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!
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 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.
January 24th, 2018 | by chilli
With all the renovation shows on TV, most Aussies understand that the curb appeal and landscaping of their home can significantly affect the value of their property. This means that when you have decided to put your home on the market, you need to take a long hard look at your home’s curb appeal and landscaping!
So if you want to make your property more appealing, more sellable and more valuable to buyers, check out our 5 easy landscaping tips that won’t cost a lot of money and can easily be completed in a weekend.
Revamp your turf
Whether you have a large expanse of lawn or just a small pocket size lawn, lush green turf is always a hit with buyers. Parents usually want an area of grass where the kids can play and kick a ball around, dog owners like a grassed area for their pets, and then there are buyers who just prefer a beautiful lawn instead of gravel or concrete.
Lawns with bald & patchy spots, thinning grass and weeds, doesn’t give buyers a very good first impression. So, you either need to repair your grass or dig it all up and replace it with brand new healthy turf. It’s a good idea to talk to your local nursery about repairing your lawn, but this takes time that you might not have available, so it might be best to lay new turf as this gives your home an instant lift.
Hide unsightly areas
A great idea to improve the curb appeal of your home is to screen the garbage bins, water tank, pool filter, clothes line and any other such areas from view. You might not have a problem with seeing the garbage bins as you pull into your drive, but this is all about turning your property into a buyer’s dream, so hiding these unsightly areas is a sensible idea.
You can use lattice screens, clumping bamboo or other large screening plants, all of which add depth and ambiance to your landscaping. A screen with jasmine or wisteria in flower is a beautiful way to make the most out of unsightly spots, hiding them from view and providing buyers with something beautiful to look at instead of the garbage bins!
Revamp garden beds
Over time some of your plants will start to look bedraggled, some may die and others need a serious pruning. Untidy garden beds with dead plants, flowers that are past their best and are full of weeds don’t look very inviting to buyers and in fact, give an air of neglect. You can easily fix this problem by adding a few new plants, removing the dead ones and pruning others, all in one weekend. Finish with a fresh layer of good quality mulch from the local timber yard or landscape supplier and your garden beds will look as good as new.
Add a shady spot
If your external areas lack a quiet shady spot for people to relax with family and friends, then a quick and inexpensive solution is to install a shade sail over the patio. Building a patio cover is most probably an expense you don’t want to consider at this stage, but a good size shade sail can be picked up for around $500 or less and will make all the difference to your buyers. Another tip is to add a shade sail to the driveway so that buyers can appreciate the additional parking.
Clean hard surfaces
Dirty driveways and paths can be a big turn off for buyers, so an easy fix is to spend the weekend water blasting all the external hard surfaces and giving the curb appeal of your home a big boost. If you don’t already own a high-pressure water blaster, you can hire them quite cheaply from your local hardware store.
For the best turf in Queensland, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.
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.