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.
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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!
May 28th, 2018 | by chilli
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
April 11th, 2018 | by chilli
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.
Image Source: Empire Turf
February 21st, 2018 | by chilli
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.