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.
August 23rd, 2018 | by chilli
It might seem simple enough, I mean, grass is grass right? Not really.. Certain turf types can thrive or take a dive in your backyard depending on how much direct sun your yard gets, your soil type, where you live and more. We thought we would put together a handy guide on the types of turf, their characteristics and their benefits so that you can choose the most suitable turf for your home. However, if you would rather speak to our team about your requirements you can also call us on 1800 959 176 and we can help you find the perfect turf for you at the best price.
An Australian grown turf breed, Sapphire Buffalo has a soft and fine-textured leaf, making it lovely under foot. Known for being a fast growing turf, it will recover quickly from excessive wear, making it ideal for household lawns and recreational areas. Thanks to its deep system, Sapphire Buffalo will keep a nice, green colour throughout the winter months. People often refer on Sapphire Buffalo as the ‘street-envy’ turf, thanks to its truly deep, rich green colouring. As Sapphire Buffalo turf tolerates shade and cold quite well, it’s an excellent choice for coastal and inland regions. Yet another benefit of Sapphire is less seed (39% less than other Buffalo turf varieties) making it a great choice for people who suffer from allergies as there will be less seed in the air when mowing etc.
Wintergreen Couch is a hybrid green couch that, such like its name suggests, retains its colour really well throughout the year and has a fine, dense foliage, making it a common choice. It is perfect for families who want a durable yet soft lawn at an economic price. It has produces slightly higher seed head and has a finer leaf than other couch varieties, giving it a lush, dense turf surface. Wintergreen is used extensively in home lawns, council parks and housing estates ad is the most common choice in Queensland. Wintergreen couch prefers full sun, so if you have a shady backyard you should consider another turf variety.
Empire Zoysia is extremely durable and easy to look after. It has excellent wear tolerance and thrives in heat and humidity, making it the most suitable turf for our South East Queensland climate. Zoysia grows well in the shade and will generally out-compete weeds once established. One of the biggest benefits of Empire Zoysia is that it generally needs less watering and less mowing than any other turf variety in Australia. It’s also labelled as a drought tolerant lawn, making it a great choice for those of us who live in a drier area or have a knack for ignoring the lawn.
If you live in an area with a higher salt level soil, such as near the ocean, Nara Native turf may be the best choice for you. It is low maintenance and very salt tolerant with a beautiful fine texture that’s lush under foot. It’s quick to establish, requires little maintenance such as mowing or edging and rarely gets pests of diseases. Extremely well suited to humid and dry climates and although can show signs of rust in wet winters and colder areas, it will tolerate them well and affected areas will generally be camouflaged in the mature leaves.
We are the biggest (and best) turf supplier servicing the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. So whether you need a lot or just a little, the friendly, local team at Go Turf can 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.
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July 17th, 2018 | by chilli
Mark and Sue Irwin spent 12 months building their perfect home, but by the time they finished, they didn’t have money left over for the lawn. So, they entered our Go Turf ‘Turf Wars 2’ competition and were lucky enough to win!
Check out the video below and see what they have to say about the team at Go Turf and their brand new Empire Zoysia lawn!
July 17th, 2018 | by chilli
It’s something that’s easily neglected, especially during the cooler months, but keeping your mower blades sharp will have a huge impact on your lawn. Dull and worn out blades will rip and pull your grass, leaving frayed and damaged lawn. We have spoken before about how to maintain your mower, but we thought we would delve deeper and highlight the importance of keeping your mowers blades sharp and ready. Using the few simple steps we have included below, you can have your mowers blades in top condition and a cleaner cut (mowing stripes, anyone?) and better quality lawn all year round.
First and Foremost: Make sure that before you begin working on your mower you remove the spark plug! Any motor rotation during the operation could start the engine, which can be very dangerous for you and anyone around you.
Step one: Remove the blade
To start with you will need to loosen and remove the bolt that holds the blade in place. If your mower is older or a little rusty, you may need to apply some lubricant and wait a few minutes until it’s loose enough to remove.
Before you remove the blade, it pays to mark it somehow (spray paint or a marker will suffice) so that you know the correct way to reinstall it. If it’s not put back on the correct way, it won’t cut!
