August 24th, 2017 | by chilli
A lot of us spend a considerable about of time caring for and watering our plants. While the majority of the time, the sun is a great friend to our plant life, it can also dry out your plants and soil through evaporation. As a way to combat this issue and keep your plants and soil moist for longer, we use mulch.
What is mulch?
Mulch is an organic matter that’s spread over your garden beds and surrounding plants in order to protect your plant life and soil and well as support healthy growth in your garden.
The best mulches are generally organic and can come from a variety of garden and food by-products, which we will cover below.
Mulching has many benefits, including:
- Reducing the water loss from your soil through evaporation
- Weed prevention of up to 50-70%
- Controlling soil erosion
- Reducing need for chemical sprays
- Increases biological activity in soil, e.g. worms and good bacteria
- Improves plant health
- Improves the appearance of your garden
What to use
- Compost material is highly beneficial for your garden’s plants and soil. Generally, the older the better as broken down compost has a higher level of nutrients.
- Old wood chips, such as pine or eucalyptus. The wood chips will need to be old, as fresh woodchips can strip your soil of nitrogen.
- Dry leaves, lawn clippings or plant material (twigs and thin branches can be shredded using a lawn mower)
- Straw and hay.
When it comes to mulch, bigger is better. Coarse mulches are proven to be much more effective at allowing water to pass through the mulch and into the soil, whereas finer mulches tend to absorb a substantial amount of water themselves, reducing the amount available for the soil. Generally speaking, mulch material should be at least 5mm in size for the best results.
BYO is best
Using a compost bin and making your own high-nutrient mulch requires little effort from you, but saves a lot of energy cost from transportation as well as money to buy pre-made mulch from a store. Allow the mulch to mature for a few weeks before applying it to your plants
Prepare your soil for mulching
For the best results from your mulching efforts, ensure the area your garden area is free from weeds and wet the soil prior to laying your mulch down. Apply your mulch to a depth of around 75mm and avoid mulching right up to tree trunks or plant stems as the mulch can cause rotting or burn the plants.
Mulching is an effective way to improve the health and moisture or your soil and plants, creating a luscious and appealing garden for your yard. Mulching is accessible to us all (with a little effort), and it not only saves water, and therefore saves us money. But it’s a great excuse to get out in the yard and into the sunshine. For more tips on how to care for your yard and turf or improving the look and feel of your backyard, visit the Go Turf website or find us on Facebook here.
August 17th, 2017 | by chilli
We all know the story… Despite wanting a luscious backyard, ready for weekend BBQ’s and entertaining, life gets ahead of us and the yard starts to, well, show the neglect. Having a green and inviting lawn doesn’t need to be a difficult or time-consuming task. We know that between kids, work and other household chores, you’re busy, so we thought we would share some tips on maintaining your lawn with minimal time and effort.
Watering doesn’t have to take hours, and it doesn’t have to be every day. You have two options here. Those wanting to save time and avoid the task of watering altogether could opt for an automatic watering system. This tactic has the cost of buying a system and the effort of installing (or having someone install it for you) but then you can sit back and know your lawn will take care of itself. On the other hand, and a cheaper option is spending a bit of time watering your lawn, around 2.5cm evenly across the lawn and only when necessary. By only watering your lawn when the blades are starting to curl or yellow, and you know there’s no rain on the horizon, you will encourage a stronger and deeper root system, which ensures your lawn consistently becomes more drought tolerant.
Mowing less often is actually good for your lawn as it reduces the stress on your turf. Your grass will be in a dormant phase during the cooler months and won’t grow as quickly as in the warmer months, and having longer grass can protect your grass from things such as frost. Even in the hot summer months, leaving your grass a little longer can protect your soil from the sun’s rays and dehydration. The key is only to mow when you absolutely need to and never cut off more than a third of the grass leaf.
While fertilising isn’t an everyday task, it should be done at least 2-4 times a year, specifically at the start of each growing phase. The high-quality nutrients of a fertiliser with bioactive bacteria solutions for soil conditioning, such as the GoTurf Pro Seaweed Solution, will keep your lawn looking lush all year-round.
At Go Turf, turf is our life and we strive to deliver the best quality turf and fertilising solutions to our customers. For more tips on caring for your yard and turf or how you can improve the look and feel of your backyard, visit the Go Turf website or find us on Facebook here.
August 7th, 2017 | by chilli
Having a lush green lawn is basically the Australian dream. With weekend BBQ’s, kids’ parties and that feeling of walking around barefoot in the grass, the benefits of have a beautiful green lawn might seem endless, and it’s because they are. To show you what we mean, below are even more reasons why turf is the best choice for you home.
It’s good for the environment
Turf improves water quality. Water that’s filtered through grass is said to be at least 10 times less acidic than run off from hard surfaces, improving the quality of the water. Research also found that 232 of turf absorbs enough carbon dioxide (CO2) and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year. This added oxygen in the air is beneficial to our health, as well as the plants and animals around us. It also works to offset emissions in the air such as from our car and buildings around us.
It reduces noise
Grass absorbs sound is reported to reduce roadside noise by up to 40%. This means a grass front and backyard can reduce noise from the street and from the neighbours, making your home even quieter and relaxing after a long day at work.
It’s good for your mental health
Green spaces and clean air are noted to alleviate stress, induce relaxation and creativity, and just improve your mood. Backyards and always a welcome retreat after a busy day, and when you have a lush green lawn to sink your feet into, it produces a soothing and calm reaction from your body.
It cools your house & protects from fire
The average front lawn has a cooling effect equal to two air conditioners. This one is especially relevant for our hot Australian summers. Healthy turf is cooler than any alternative in the hot sun. It’s 30 degrees cooler than cement or pavers and 14 degrees cooler than straight soil. Turf acts as a fire break, which reduces the risk of fires starting or spreading around your house, property or neighbourhood.
It’s perfect for kids
There’s nothing better for kids than running around and playing on the beautiful soft grass together. Not only that, but grass offers children a much safer environment for running, rolling and tripping over. As mentioned in an earlier point, grass is also much more gentle on children with allergies such as asthma as there is fewer pollutants and dust in the air. Having a safe and green backyard for your children, or grandchildren, to explore has shown to improve their creativity and confidence with growing up.
You’ll breathe easier
Having turf around your home improves air quality. It filters out the minuscule particles of dirt and dust that float around in the air, as well as trapping smoke and other air pollutants that might be present. These particles and pollutants can lead to irritated eyes, allergies and breathing difficulties, especially in children. Research has shown that grass traps around 12 million tonnes of dust each year. As an added benefit, a turf yard means less dust on the windows, the roof and the floors around your home.
Not sure which grass to buy?
Turf is an important part of the iconic Australian backyard, and it can last a lifetime, so it pays to do your homework when choosing a turf that’s right for your soil conditions, your location and your needs.
At Go Turf, are the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast, supply high-quality turf to developers, builders, landscapers, home owners and other turf producers across the region. Contact our team today for all your turf requirements or any questions you have.