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!
July 25th, 2019 | by chilli
Many people would believe that spring is the best time to lay new turf because everything is bursting to grow, however, that’s not quite the case! In our opinion, autumn is the best time to lay new turf because it’s a season when plants drop their seeds, put all their energy into growing new roots. Turf thrives off healthy roots, which is one of the few reasons why autumn is our favourite season for laying new grass. Continue reading our blog if you’d like to learn more about laying and maintaining turf in Autumn.
Autumn offers the perfect weather for laying new turf
Autumn is the best time of year to lay new turf as the air temperature is much cooler, giving you more time to lay your new lawn once it arrives at your property. Whilst it is crucial that you lay your new turf upon its arrival to avoid pallet burn and rotting, the summer and winter seasons are a much harsher time for installation. We recommend keeping an eye on the weather, as your new lawn will need regular watering for at least the first week (if it doesn’t rain). Throughout the hotter seasons, however, we would recommend a much deeper soak, over a few weeks to avoid it from drying out.
Autumn offers the Ideal soil conditions for laying new turf
During autumn, the temperature of the soil isn’t too hot or too cold, providing new roots with plenty of encouragement to dig deep into the soil. It’s always best to add a few inches of good quality topsoil with organic matter to your ground, prior to laying your new lawn, as this provides a good substrate for the lawn and encourages the growth of roots.
You might also need to improve your soil quality to give your lawn the best chance of establishing itself because the deeper and faster the roots can grow, the more drought-resistant your new lawn will be. Plants put a lot of energy into their root systems during the autumn season, so it makes sense to leverage this natural growth and give yourself the best chance of establishing an awesome lawn by spring.
We highly recommend using our Autumn Blend Lawn Fertiliser to support your turf going into the cooler months. This special blend feeds and strengthens your lawn for up to 3 months which will result in better lawn health and less mowing during the autumn and winter months.
Autumn is the best time to work outdoors
Most of us look forward to working in the garden during autumn, simply because the weather is comfortable to be in throughout the day. This is a time where we can help our garden the most to gather its strength during the winter season, ready for a burst of beautiful blooms in spring.
The uncomfortable heat during our Queensland summer and crisp temperatures throughout our winter can make installing turf during these seasons difficult. Laying your new turf in autumn is one of our more important tips, as it helps to establish your lawn quickly, creating a lovely lush expanse of grass in the springtime.
The perfect season to lay your new lawn is in autumn when all the stars align to give your turf the very best opportunity to establish itself. If you need quality turf for your garden, call us on 1300 781 175 or send us an email today.
October 10th, 2018 | by chilli
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.