July 1st, 2021 | by chilli
A variety of Winter weeds begin to germinate in the cooler months, this can undo all the hard work that you put into your lawn throughout the warmer months. We’d recommend getting outside this season and treating your lawn to a little bit of TLC by ridding it of weeds. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a guide for the most common winter weeds and how you can remove them.
Winter Grass (Poa Annua) is a common Winter weed identified by its soft, drooping green leaves. This week is a low-growing turf grass that grows in tufts with triangular seeds. This common weed is notorious for growing and spreading throughout Winter. Winter grass spreads by dropping its seeds into soil and waiting for the next Winter to make a comeback.
This weed doesn’t have deep roots and grows in clusters making it simple to remove from your turf. Utilising a combination of a pre-emergent combined with a selective Winter Grass Killer should remove of your Winter Grass problem.
Binidiis are quite possibly the worst Winter weed! These weeds are a low growing active weed that has a flower at its centre. At maturity, these weeds produce a prickly seed pod that can cause pain when you stand on them with your bare feet!
Bindiis can be removed by hand (remember to wear gloves to avoid the prickles) otherwise, another great option is applying a selective broadleaf herbicide. This will help eliminate those pesky weeks through all weed types (you may need to do the application twice).
Broadleaf weeds and clover
Broadleaf winter weeds are the most noticeable Winter weeds due to their size. A lush lawn with dense coverage should help prevent these weeds from sprouting. However, turf is generally less active during the Winter so it’s common for these weeds to make an appearance during this time.
We’d recommend utilising an All Purpose Weed Control to rid these weeds from your lawn. All Purpose Weed Control, is a ready to use herbicide agent developed for home lawns and can control a variety of common lawn weeds.
This weed is characterised by its small, light green leaves that are shaped like a heart. It’s similar in appearance to a clover and produce small, bright yellow flowers. Creeping Oxalis, is a weed that spreads quickly along the surface of soil producing roots from its leaves. When its seeds mature, they burst causing them to cover your lawn.
You can help treat this winter weed by using a selective herbicide. This type of weed treatment will remove the spreading on all lawn types.
Now that you know how to identify and remove these Winter weeds it’s time for you to get outside and tackle your weed problem this season!
If you’d like more Winter lawn tips, follow the link to read our blog to ensure your lawn thrives this season. If you’re in the market for new turf, then look no further. Here at GoTurf we provide a wide range of lawn varieties to suit all your turf needs. Contact our team for a quote today!
June 4th, 2021 | by chilli
With Winter just around the corner it’s only natural for us to want to confide in the warmth and coziness in our homes. This often means that we stop taking advantage of the beautiful backyards that we’ve spent all Summer maintaining! Here at GoTurf, we believe that you should make the most of alfresco living all year round so here are our Winter tips for revamping and maintaining your outdoor areas.
Invest in a fire pit
Create an outdoor space that is toasty and inviting with a fire pit. Fire pits make a great centrepiece and are sure to keep you and your guests warm throughout the chilly season. From lightweight metal dishes to secured stone-work wells, there’s a vast array of fire pits that can personalise your outdoor decor to not only keep you warm but encourage conversation and roast marshmallows with your friends.
Revamp your outdoor living space
A simple and effective way to revamp your outdoor living space is to add accessories! Adding accessories to any outdoor area is an inexpensive way to create a stylish space for your backyard in Winter. As the cool weather sets in, we’d suggest investing in large cushions and a cozy throw blanket to keep you warm and comfy when you want to spend time outdoors. If you love to entertain, external blinds are a must have! This feature enhances your living space by protecting you from the cool wind and rain during Winter.
Add some colour
A great way to create an appealing backyard space in the Winter months is to add some colour! Flowers are a great addition to any outdoor area, so we’d recommend getting your hands dirty and planting a few species that will enhance your space. There are a few varieties that bloom during the Winter including: Lavender and Pansies. So get gardening and create a colourful outdoor oasis this Winter.