Step two: Check the blade
Once you have removed the blade from the mower, it’s time to check for any rust or excessive wear. See if you need to sharpen the blade or even replace it. Any minor rust on the blade can be remedied using steel wool and a little elbow grease. It pays to have a spare mower blade in your garage or shed so that you can alternate between the two or just have a replacement on hand if necessary.
Step three: Sharpen the mower blade
While angle grinders are much faster at sharpening mower blades, they allow you must less control and carry the risk of damaging the blade by overheating it. We think one of the best ways to sharpen your mower blades is by hand with a hand file, which gives you must more control over your work. As always when working with any sharp objects, take the utmost care and use protective clothing if possible.
Step four: Make sure the blade is balanced
After sharpening your blades, you’ll need to make sure that both sides of the blades are balanced. This can be done by tacking a nail to the wall and handing the blade from its centre point. If the blade is dipping to one side, you’ll need to file more off that edge on the non-cutting side. Repeat this process until the blade sits equally balanced.
Step five: Reinstall blade on your mower
Using the mark you made earlier, put the blade back into your mower and fasten the bolt into place. You need to make sure the bolt is firmly tightened as a loose blade will affect the engines timing and therefore the mowers ability to start when it comes time to mow your lawn.
Your mower blade should be checked every 6 months or so to make sure it’s in good working (and mowing) order. If not, your grass will pay the price! If you are ready to take your lawn to the next level, call Go Turf, the largest turf supplier on the Sunshine Coast and your local turf experts.
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.
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March 26th, 2018 | by chilli
Nothing beats the feeling of soft, spongey grass under your feet in your own backyard. Not only is grass the perfect choice for your backyard, but it has a powerhouse of environmental benefits too. A turfed backyard can help reduce air-conditioning costs by naturally cooling our homes, and provide a fantastic space for kids to play and adults to relax.
Similar to trees, lawns remove carbon dioxide from the air and create massive quantities of fresh, clean oxygen for us to breathe. Because of the expanse of our lawns, grass can have a phenomenal effect – removing more carbon from our polluted city air than all our trees and shrubs combined! That’s why maintaining your perfect, lush lawns is one of the greatest environmental actions we can take to reducing our household carbon footprint.
Our soils, lawns and gardens play are a vital component of our inner-city eco-system. Without them, so many wonderful aspects of our natural landscapes would disappear. The environments that surround our metropolitan hubs are increasing growing to include more trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, lawns, lakes, creeks, parks and ovals. These eco-systems will in turn thrive, attracting natural wildlife like birds and insect.
Lawns feed our entire eco-system more than anything else around us. Our lawns are vital for our very survival within cities and suburban areas. That is why choosing turf and maintaining it, is very important to us at Go Turf. With such a wide variety of turfs to choose from how do you know which one is best suited for your situation? When you are ready to have the perfect backyard, look no further than our high-quality fertilising product range. We offer a wide variety of turf and fertiliser products to keep your gardens look beautiful and green (and inhabitable too).
March 13th, 2018 | by chilli
Aussies love their lawns, but sometimes they become patchy and sometimes they become quite thin as well. Your main problem is identifying the cause of the problem and once you have done this, the solution is often very simple. So, let’s look at some of the common causes of patchy or thinning grass and how to can fix these problems at home.
Bare patches in high traffic areas
Clearly these bare patches are due to the soil being compressed by too much foot or vehicle traffic and tend to occur in popular walkways across the grass or when cars are parked on the lawn. They can also be seen along the edges of decks, patios and paths, as well as around the clothesline and particularly where the postie rides to your post box.
You can of course, fix these patches with lawn seed, after aerating to reduce the compression of the soil, but if you don’t reduce the traffic in these spots, you will have to keep doing this on a regular basis. The long-term solution is to add some stylish stepping stones or a real concrete or gravel path to the areas that are patchy due to high pedestrian traffic and a driveway or new parking slab for cars.
Bare patches around garden beds or fence lines
Along the fence lines these bare patches can be due to your dog racing around like a banshee and barking at everyone who goes past! They can however, be due to a lack of direct sunlight caused by overhanging plants or because sunlight is obstructed by tall fences. A lack of light can also cause the grass to thin in these same areas, so you might have a combination of patchy and thinning grass.
