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!
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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.