Turf Installation & Care
One aspect I especially look forward to in business is the freedom to be creative and the product I enjoy providing most is turf because it is uncomplicated, and the benefits can be seen within a few hours. Customers can have a good looking product quickly which enhances their landscape for a relatively inexpensive outlay. Buffalo, cooch and kikuyu are the most common turf types used in the Sydney area; each has its own advantages and characteristics. We will discuss these with you after surveying your property and make suitable recommendations. Often lawns are compromised and need restoration.
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The biggest causes of poor lawns are compaction, poor drainage, weed infestation, excessive or little nutrients and the use of unsuitable turf. We assess your lawn and make recommendations based on your budget and expectations. Often the poor preparation of turf can leave you with a weed problem or with an uneven surface, this can be corrected with topdressing, however we suggest doing it correctly to begin with. If nutrients and water can not penetrate because of compaction or poor drainage this can be corrected in a number of ways. Complete restoration can include: Aeration – Coring – Fertilising – Weed Control – Topdressing – Dethatching and Returfing
Sir Walter Buffalo is the Premium Choice in turf for the Australian lifestyle and climate. Developed in Australia, it is more suited to our environment and harsh climate.
Sir Walter Buffalo requires no special skill or knowledge. Once established, Sir Walter is low maintenance, requiring less watering and mowing. Dense low thatch ensures easier management.
Sir Walter Buffalo performs well in both sun and shade locations, making it the perfect choice for the average homemaker. Its performance underneath trees is outstanding and can survive with only a few hours of sun each day.
Its low allergy and soft surface makes it ideal for children to play on and the strong blade means it can handle wear and tear from pets. Sir Walters's fast growth means it self repairs like no other turf, leaving less work and more enjoyment.
Sir Walter Buffalo is less chemical dependent because it resists comman fungal diseases and insect pest, making Sir Walter Buffalo more environmentally friendly than other turf varieties. Sir Walter also has a low fertiliser requirement.
Sir Walters's lush emerald green colour has the ability to maintain its colour through the widest range of adverse conditions. Sir Walter is drought, heat, salt, cold and shade tolerant.
Sir Walter Buffalo will suit a wide range of applications from the Household lawn to Commercial Landscapes.
Texture: Soft broad leaf
Description: Mid-green leaves (blade and sheath), red-purple stolons. Leaf width 6.5-9 mm, Rapid lateral stolon growth. The internodes are medium-long and shoots develop from the nodes.
Use: Lawns (residential/commercial/industrial), parkland
Mowing height: Summer: 30-50 mm. Winter or shaded conditions: 40-55 mm
Method of propagation: Vegetative rolls, sprigging of stolons
Preferred soil types:
Best on sandy loams, pH 5.2 to 7.5 preferred. Tolerance range pH 4.6 to 8.1. Not tolerant of water logging.
Comments: Vigorous in subtropical and tropical areas, requiring weekly mowing to avoid scalping. Soft leaf texture.
Heat: Excellent, in high and low humidity areas, but grows best at moderate temperatures between 20°C and 30°C.
Cold: Good. Survives normal frosts under Australian conditions. Selected for winter colour retention, does not purple or become straw-coloured at lower temperatures.
Shade: Can withstand shading under trees. Requires 30-100% sunlight.
Drought: Medium plus. Deep root system and less leaf water loss compared to some other soft-leaf buffalo grasses.
Salinity: Medium salinity tolerance compared with the range of available warm season turf grass cultivars.
Wear: Medium. Not recommended for high traffic areas. Better wear tolerance than sweet smother, kikuyu and winter green couch in 50% shade. Regrows quickly, but needs a recovery time to repair damage.
Herbicide sensitivity: Sensitive to many of the herbicides. Use only registered herbicides in accordance with the label that are safe for soft leaf buffalo grass. Avoid herbicides containing Dicamba.
Santa Ana Couch
A fine leaf texture which has a deep, lush green colour. Is best grown in full sun as it is intolerant to shady locations.
Santa Ana Couch is suitable for high traffic areas as it is very hard wearing.
Cooler temperatures brings the Couch into dormancy and may discolour due to frost.
During establishment, frequent watering is required, but will become drought tolerant once established. This variety looks best when mown short, forming a soft, dense mat.
Santa Ana Couch is ideal for Golf Courses and Parks.
Texture: : Fine to very fine.
Description: Regarded as a semi-dwarf variety which can be managed at low mowing heights. Dark green. Leaf width 2.0-2.8 mm, long leaves (averaging 75 mm) Stolons average 1 mm thick, with rhizomes 1.2 mm thick. Shoot emergence angle is 19° from the horizontal. High shoot density and horizontal growth habit gives a flat, firm and dense surface. Rapid lateral extension growth.
Use: Lawns (residential/commercial/industrial), streetscapes, sports grounds, golf fairways, parkland and soil stabilisation. Has been mown low (particularly in New South Wales, Australia) for use on tennis courts and cricket wickets.
Mowing height: May be mown with a rotary mower, but performs best when a cylinder mower is used. Inclined to form a heavy thatch layer. May scalp if not regularly mowed.
Lawn use: Summer: 10-12 mm; winter: 15-18 mm; golf tees and golf greens 5 mm.
Method of propagation: Vegetative rolls, sprigging of stolons.
Preferred soil types: Best on sandy loams, pH 5.0 to 7.5 preferred.
Comments: Medium maintenance, with only moderate inputs of water, fertiliser and mowing needed for an acceptable surface. Can produce high levels of seed heads under low fertility conditions. Seed head production is low when well fertilised. Seed heads produce no pollen, making it a suitable grass for asthmatics. With repeated multiplication.
Heat: Excellent. Preferred temperature range is 20-35°C.
Cold: Winter colour poor. Enters an early winter dormancy, but holds colour in warmer climates. Browns under frosty conditions.
Shade: Poor. Requires full sun.
Drought: Moderate to high drought tolerance. Develops a deep fibrous root system. Recovers rapidly after water deprivation.
Salinity: Medium salinity tolerance.
Wear: Moderate to high wear tolerance. Forms a hard wearing surface. Repairs rapidly.
Herbicide sensitivity: Tolerant of a broad range of herbicides registered for couch, aiding weed management.