Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the best turf for me?
- What Soil Type is best for laying my turf on?
- How much is my new turf going to cost?
- What is the best fertiliser to use, and how often should I fertilise?
- I have been told about the Winter Green variety of turf. Is this a good variety to install?
- How often should I water my lawn?
- I have heard a lot of great things about sub-surface irrigation. Is it really the best system to use?
- Is there a totally drought tolerant lawn?
- What varieties of lawn stay green all year?
- How much can I expect to pay to get my lawn installed?
- How soon can I get my turf?
- What’s the best type of weed killer to use?
- At what ground level do I need to have my soil prior to installation, if the area is going to be reticulated?
- Why is Greenacres Turf Farm lawn more expensive than other suppliers?
- How do I remove existing lawn?
- At what height should I mow my lawn?
- It’s the height of summer, and my lawn is really brown and crunchy. What do I do?
- You constantly refer to only growing water efficient products. How can you guarantee your product to be water efficient when all lawn needs Watering?
- How do I cope if Perth’s water restrictions are increased?
The answer to this question is dependant on your budget, and circumstances such as lifestyle; and whether you intend to sell your property in the short term or the long term. The Buffalo varieties of turf have a considerably higher purchase price. However, Buffalo lawn in Perth is considerably cheaper to maintain than the Couch varieties, meaning your initial high cost investment in your turf becomes a lifetime investment.
Generally, the best turf-laying soil is a free draining type of soil, such as a sandy loam.
The answer to this question is dependant on your preference; whether you would like a Couch lawn or a Buffalo lawn. If you wanted to lay a Couch variety like Winter Green or Santa Ana couch grass, you can expect to pay between $6.20 and $7.75 per m2 for this grass in Perth. If you wanted to lay a Buffalo variety, such as Palmetto or Sir Walter, you can expect to pay between $12.10 and $13.95 per m2 for this grass in Perth. Turf grass Kikuyu such as Village Green range between $8.65 and $9.90 m2 for this grass in Perth. These prices are all dependant on the quantity you require. The more you order, the less you pay.
The best fertiliser to use is a general-purpose balanced fertiliser. You can purchase this when you order your quality weed-free turf from Greenacres Turf Group.
Because people generally know of Winter Green turf by name and not variety, they don’t realise that Winter Green is actually a Couch variety of grass that is highly invasive through its network of stolons (runners) and rhizomes (underground runners). Therefore, one needs a physical depth of at least 100-150mm to stop it from going underground and invading garden beds.
Palmetto or Sir Walter lawn does not have this problem, as it only grows as stolons (surface runners).
Once the grass is established, watering should occur approximately two – three times per week.
I have heard a lot of great things about sub-surface irrigation. Is it really the best system to use?
Sub-surface watering is considered one of the better options. However, as Greenacres Turf Group maintains a ‘traditionalist’ stand point, we still recommend surface irrigation as the best watering method.
This is particularly applicable to the Palmetto and Sir Walter soft leaf buffalo varieties. As they are established on surface runners, they need water to come from the surface in order to establish, and survive. If you have installed sub-surface irrigation, and then laid Palmetto or Sir Walter soft leaf buffalo, you will also need to apply several hand waterings for the lawn to survive.
You will notice that your lawn isn’t getting enough water when it first starts to turn blue and finally going brown and crunchy. If you’re not sure, contact our professional sales staff for more information and to purchase your turf supplies in Perth.
There is no totally drought tolerant lawn. However, Adrian Pitsikas has been officially recognized by the Water Corporation for producing water efficient turf.
Greenacres Turf Group completes extensive field testing of each variety of turf they grow before it is sold to the public. This means that each variety of turf grows on the farm for approximately 3-5 years, and undergoes extensive field testing before it is marketed to our customers. Because of this, part of Greenacres Turf Groups’s dedication to providing quality turf and products is to only grow water efficient lawn varieties such as Palmetto and Sir Walter Buffalos.
Village Green Premium Kikuyu has excellent colour retention as it is the only warm season grass to be active in the colder months. Generally, the new soft leaf Buffalo varieties of Sir Walter and Palmetto, as seen on TV, have superior winter colour retention. This means that with the right care, your soft leaf buffalo lawn should stay green throughout the winter.