Keep your lawn in shape
During the Winter humidity and rainfall can result in lawn diseases such as Winter fusarium, brown patches or fungal diseases like Anthracnose. To protect your lawn this Winter, it’ll need special care! There are a few ways that you can care for your lawn this Winter including:
- Mowing regularly to maintain a build up of thatch
- Minimising the number of times you water your lawn
- Using a soil wetting agent to promote soil penetration
- Using a specialised fungicide to control common fungal diseases
- Feeding your grass with fertiliser to keep it lush and thriving
If your lawn needs a little more than TLC this Winter, we’d recommend laying new turf! Here at GoTurf we offer a variety of lawn to suit any backyard. Head to our website today and find out how we can help!
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.
November 24th, 2020 | by chilli
Image: Adventure Awaits
It’s no secret that prying the kids away from screens to get some time outdoors can be tough. Lawn games are a great way to get the kids outside to have some fun with the whole family.
The beauty of these lawn games is that they can be enjoyed by big kids and little kids alike (the big kids can also play them with a beer in hand). So fire up the BBQ, grab your favourite beverage and invite the neighbours around – these lawn games are sure to be a hit with all ages.
Lawn game 1 – Finska
Based on a traditional Finnish log-tossing lawn game, Finska is played in two teams with up to eight players. Players take turns throwing a log at pins standing vertically on the lawn and points are assigned to each pin. The aim of the game is to be the first team to get to fifty points, without going over fifty points. Requiring strategy, hand-eye coordination and mathematical skill, Finska will keep the kids entertained for hours. Finska is best played on a lawn that is flat and healthy as lawns with holes or divets will make it difficult to stand the pins up straight. If your backyard is not lawn game ready, check out our blog on the most common summer lawn problems and how to fix them.
Lawn game 2 – Cornhole
The objective of the game is simple: throw a bean-bag filled with corn into a hole. The result is an addictive game that’s perfect for the whole family. Cornhole is played with two boards placed at either end of the lawn. The boards each have a hole in them and teams take turns throwing their bag at the other team’s board. Teams receive three points for getting the bag into the cornhole and one point if the bag hits the board. Simple yet so much fun!
Lawn game 3 – Croquet
While croquet may conjure up images of lord and ladies eating cucumber sandwiches on the lawn, it’s actually a game that everyone can play! Played by two to six players, a course of six hoops are set up on the lawn. Croquet is played in two teams and players take turns hitting the ball through the hoops. The game’s objective is to be the first team to complete the course. Give croquet a go and get the family outside for a lovely afternoon (cucumber sandwiches are optional).
Lawn game 4 – Giant Jenga
Giant Jenga: just like regular Jenga but bigger, better and made for outdoor fun! Rectangular blocks of wood are set up in a tower formation. You will need a flat surface for this, so find a level object to stack the blocks if you’re playing on the lawn. Each player selects a block to try to remove from the tower. The block that was removed then must be placed on top of the tower without knocking it over. It’s nail-biting fun for the whole family, just make sure you’re not under the blocks when the tower falls!
So there you have it, lawn games that will offer hours of fun for the whole family these summer holidays. If you’re after a backyard game that is a little more active, check out our blog on the ultimate guide to backyard cricket.
Looking to get your lawn in shape for some backyard family fun? Contact Go Turf today for a quote or speak to our friendly team on 1300 781 175.
November 17th, 2020 | by chilli
Image: Better Homes and Gardens (Jay Wilde)
Each spring and summer, you may find your luscious green lawn has been afflicted by unwelcome lawn grubs. These pests can be particularly aggressive on your lawn after heavy rainfall during the warmer months. Fear not though! As long as you act quickly, you can defend your lawn and eradicate these unwelcome visitors. Follow these simple tips to ensure that your lawn is grub-free and ready for the festive season.
Lawn grub symptoms
When lawn grubs infest your lawn, they attack and damage your turf’s root system. This diminishes your lawn’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients, leaving it dry, brown, and generally looking a little worse for wear.
Common signs you have a lawn grub issue
- Brown patches that continue to spread across your lawn
- Increased bird activity (grubs are a great snack for them)
- A “spongy” lawn
Once you have identified these symptoms, there are a few ways you can confirm the presence of lawn grubs in your lawn. Symptoms such as brown patches can also be in indication that water is not reaching the deep roots of your grass, read our blog on how to create a thriving deep root system to find out more.
