Category Archives: Turf

Turf varieties for Subtropical regions

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Zoysia grasses are quickly gaining popularity in Queensland and subtropical regions. Their drought and humidity tolerance makes them an excellent choice, but one of the things that makes Zoysia stand above the rest is that it is more resistant to pests and diseases and best of all it is lower maintenance in these climates, they are slower growing and therefore less mowing is required.

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How to have the best looking lawn on the street

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Drought and other factors can play a big part in how good or bad your lawn looks. But to keep your lawn looking great may be easier than you think, consistent and regular care is the secret. The question of where to start always comes up, this article will help you answer this and many other questions.

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Common Lawn Problems

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Yard too shady, are you mowing your lawn too short, or perhaps you’re over-watering your lawn. These are all very common lawn problems, and can be corrected or even prevented with the correct maintenance, and/or turf selection.

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Nara™ Native Turf – Doing extremely well in the US

Nara™ Zoysia, an Australian Native Turf, is doing tremendously well in the USA, making real waves in the Southern US. Nara™ Zoysia is Australia’s first all-purpose native turf, that is low maintenance and easy to establish and is ideal for domestic, commercial and coastal plantings. Many people have a natural tendency to prefer native plants, now those same people can enjoy a native lawn.

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Getting the right lawn for your home

With so many different varieties of turf available today, how do you know which is the right one for your home? Buffalo grass is one of the best lawn varieties available, but is it right for your lawn?

Firstly you will need to determine the requirements for your lawn and make your decision from there.

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Empire™ turf is a low maintenance lawn grass which gives you more time to relax

Empire™ turf is a low maintenance lawn grass which gives you more time to relax

Empire Zoysia

Aussies on most internet turf forums are discussing EZ Grass. This is the nick name for Empire™ Zoysia Turf. So what makes Empire™ so easy to look after?

Firstly we know how army worm and web worm can devastate lawns. Army worm and web worm prefer to eat couch, kikuyu and buffalo grass way before they’d ever resort to eating Empire™. In fact…

research shows that eating Zoysia is actually harmful to these lawn caterpillars. There is lots of research that Empire™ is far more drought tolerant than buffalo turf.

With it’s deep rhizomes it can survive dry far longer than most turf types but it’s the beautiful soft appearance that attracts most people to Empire.

House after house looking great year after year with such little effort. No wonder it’s getting such good raps from lawn professionals. People are amazed at how little thatch it produces and the fact that unlike many Zoysia types this lawn can easily be mown with any type of mower.

Now, if you value your time too much to be mowing and edging listen to these researched facts:

Empire™ turf needs a third of the mowing of kikuyu

Half as much as couch and…

30% less than buffalo grass.

Why mow when you could be doing more fun things like playing on your Empire™ lawn or relaxing.

Empire™ turf can be mown short or long allowing you to play Bocce or even back yard cricket. It is so wear tolerant that it’s often used for sporting venues and high-wear areas in parks. You can’t do that with buffalo.

Most lawns simply cannot tolerate the wide variety of climates that Empire™ can. It did the best in floods, it survived years of drought, it lives in cold temperatures that would easily kill all kikuyu and buffalo types. t loves the humidity of Queensland even if it is a wet year. It just gets far less disease and insect damage.

Empire™ performs with up to 40% shade,  it’s herbicide tolerance is legendary and best of all Empire™ will do well with much less fertilizer than all other grass types.

It has been proven to strengthen the soil more than other turf and if you need evidence to back these claims up just download the referenced research document .

There is always a BUT…

The BUT for Empire™ is not to lay it in winter in Sydney, Perth Adelaide and Melbourne as it will root out too slowly. Queensland is generally warmer so you can get away with it for most of the year. In the warmer months Empire™ strikes really quickly.

Whether it’s grubs, floods, drought, humidity, cold, disease, wear or scalping, Empire™ just keeps on surviving. Make your next lawn not only the most beautiful in the suburb, make it the toughest. Choose Empire™ Zoysia Turf.

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Erosion Control Methods – Turf is Tops

Erosion Control Methods – Turf is Tops 

Turf For Erosion Control

 

Research in Queensland is demonstrating how turf grass is an effective means of controlling and minimizing erosion. Turf grass is capable of reducing erosion by protecting the ground from the impact of rainfall. It also reduces the speed of runoff water, holds soil and sediment particles in place and enhances the ground’s ability to absorb water.

Turf is proving an effective means of erosion control on batters of a gradient less that 33.3 percent and stabilizing areas of concentrated flows such as channels and drains, provided the flow velocities do not exceed 1.5 m/s. If flows are higher, combining turf with geotextiles seems to be a well proven concept.

There have been studies showing turf and geotextile combinations once established can withstand up to 5.5 m/s depending on the geotextile.  With the invention of fast stapling devices it is now easy to secure turf in place. These devices are readily available in the USA, and are now becoming available in Australia.  Current research is investigating various methods of using these staples to secure turf both in small and big rolls.

Turf employed skillfully and/or in combination with other mitigation technologies can…read more