• The Importance of Laying Turf on Same Day as Delivery

    August 22nd, 2019 | by
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    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.

     

  • Lawn Tips: Autumn is the best season to lay new turf

    July 25th, 2019 | by
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    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.

  • Black Beetle Pest Control In Autumn

    July 25th, 2019 | by
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    Did you know that early Autumn is the best time to get rid of those oh’ so annoying BLACK BEETLES?


    Black Beetles have a peak feeding period during April, May and June as they like to fatten themselves up for the winter. As a result, we highly recommend that you treat Black Beetles as soon as possible before you end up kissing your lush greenery goodbye. If you’re unsure of how to identify Black Beetle symptoms, continue reading our quick blog to learn some useful tips to action today!


    What is Black Beetle?


    Black beetles first hatch into a White pupa before maturing into its beetle form. They love feeding on grassroots which often causes sections of grass to die. Black Beetles have a life cycle of one year, awakening in Spring for their post-winter feed. Black Beetles turn into pupae during this season before emerging into beetles in the Summer. These beetles prefer laying their eggs in the Summer heat leaving enough time to hatch into Autumn. In Autumn, these new Black Beetles go on a feeding frenzy before Winter, thus repeating the entire lifecycle the following year. This supports why Autumn is the best time to treat Black Beetles, as Black Beetle treatments often need the pests to be feeding a lot.


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    How to Detect Black Beetles?


    The best way to detect Black Beetles is to keep a close eye on your turf and any visible brown patches that don’t turn green. Grass patches that are watered well, present an irregular shape and are dead could also be a sign of Black Beetles. To check if you have a Black Beetle infestation, lift up a piece of your dead turf. If the turf is easily rolled up and the grass has no roots, Black Beetles are undoubtedly present. If you don’t appear to see any dead grass patches, yet have a spongy lawn, this could also suggest an infestation before any common symptoms occur.


    Black Beetle


    Helpful Tips for Treating Black Beetles


    Treating Black Beetles as early as possible is key to ensuring minimal damage to your turf. Here are a few quick and easy treatment steps you can undertake immediately.


    • Step 1: Once you know your turf or lawn is infested, control the beetle population by applying a pest control spray. Please review the instructions before applying the product to your yard, as each spray in the market has a different application method. Plus, you don’t want to overcoat your lawn and kill it in the process.
    • Step 2: Provide sufficient deep-lawn irrigation. Did you know that deep water irrigation makes soil unliveable for beetles as it promotes a thick turf that is unfavourable to the pests?
    • Step 3: Once the pests are gone, fertilize your grass to encourage the regeneration and growth of dead areas. We recommend a high-quality fertiliser from our Go Turf product range.
    • Step 4: Prevent Black Beetles from settling in your turf again by reviewing the condition of your grass regularly. You can find preventative pesticides in the market that kill pests over a long period, including future hatchlings.


    At Go Turf we are a team of lawn and turf specialists who can offer comprehensive advice for treating pests in your grass! If you have any further questions or queries, feel free to call us today. We are your local turf company and are committed to making your yard as beautiful as can be all year round.


    Go Turf are the biggest (and best) turf supplier servicing the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. So, whether you need a lot or just a little, feel free to us or fill out our quick online form today! Our customers love Go Turf because we make the process of delivery and installation as easy as possible. Ask us today!

  • Maintaining your lawn during autumn

    April 18th, 2017 | by
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    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.

    Mowing

    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.

    Watering

    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

    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!

  • Lawn Mowing Tips

    January 18th, 2017 | by
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    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.

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