Lawn Grub Test #1
Take a wet towel or hessian sack and leave it on the lawn overnight. In the morning, lift it up and see if any grubs have come to the surface.
Lawn Grub Test #2
Grab a bucket of soapy water, pour it over the part of the affected area, and wait for about 10 minutes. If grubs have infested the area, you will see them on your lawn.
So the tests are in and it’s official – you’ve got a grub problem. What next? Here is when immediate action needs to be taken. The faster you deal with these pests, the less damage they will have done to your lawn.
Preventing and treating lawn grubs
Firstly, the best defense from lawn grubs is prevention. Now is the perfect time to protect your lawn from these pesky grubs. At Go Turf, we recommend Acelepryn GR, which provides safe and effective control of lawn grubs and has minimum impacts on the environment and non-target organisms, such as bees and earthworms. Win-win!
Our two biggest tips for treating lawn grubs are:
- Apply the treatment as late in the day as possible (or at night), as this will be when the adults are active.
- Re-apply the treatment again after two weeks. This is especially important because eggs can take two to five weeks to hatch. A re-application at this point will ensure that any missed eggs or grubs are eliminated.
Lawn grub infestations can happen to any lawn variety and sometimes occurs several times a season, which is why prevention is key. Acelepryn GR is a fantastic solution that can be spread across your lawn and protect it for up to six months.
If you want more information on defeating lawn grubs or any other lawn condition, contact our team for expert advice. If you would like a quote for top-notch turf straight from our Beerburrum Farm, call us on 1300 871 175 or request a quote online.
October 2nd, 2019 | by chilli
At Go Turf, we believe there’s nothing more important than a healthy soil foundation for your turf to thrive. Nutrient rich soil and good quality compost is key for injecting healthy micro-organisms and bacteria into your soil. With the organic-lawn care trend steadily growing throughout Australia, we thought we’d fill you in on the benefits of using organic compost to top dress your lawn this spring.
Top dressing is a process of spreading a thin layer of topsoil mixture (often sand and blended top dress mix) to the surface of your lawn to revitalise or repair suffering landscape areas. Now, we’re not suggesting that you throw your vegetable peels and fruit cores straight onto the grass when referring to ‘organic compost’. However, when done correctly, the growing compost pile is growing in your backyard can be used to top dress your lawn. Of course, this is once the compost pile has broken down into a soft, dark and crumbly soil mixture. Similar to the photo pictured below.
Organic Compost Benefits
1. Nutrient Rich
Did you know that organic compost hosts more bacteria and microorganisms than most products on the market? These nutrients are essential for helping your turf to fight off diseases, pests and increase water retention. Organic fertiliser mixtures are well known to reduce turf’s susceptibility to compaction, thus increasing water absorption. The upcoming summer is always a stressful time for living organisms, including turf. So, using a water retaining top dress on your lawn is highly favourable this time of year.
2. Microbes Thrive
Another benefit to using organic compost is that it encourages the healthy microbes in your lawn’s soil to thrive! Organic compost hosts an array of natural chemical compositions including:
- Carbon Dioxide
These natural chemicals are all very good for turf as it helps to feed the important microbes living within the soil. More often than not, synthetic or pre-made topsoils do not have the density or the presence of these chemicals. So, next time you’re looking to top dress your lawn, opt to use your organic compost heap as a nutrient rich alternative.
3. Reduce Costs
If you’re looking to reduce the costs of lawn care, why not try organic composting? The decomposing process may take anywhere from 3 to 4 months; however, you will be surprised at the amount of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps you will accumulate! Save yourself a few hundred dollars and start investing in organic composting.
Top dressing your turf with compost
Now, you’re probably wondering how you would top dress your lawn using organic compost. Using a shovel and a rake, we recommend that you throw the compost over the chosen area. Then evenly spread the compost on your turf, aiming to have a thickness of about 1cm. Don’t be afraid that your turf doesn’t look nice today, because after a few days the compost will barely be noticeable. Aim to top dress the turf about twice a year to maintain a healthy and happy lawn throughout every season.
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!
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.
Image Source: Empire Turf
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.
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!