The solution depends on the cause of the problem, so you might have to stop your dog using the fence line as a racing track and trim any overhead branches that restrict sunlight. Changing the height of the fence is usually not an option, so adding shade loving plants to your garden beds might be the best solution.
Random bare patches in your lawn
Generally, there are two causes for random patchy areas in your lawn. It’s either dog urine or lawn grubs. If you don’t have a dog then it’s likely to be lawn grubs! You know that you have lawn grubs if you have brown patches in a lovely healthy lawn and you can easily lift the grass because it no longer has any roots (they were eaten by the grubs), but you should also easily see the grubs about an inch or so under the top of the soil. If you can’t see any lawn grubs and you have a dog, then that’s likely your culprit.
If the cause is grubs, your local nursery will sell you something that will get rid of them and if it’s dog urine, hose the area down as soon as you spot the problem and following every urine event. Long term, you might have to keep your dogs away from the lawns if the patches are too much of a problem, but lawn seed will help in the short term.
Thin grass over most of the lawn
If you have noticed that your grass is growing a lot thinner than normal, then it might be due to too much shade. Too many large trees and bushes can easily shade a small lawn, causing the grass to grow too thinly, but it can also be caused by a lack of sufficient water and a lack of fertilizer.
The real solution for thinning grass is to either lop branches if they are the problem or to aerate your lawns, water them regularly and add a good fertilizer to increase healthy growth. You can also add some new lawn seed, which with the additional watering and fertilizer, should soon give you a lush lawn once again.
For information on our turf, installation and delivery, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.
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 8th, 2018 | by chilli
Aeration is one of the basic needs of a lovely lush lawn, along with a good fertiliser and regular mowing. It’s often quite easy to see when your lawn needs to be aerated, because the soil becomes compacted along high traffic areas (particularly if you park your car on the lawn) and the grass starts to thin and eventually you end up with bare patches along the line of traffic.
Compacted soil prevents roots growing properly, but soils that are heavy with clay or lawns that have more than one or two centimetres of thatch also need regular aeration to keep them healthy. If your lawn has bare patchy spots anywhere, it’s best to aerate the soil and if you notice water pooling after a solid rainfall, then once again, you need to aerate your lawn.
Benefits of aerating your lawn
Aerating your lawn has four clear benefits. First, it reduces the compaction of the soil, allowing the grass roots to grow deeper into the ground, making it more resilient to the hot dry summers. Second, it helps to reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn, which generally helps to protect the grass roots from too much sun or from becoming too wet or too dry.
The problem is that too much thatch can form a barrier over the roots and soil, causing the water to simply run off. Aeration helps to remove this thatch and lets the water infiltrate the soil more easily. Third, aerating the soil allows your fertilizers to enter the soil and reach the roots and last, removing the overgrowth of thatch, allows the remaining thatch to be naturally broken down, releasing nutrients into the soil.
Best ways to aerate your lawn
The two best times of the year to aerate your lawns are in the spring and autumn. In the spring, aeration helps your lawns to grow lush, because it receives sufficient water and fertilizers, and in the autumn, it helps to strengthen the root system for the winter season.
Essentially, aeration involves punching pencil like holes5cm down in the lawn and into the soil, rocking the fork back and forth each time to loosen the soil. This can easily be achieved with a garden fork, but it is time consuming, and takes a lot of energy if the soil is really compacted. If you have a large lawn it’s not something you really want to do on your day off!
For larger lawns or if using a garden fork seems like too much work, there is always the option of hiring a spiked lawn roller that is just like a lawn roller but with spikes to penetrate the soil. You will need to partly fill the roller with water to add sufficient weight so that the spikes penetrate the soil and then push it over your lawn repeatedly, to aerate the soil.
The last option, if you have really large lawns is to hire someone to do it for you with a ride on aerator and there are plenty of people who specialise in this type of lawn maintenance. You can also hire one of these aerators yourself – if you think that your weekend won’t be complete without whizzing around on a ride on aerator!
Finally, once your lawn has been aerated, you need to top dress it with washed river sand and a good fertilizer, raking them into the lawn and following up with a good watering. Now that you know how to aerate your lawn, it’s a good idea to repeat it every year in the spring or autumn to ensure that your lawn stays lush and green all year round.
For the best turf in Queensland, call us on 1300 781 175 or shoot us an email.