November 15th, 2017 | by chilli
You have to admit that when you see a large expanse of healthy, lush green turf that has been striped, you start thinking of ways to achieve it in your own backyard. Striped turf looks so precise, so well-maintained and just so right that you would love to do the same to your lawn.
A striped lawn is created by the light being reflected off the grass blades, because when the blades are bent backwards they look dark and when bent forwards they look lighter. You can only achieve this effect with cool season grasses that grow from seed, not warm season grasses that grow via rhizome activity.
Cool season grasses include tall or fine fescue, bent grass, perennial ryegrass and bluegrass and are also known as bunch type grasses or C3 grasses. So if you have a cool season grass and would like to create an awesome striped lawn, here are the steps you need to follow.
Buy the right tools
To stripe your lawn you will need a striping kit for your mower, which you can buy from a good lawnmower shop or even online. They generally cost around $100 or less and are a cylinder that attaches to the front of your mower to create professional football quality stipes on your lawn while you mow.
Design and create your stripes
Most stripes simply go lengthways on the lawn, but you can create whatever type of design you want. For example a curved lawn looks fabulous with a long curved stripe that follows the outline of the lawn while a rectangular lawn will look best with straight up and down stripes. You could also become quite creative and try diagonal stripes or even a checkerboard pattern for added interest and a chance to show off your expertise!
So once you have attached your striping kit to the mower and if you have chosen straight up and down stripes, you will need to pick a point about 3 meters in front of you or way off in the distance if you have a large lawn. The key to a perfect striped lawn is straight lines, so even if they are curved, the lines must all match and be parallel.
If you make a mistake, go over the line to make the correction or your whole design will look skewed. So try and find a straight edge to follow (garden edging or a driveway) and looking ahead, mow a straight line from one end of the lawn to the other. When you come to the end of the lawn, make sure to lift the blades as you turn the mower or else your stripes will look all wobbly at the ends and make your turns off the lawn if possible (on a path or driveway).
Mow back along the side of the line that you have just mowed making sure to keep straight and parallel. If you want to create a checkerboard pattern then simply re-mow in exactly the same way, but at 90 degrees to the original stripes. Other options include mowing lines that are diagonal or at 90 degrees to your house, or even in line with your house or driveway. There are an endless supply of different options, limited only by your imagination. You could even try to recreate one of the crop circles in your backyard!
Keep your lawn healthy
For your stripes to look their best you need to maintain your lawn with a good fertilizer and sufficient deep watering to keep it lush and green. A healthy lawn looks spectacular with stripes and will really demonstrate your expertise to all of the neighbours. Remember to not cut the grass to low however, because you will have less blade to reflect the light, so a high cut is more suitable than a low cut.
For quality and affordable turf on the Sunshine Coast, call Go Turf on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.
November 3rd, 2017 | by chilli
Most Aussies love their backyards and take great pleasure in keeping their lawns green and healthy. When you have kids or pets however, you also need to keep your lawns and backyards safe for them, as well as keeping it all looking stylish and well maintained.
After all, when you have family and friends over for a weekend BBQ, you don’t want bare patches of lawn and dead bushes to be on display. So to help you have the perfect backyard, here are our top 10 tips for keeping your gardens looking good, whilst at the same time being a haven for all members of your family.
- Choose the right turf: The best turf for a garden that gets lots of use, particularly if you have a few dogs, will be determined by your location. So if you constantly have bare spots, you can either try using patch seeds or talk to your local turf company about replacing your turf with a type that is hardier and longer lasting.
- Choose the right plants: With young children and pets, you need to be careful with the types of plants in your garden. In particular, you need to avoid Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), Liliums, Wandering Jew, Madagascar Jasmin, Oleanders, Daffodil and Tulip bulbs, Toadstools, and Tomato plants, as these are all toxic to either dog or cats.
- Pet business: Dogs often use the garden as their toilet, especially if they don’t go for a daily walk. So for everyone’s health, you need to always be vigilant and make sure that you keep the lawns and garden beds clear of faeces at all times.
- Avoid toxic chemicals: Many fertilizers and herbicides are very toxic, so always read the accompanying paperwork thoroughly before buying and using these type of preparations. Talking to your turf supplier is a good idea, because they can recommend the best fertilizers for your lawns to keep them healthy and green all year round and safe for your kids and pets.
- Aerate the soil: Pets and children can cause tracks to form in your lawn and bald patches to appear, due to constant use that compacts the soil and prevents the grass from growing. If you have noticed this occurring in your lawn, make sure to aerate the soil to reduce the compaction (using s garden fork or commercial aerator) and top dress in spring for a lush, green summer lawn.
- Consider garden fences: Many homes have more than one lawn at the rear of the house separated by garden beds. In this case, you might find that it’s a good idea to fence off one of these laws from the dogs, so that you keep one lawn absolutely perfect, whilst the dogs can run around to their heart’s content on the other lawn.
- Cover compost: Compost can be full of pathogens, particularly if it is mouldy. If you have a compost barrel aerator, then you should have no problems, but an open compost heap in the garden can be a health hazard to both children and dogs. Always keep it covered and if possible, buy a barrel composter to keep everyone safe from infections.
- Don’t forget shady spots: Everyone need some serious shade in the summer, but it’s also necessary for most of the year in Australia. So make sure that you install some large shady trees or big bushes in your garden for your dogs to lie down for a nap and get some well-deserved relief from the direct sun.
- Taking care with sandpits: Many parents love the idea of a sandpit for their young children, but if you have dogs or cats then it can turn into a pet’s toilet. Even the neighbour’s cats will jump over the fence to take advantage of your sandpit, so by all means have one installed for your kids, but make sure that it has a cover that can’t be circumvented by dogs and cats.
- Water deeply: To keep your lawns green and healthy they will need to be watered deeply, but not more often than once a week. Short, shallow and frequent watering will lead to shallow roots and a lack of nutrients, resulting in poor quality and unhealthy grass. So encourage deep roots with deep watering and enjoy lush grass all year round.
For quality turf on the Sunshine Coast, call us on 1300 781 175 or complete our online enquiry form.
January 18th, 2017 | by Go Turf
There is a lot more to mowing a lawn than just pushing the mower. You need to get the height right in sun and shade, as well as removing just the right amount of leaf. Mowing in wet weather is easier if you know how, and learn how to de-thatch your grass with a lawn mower. The results will be far nicer turf.