have just mowed making sure to keep straight and parallel. If you want to create a checkerboard pattern then simply re-mow in exactly the same way, but at 90 degrees to the original stripes. Other options include mowing lines that are diagonal or at 90 degrees to your house, or even in line with your house or driveway. There are an endless supply of different options, limited only by your imagination. You could even try to recreate one of the crop circles in your backyard!

    Keep your lawn healthy

    For your stripes to look their best you need to maintain your lawn with a good fertilizer and sufficient deep watering to keep it lush and green. A healthy lawn looks spectacular with stripes and will really demonstrate your expertise to all of the neighbours. Remember to not cut the grass to low however, because you will have less blade to reflect the light, so a high cut is more suitable than a low cut.

    For quality and affordable turf on the Sunshine Coast, call Go Turf on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.

  • Keeping your backyard and lawns kid & pet friendly

    November 3rd, 2017 | by
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    Most Aussies love their backyards and take great pleasure in keeping their lawns green and healthy. When you have kids or pets however, you also need to keep your lawns and backyards safe for them, as well as keeping it all looking stylish and well maintained.

    After all, when you have family and friends over for a weekend BBQ, you don’t want bare patches of lawn and dead bushes to be on display. So to help you have the perfect backyard, here are our top 10 tips for keeping your gardens looking good, whilst at the same time being a haven for all members of your family.

    1. Choose the right turf: The best turf for a garden that gets lots of use, particularly if you have a few dogs, will be determined by your location. So if you constantly have bare spots, you can either try using patch seeds or talk to your local turf company about replacing your turf with a type that is hardier and longer lasting.
    2. Choose the right plants: With young children and pets, you need to be careful with the types of plants in your garden. In particular, you need to avoid Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), Liliums, Wandering Jew, Madagascar Jasmin, Oleanders, Daffodil and Tulip bulbs, Toadstools, and Tomato plants, as these are all toxic to either dog or cats.
    3. Pet business: Dogs often use the garden as their toilet, especially if they don’t go for a daily walk. So for everyone’s health, you need to always be vigilant and make sure that you keep the lawns and garden beds clear of faeces at all times.
    4. Avoid toxic chemicals: Many fertilizers and herbicides are very toxic, so always read the accompanying paperwork thoroughly before buying and using these type of preparations. Talking to your turf supplier is a good idea, because they can recommend the best fertilizers for your lawns to keep them healthy and green all year round and safe for your kids and pets.
    5. Aerate the soil: Pets and children can cause tracks to form in your lawn and bald patches to appear, due to constant use that compacts the soil and prevents the grass from growing. If you have noticed this occurring in your lawn, make sure to aerate the soil to reduce the compaction (using s garden fork or commercial aerator) and top dress in spring for a lush, green summer lawn.
    6. Consider garden fences: Many homes have more than one lawn at the rear of the house separated by garden beds. In this case, you might find that it’s a good idea to fence off one of these laws from the dogs, so that you keep one lawn absolutely perfect, whilst the dogs can run around to their heart’s content on the other lawn.
    7. Cover compost: Compost can be full of pathogens, particularly if it is mouldy. If you have a compost barrel aerator, then you should have no problems, but an open compost heap in the garden can be a health hazard to both children and dogs. Always keep it covered and if possible, buy a barrel composter to keep everyone safe from infections.
    8. Don’t forget shady spots: Everyone need some serious shade in the summer, but it’s also necessary for most of the year in Australia. So make sure that you install some large shady trees or big bushes in your garden for your dogs to lie down for a nap and get some well-deserved relief from the direct sun.
    9. Taking care with sandpits: Many parents love the idea of a sandpit for their young children, but if you have dogs or cats then it can turn into a pet’s toilet. Even the neighbour’s cats will jump over the fence to take advantage of your sandpit, so by all means have one installed for your kids, but make sure that it has a cover that can’t be circumvented by dogs and cats.
    10. Water deeply: To keep your lawns green and healthy they will need to be watered deeply, but not more often than once a week. Short, shallow and frequent watering will lead to shallow roots and a lack of nutrients, resulting in poor quality and unhealthy grass. So encourage deep roots with deep watering and enjoy lush grass all year round.

    For quality turf on the Sunshine Coast, call us on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.

  • Beginner’s guide to dethatching your lawn

    October 20th, 2017 | by
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    Thatch is a natural accumulation of dead grass that is broken down over time by microbes in the soil. The problem is that this can sometimes build up too fast for the natural organic processes to break it down. This is when dethatching your lawn is important, because if left for too long, it can form a barrier that prevents air and moisture to reach the grass.

    You should generally think about dethatching your lawn when the thatch has reached a depth of about 1.5cm, but it’s only really beneficial for warm season grasses, such as Buffalo, Couch, Zoysia or Kikuyu that have rhizomes and can recover quickly from the stress of dethatching.

    Cold season grasses that don’t have rhizomes, can often recover from dethatching when a manual rake is used, but can be scalped and may never recover if other methods, such as low mowing, lawn coring, and verti-mowing are used instead.

    Using a rake for dethatching: If your thatch is around 1cm deep and your lawn is not too large, you might find that you can get away with using a long-tined rake to remove the thatch. This is the least harmful way to dethatch a lawn and you can purchase special rakes that have long tines designed specifically to remove thatch from lawns.

    Low cut mowing: As its name implies, low cut mowing is when you mow the lawn at a very low height, much lower than normal. With this method, you are aiming to mow the grass so low that you actually remove the thatch.  You might achieve this in one mow or you might need to follow up with additional mows, lowering the height of the blades each time.  This method is really slow going and hard work, producing a lot of waste matter that needs to be taken to the tip.

    Lawn coring: For this method, you need to hire a lawn coring machine that punches out plugs or cores of soil, thatch, and grass as you move it across the lawn. The result is a lawn covered in hundreds of little holes and is generally used to aerate the soil, but has a side effect of removing some thatch as well. If your soil needs to be aerated and dethatched, lawn coring might be suitable, but with a heavily thatched lawn, it might be best to use one of the other methods. Lawn coring can be another method used for dethatching cool season grasses without rhizomes because they also benefit from aeration as well.

    Verti-mowing: This is actually, the best method for dethatching your lawn for two good reasons. The first is that it is less labour intensive than the other methods, which is always good! The second reason is that it just does the job more effectively than the other methods. Vertimowing involves using a machine that removes the thatch and the grass, leaving the lawn to regenerate from the rhizomes. As you can imagine, a lawn without rhizome growth would simply die if this method was used for dethatching. Another point is that verti-mowing produces a lot of waste, even more than low cut mowing. Most people hire in the experts at this point as it creates a lot of dust in the air and most home-owners are happy to leave this job to someone else!

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