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.
February 14th, 2018 | by chilli
When caring for your lawn, it’s important to care for your tools too. It’s a good idea to give your lawn mower a basic service each year, as maintaining your mower’s tip-top condition can significantly increase its lifespan and improve the condition of your turf too.
One of the biggest issues to avoid? An oil soaked air filter!
In a mower’s lifetime, it can often be difficult to avoid tipping it over to one side (or completely upside down) when carrying out routine maintenance. That’s why it is important to follow a few basic rules to ensure your lawn mower remains in good condition.
Fresh Cut Lawns and A Dash of Oil
Most current model lawn mowers are built with four-stroke engines, meaning that you add oil to a sump, rather than adding oil to the fuel. As if the case with most of your backyard mechanical tools, oil will need to be replaced each year. Oil removal kits are readily available at all good hardware stores; therefore, you get complete your own DIY maintenance in no time and with ease.
Generally speaking, if you do need to tip your mower up for maintenance, it’s typically best to do so with the spark-plug-side facing up to lessen the chance of fuel getting into the cylinder or air filter. As an extra precaution, it is recommended to loosen the spark plug lead to avoid the possibility of the mower starting. Try to limit the amount you need to tip-up the lawn mower so you can comfortably work on/clean the underside without spilling any oil.
Keep Your Mower Moving with Ease
While you’ve got your mower tipped up, take advantage of this opportunity to also change the air filter. This allows the engine on your lawn mower to breathe properly. You could also replace the spark plug and check, sharpen, or replace the mower’s blades. Regular lawn mower maintenance will keep your mower at peak performance (and ensure your grass is well cared for too).
Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast. We pride ourselves on supplying developers, builders, landscapers, home-owners and other turf producers with high quality and amazing value grass suited for South East Queensland conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact our team with any of your lawn care questions. You can also explore our range of Turf Tips too.
November 3rd, 2017 | by chilli
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
October 20th, 2017 | by chilli
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!
For quality turf, supplies and installation, call us on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.
September 13th, 2017 | by chilli
Ready to break a World Record? We are!
To celebrate the glorious start to spring, the Australia Lawn Fanatics group will attempt to break a world record at an event on Sunday 17th September for all turf and landscape lovers, which will raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council and Empower Golf charities.
For those of you who don’t know, Australian Lawn Fanatics are an Australian lawn improvement group, based on social media, that’s an open forum for all grass lovers. It’s full of amazing tips and advice from people who, for lack of a better word, are lawn fanatics. You can find the group on Facebook here.
The event will take place at the Go Turf farm, 434 Mekins Road, Beerburrum. It will start at around 9am and run through until 1pm.
Proceeds from the day will go directly to both the Queensland Cancer Council; and Empower golf, a charity that facilitates and promotes golf for less abled Australians, enhancing physical/mental health and allowing social interaction without barriers. As such a worthwhile causes, Go Turf is happy to be able to support the day and we hope that everyone is able to attend and enjoy the festivities.
There’s going to be a sausage sizzle, a jumping castle, and plenty activities for the kids, as well as loads of turf related information, raffles, and giveaways. Sponsors for the day include GoTurf, who are providing a lawn large enough to mow, Seasol, Lawn Pride, Toro Mowers and more.
The highlight of the day will be the attempt at breaking a world record for the most push mowers being used together, which everyone able will be invited to participate in. Bring your push mower and be part of the Guinness Book of Records!
This truly Australian event will be stand out for all involved, so be sure to bring the whole family along, and don’t forget your push mower!
If you want more information on the event, activities or how you can be involved, get in touch with Australian Lawn Fanatics through their Facebook page, or you can give the team at Go Turf a call on 1300 781 175.
Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast who pride themselves on supplying developers, builders, landscapers, home owners and other turf producers with high quality and amazing value grass suited for South East Queensland conditions.
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.