• The Importance of Laying Turf on Same Day as Delivery

    August 22nd, 2019 | by
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    Laying turf may sound easy. However, the key to the successful installation for lush green grass is all within the preparation. There are a few steps you have to consider before laying turf to ensure its survival within a new environment. So, we’ve written this handy blog to inform you of the urgency and importance for laying your turf on the same day as delivery.

    What is pallet burn?

    Have you ever heard of pallet burn? Pallet burn is a term used to describe the heat stress in which turf slabs endure when left on a delivery pallet for too long. The process of pallet burn begins in the centre of the slab, combined with nitrogen in the leaves, moisture in the soil and the weight of the turf. As a direct result, parts of the turf eventually die off and you are left with unsightly dead patches across your new lawn.

    Why is laying turf a time-critical process?

    There are a few reasons for laying turf in a time-sensitive process. Firstly, most people forget that turf is a living product. This means that it has a short window from harvest to installation before it begins to slowly die. So, laying turf on the same day as delivery will increase its chance for thriving and surviving. We always explain to our customers, the healthier the turf when first laid, the better start to life as your new lawn it will have.

    What are the signs of pallet burn?

     The first sign of pallet burn on your turf order is the presence of semi-circle patches. It’s hard to miss and this is a clear sign that the pallet had begun to combust. Unfortunately, there are no real preventative methods for avoiding this other than laying the turf on the same day as delivery. Preparation is key, so to avoid being out of pocket, we highly recommend laying the turf as soon as possible.

    Do you have a strategic turf laying plan?

    Before the delivery of your new turf, have you considered a strategic turf laying plan? This involves completing any necessary gardening, clearing the ground, performing a soil analysis and making necessary improvements. Not to mention the aftercare post-installation such as mowing, fertilising and upkeeping plans. If you’re unsure of these steps mentioned, take a look at our installation instruction handbook for more information.

    “Correctly preparing your yard for new turf is vital to successful installation and lawn growth”

    If you’re looking to pick up the turf from any farm, we highly recommend that you lay it on the same day. The same rules apply for turf that is delivered to your home or work. Did you know customers of Go Turf can take advantage of our efficient delivery service, straight from our Beerburrum farm to your doorstep? This will ensure you have the freshest turf possible. We also offer next day delivery on orders made before 2 pm, dependant on weather conditions.

    Go Turf is the largest independent turf producer on the Sunshine Coast. Supplying developers, builders, landscapers, homeowners and other turf producers. Call us on 1300 781 175 today and be confident in the quality and service of your brand new, green lawn.

     

  • Spring Fever: How to renew your turf in the blooming season

    October 10th, 2018 | by
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    I think most of us can agree that spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year, especially on the East Coast of Australia. This season is often described as the rebirth, renewal, and awakening of natural flora and fauna. The days are becoming longer, the weather is getting warmer and the time we spend relishing outside grows.

    With this in mind, now is the prime time we should be prepping our lawns as we slowly transition out of the dormant season. With a little bit of work, you can ensure your lawn has a great head-start for the warm summer days to come.

    Give it some food!

    The first tip we can give to you is feeding your lawn with a slow-releasing fertilizer. A slow releasing fertilizer is beneficial for releasing a steady amount of nutrients over 8 – 10 weeks. We recommend our spring blend lawn fertilizer which will ensure your turf stays robust and healthy for the summer season ahead.

    Increase your watering schedule!

    Keeping your turf hydrated will help the slow releasing fertilizer to break down. There is no point in using a good quality fertilizer if there is no water to help settle it in. For maximum absorption, we recommend using our under-lawn fertilizer alongside a regular watering schedule to achieve a lush and full look.

    Let it breathe!

    It’s important to open up the soil underneath your turf. High traffic areas can cause the soil to be heavily compact, therefore reducing moisture retention and nutrient absorption. A handy-tip to aerate the soil is poking your garden fork into the soil or in larger areas using spiked sandals.

    Top dress your lawn!

    Top dressing your lawn will give it a burst of fresh nutrients, even out any holes and make it easier for you to mow. It’s best to mow your turf before applying a quality soil or river-washed sand as it makes for a more even distribution.

    Patch it up!

    Even out your lawn by filling in the bare patches with new turf and replace any dead areas that arise. This will leave you with a fresh and full lawn, that’s also appealing to the eye.

    Weeds must go!

    Ridding your lawn of any weeds (especially bhindis) will save you from a prickly situation. Hand-picking is easy in the smaller scaled garden however in large areas it’s best to use a herbicide. Be aware that you are using the right type of herbicide for your lawn variety. If you’re unsure then please feel free to contact one of our specialists.

    Prep your lawn mower!

    Servicing your gardening equipment is just as important as taking care of your turf. Checking your lawn mower for any broken or overused parts will save you time and money. Sharpening your mower blades will impact the neatness and health of your turf as well as ensuring your tools are running at peak performance. Consider lowering your mowing blades to suit the season. Longer days mean increased sun exposure and lawn growth!

    By following these handy tips you can ensure that your turf will be in tip-top shape for the growing season ahead. Not only that, but you can also save yourself some serious $$$ and days spent in the Australian heat fixing problems that could have been avoided.

    If you have any questions or need any further tips to help prepare your turf this spring, the local and friendly team at Go Turf are happy to help! We are the biggest (and best) turf suppliers servicing the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Give us a call on 1300 781 175. Need some turf? Get a free quote or use our online calculator to find out our competitive prices.

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