August 22nd, 2019 | by chilli
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.
June 26th, 2017 | by chilli
Whether you have just built a new house, are selling your property, or just want to spruce up your tired looking back yard, new grass has huge appeal and can transform an outdoor space. A lot of people are under the impression that you can’t lay grass during the cooler months, when in fact the opposite is true! Not only is laying grass in winter possible, but it actually has a lot of benefits.
It needs less water
Keeping the lawn well hydrated is essential while the new turf is being established. No matter the season, daily watering is important. However, in winter your lawn won’t dry out as quickly and the weather will often work in your favour, saving you time and money on your water bill.
It has time to grow
During winter it can take the grass longer to become established (approximately four weeks); however, these conditions provide the ideal time to prepare and lay your new grass. As foot traffic, furniture and family pets can all cause damage to your new lawn while it’s being established, it’s beneficial for the turf to be generally left alone. It’s recommended that during the first four to six weeks of your new grass being laid you refrain from mowing so that you don’t disrupt the grass taking root and settling.
It will be ready in time for Summer
By having your grass laid and established in winter, it has months to develop and mature its root system before a potentially harsh and hot summer season rolls around. In summer, your lawn will be looking it’s very best and ready for hours or outdoor fun and entertainment (who doesn’t love back yard cricket?!).
While laying your lawn yourself is possible, it’s always advisable to seek professional help. Turf and lawn professionals have the knowledge to help you choose the most suitable grass variety for your climate and soil. They can look after every aspect of the project from preparing the soil and laying the new grass, to rolling, cleaning up and providing ongoing advice, so that your backyard can look lush and new. All you have to worry about is the BBQ for summer.
Need turf? At GoTurf, we make the process easy! Call us today and be confident in the quality and service of your brand new, green lawn.
April 18th, 2017 | by Go Turf
Autumn is an interesting time of year for gardens, especially in Australia, where our autumn is can be quite warm. It is the best time to prepare your lawn for winter and sets the condition for the year ahead. Here are some techniques, tips and information regarding your lawn care this autumn.
Like most things in life, prevention is better (and easier) than the cure, this is the same with your lawn. Autumn is a crucial time to keep on top of your lawn mowing.
- Mowing regularly prevents weeds from seeding and spreading throughout your lawn. Mowing off the excess grass length alleviates the stress of on your lawn and encourages the lawn to become thicker as a result.
- Each type of category of grass has a recommended length, which you should maintain for optimal lawn growth and health. So, make sure you understand the approximate height for your lawn. If in doubt, give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.
- However, leaving your lawn a little longer for winter helps protect it against frost. If the ends are burnt or killed by frost, just take the affected top layer off when you mow next.
There are numerous factors that affect how often you’ll need to water your lawn, which includes your areas climate, lawn variety and its drought tolerance, your soil type etc. Regardless of those variables, here are some basic watering rules.
- Less frequent, yet deeper soakings is the golden rule of watering. Just spraying your hose across your lawn for a couple minutes every second day will not benefit your lawn nearly as much as the once or twice a week deep soaks. Watering your lawn for a longer period of time allows the water to drain through the soil profile to the deepest level. Once the water reaches the deeper level, the roots seek it out, which develops a strong root system.
- Best time to water = early morning. This is because less water is lost through evaporation.
- Simple hydration test. To figure out whether your lawn is getting enough water, just grab a screwdriver and push it into your lawn. Be careful not to hit any pipes (obviously). However, the easier the screwdriver goes in/how far it can go in will indicate the soil hydration. The further/easier it goes in the more hydrated your lawn is. If it is really hydrated, don’t bother watering for a while as over watering is bad for your lawn and your finances.
Fertilising is the third ingredient for the perfect autumn lawn. This is the step that can make the biggest difference to your lawn. Due to the south-east Queensland climate (which doesn’t get too cold unlike some other parts of Australia), we are able to fertilise in autumn and winter. At GoTurf, we care about the condition of your lawn all year round. So we have developed a fertiliser specifically to care for your lawn during autumn and leading into winter.
Autumnblend for autumn care
We have noticed lawns tend to suffer in Winter if they aren’t fertilised in autumn. Autumn really sets a garden up for winter, it’s the time to lay the groundwork so your garden survives through Winter.
GoTurf has developed a fertiliser to help not only prepare and protect your lawn this winter but be the catalyst for its growth and greenness. Autumnblend, GoTurf’s new fertiliser, encourages strong root growth and beautiful winter colour. Ensuring your lawn maintains a shade of green through winter.
Autumnblend’s main ingredients include nitrogen, potassium and sulphate.
- Potassium is a slow release nutrient, which helps to protect your lawn coming into the colder winter months. Potassium increases plant cells health and structure.
- Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for the dark green vertical growth of grass. This also makes it the fix to wilting and yellow grass. It is an instant lawn pick me up. Nitrogen helps optimises health, which makes the grass less susceptible to diseases.
- Sulphur is included to help the turf grass create the enzymes and proteins they need. The sulphur gets broken down by natural bacteria colonies into sulfuric acid, which the grass absorbs through its roots when needed.
For any more information or more technical information, about our Autumnblend fertiliser please contact us we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
Autumn is an essential time of year to prepare your lawn and garden for winter. Follow the easy tips about mowing, watering and fertilising to make sure your backyard looks it’s best this autumn! Give us a call on 1300 781 175 for all autumn lawn queries!