Greenacres Turf Group can offer a professional laying service to install your new instant lawn. Depending on site works and quantity of lawn, you could expect to pay from $2.50 per m2 A site inspection is essential by your installer to get a more accurate quotation. The cheaper alternative is to lay the lawn yourself. Greenacres Turf Group lawn comes in 0.8m2 rolls that you simply roll out onto your level surface.
Greenacres Turf Group prides itself in its ‘fresh is best’ policy. Therefore, our turf is cut to order, and can be delivered to you within 18 hours.
Although Greenacres Turf Group guarantees that you receive weed free lawn, there are occasions post-establishment where you may need to get rid of weeds due to an existing weed seed bank in your soil or seeds blowing in from the neighbours. Depending on what type of weeds or what type of turf you want to get rid of, we recommend you phone our friendly experienced staff for free information.
At what ground level do I need to have my soil prior to installation, if the area is going to be reticulated?
The soil needs to be leveled at 10-12mm below existing driveways and pathways, so that your Greenacres Turf Group lawn will be level, or slightly above, them. For ease of maintenance, the top of your pop-up sprinklers should be level with the soil so that they pop up through your Greenacres Turf Group lawn.
Simple – because our turf is the best.
Because Greenacres Turf Group has been 100% methyl bromide fumigated, we guarantee to provide you with a quality water efficient and weed free product.
Further to this, Greenacres Turf Group has a dedicated and strategic investment in the turf industry, meaning we do more than just sell turf. Greenacres Turf Group cares about our customers by providing them with services that other less dedicated turf suppliers in Perth don’t. We guarantee a free after sales service, and our friendly and professional staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about establishing your lawn.
If the existing lawn is an old couch variety, or a Kikuyu lawn, spray the area with a glyphosphate type chemical, such as Zero or Roundup. Leave the area for two weeks, and repeat the application to ensure you have killed all the grass and weeds.
Remove the top 50-100mm of weedy/grassy mix and replace the soil with clean, free draining soil such as sandy loam.
Roughly re-level the area, and install reticulation (or fix your existing system). Once you have done this, do a final re-level of the area. The soil level should be 10-12mm below adjacent driveways and pathways.
Commission your reticulation system and make sure all the sprinklers are working properly, and are at the right levels. The top of the sprinkler needs to be flush or level with existing soil so that the pop-up can pop up through your Greenacres Turf Group lawn.
Spread a lawn building fertiliser, and water the area lightly.
The answer to this question depends on the variety of turf that you installed. Ideally, couch varieties should be mowed at about 10-12mm to keep it looking healthy and lush. The superior performing Buffalo varieties such as Sir Walter and Palmetto should be mowed at approximately 15-30mm high.
Brown and crunchy lawn in the height of summer is indicative of a lack of water and nutrients. We would recommend calibrating your reticulation system, increasing your water application in response to the high evaporation rate, application of a wetting agent and fertilising treatment. This will ensure that you can still stick to your current water regime, and continue to see results. Contact one of our friendly staff to arrange purchase of turf supplies in Perth like a quality fertiliser and wetting agent product.
You constantly refer to only growing water efficient products. How can you guarantee your product to be water efficient when all lawn needs watering?
Greenacres Turf Group prides itself in being able to offer you, the customer, an extensively tested and water efficient product.
All our turf varieties are extensively tested on our own farm before we market them to the public. This means that a particular variety could be growing on our farm for up to 5 years before we release it. Factors such as fertiliser and herbicide uptake, as well as total water efficiency, are carefully considered to ensure we can live up to our guarantee of quality weed free turf products.
The way to cope with increasing water restrictions is to make sure your new lawn is laid on a surface that provides maximum water retention for root zones.
Greenacres Turf Group can supply a specialist soil amendment product that will guarantee maximum water retention during the crucial watering times of the year.
If you have an established lawn, we recommend you use a quality wetting agent to aid in your turf’s growth. This is not a substitute for the real thing, but will complement your watering program, and keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Contact one of our professional staff for advice and supply of quality wetting agent or soil amendment products.
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