June 4th, 2021 | by chilli
With Winter just around the corner it’s only natural for us to want to confide in the warmth and coziness in our homes. This often means that we stop taking advantage of the beautiful backyards that we’ve spent all Summer maintaining! Here at GoTurf, we believe that you should make the most of alfresco living all year round so here are our Winter tips for revamping and maintaining your outdoor areas.
Invest in a fire pit
Create an outdoor space that is toasty and inviting with a fire pit. Fire pits make a great centrepiece and are sure to keep you and your guests warm throughout the chilly season. From lightweight metal dishes to secured stone-work wells, there’s a vast array of fire pits that can personalise your outdoor decor to not only keep you warm but encourage conversation and roast marshmallows with your friends.
Revamp your outdoor living space
A simple and effective way to revamp your outdoor living space is to add accessories! Adding accessories to any outdoor area is an inexpensive way to create a stylish space for your backyard in Winter. As the cool weather sets in, we’d suggest investing in large cushions and a cozy throw blanket to keep you warm and comfy when you want to spend time outdoors. If you love to entertain, external blinds are a must have! This feature enhances your living space by protecting you from the cool wind and rain during Winter.
Add some colour
A great way to create an appealing backyard space in the Winter months is to add some colour! Flowers are a great addition to any outdoor area, so we’d recommend getting your hands dirty and planting a few species that will enhance your space. There are a few varieties that bloom during the Winter including: Lavender and Pansies. So get gardening and create a colourful outdoor oasis this Winter.
Keep your lawn in shape
During the Winter humidity and rainfall can result in lawn diseases such as Winter fusarium, brown patches or fungal diseases like Anthracnose. To protect your lawn this Winter, it’ll need special care! There are a few ways that you can care for your lawn this Winter including:
- Mowing regularly to maintain a build up of thatch
- Minimising the number of times you water your lawn
- Using a soil wetting agent to promote soil penetration
- Using a specialised fungicide to control common fungal diseases
- Feeding your grass with fertiliser to keep it lush and thriving
If your lawn needs a little more than TLC this Winter, we’d recommend laying new turf! Here at GoTurf we offer a variety of lawn to suit any backyard. Head to our website today and find out how we can help!
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 24th, 2018 | by chilli
With all the renovation shows on TV, most Aussies understand that the curb appeal and landscaping of their home can significantly affect the value of their property. This means that when you have decided to put your home on the market, you need to take a long hard look at your home’s curb appeal and landscaping!
So if you want to make your property more appealing, more sellable and more valuable to buyers, check out our 5 easy landscaping tips that won’t cost a lot of money and can easily be completed in a weekend.
Revamp your turf
Whether you have a large expanse of lawn or just a small pocket size lawn, lush green turf is always a hit with buyers. Parents usually want an area of grass where the kids can play and kick a ball around, dog owners like a grassed area for their pets, and then there are buyers who just prefer a beautiful lawn instead of gravel or concrete.
Lawns with bald & patchy spots, thinning grass and weeds, doesn’t give buyers a very good first impression. So, you either need to repair your grass or dig it all up and replace it with brand new healthy turf. It’s a good idea to talk to your local nursery about repairing your lawn, but this takes time that you might not have available, so it might be best to lay new turf as this gives your home an instant lift.
Hide unsightly areas
A great idea to improve the curb appeal of your home is to screen the garbage bins, water tank, pool filter, clothes line and any other such areas from view. You might not have a problem with seeing the garbage bins as you pull into your drive, but this is all about turning your property into a buyer’s dream, so hiding these unsightly areas is a sensible idea.
You can use lattice screens, clumping bamboo or other large screening plants, all of which add depth and ambiance to your landscaping. A screen with jasmine or wisteria in flower is a beautiful way to make the most out of unsightly spots, hiding them from view and providing buyers with something beautiful to look at instead of the garbage bins!
Revamp garden beds
Over time some of your plants will start to look bedraggled, some may die and others need a serious pruning. Untidy garden beds with dead plants, flowers that are past their best and are full of weeds don’t look very inviting to buyers and in fact, give an air of neglect. You can easily fix this problem by adding a few new plants, removing the dead ones and pruning others, all in one weekend. Finish with a fresh layer of good quality mulch from the local timber yard or landscape supplier and your garden beds will look as good as new.
Add a shady spot
If your external areas lack a quiet shady spot for people to relax with family and friends, then a quick and inexpensive solution is to install a shade sail over the patio. Building a patio cover is most probably an expense you don’t want to consider at this stage, but a good size shade sail can be picked up for around $500 or less and will make all the difference to your buyers. Another tip is to add a shade sail to the driveway so that buyers can appreciate the additional parking.
Clean hard surfaces
Dirty driveways and paths can be a big turn off for buyers, so an easy fix is to spend the weekend water blasting all the external hard surfaces and giving the curb appeal of your home a big boost. If you don’t already own a high-pressure water blaster, you can hire them quite cheaply from your local hardware store.
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