The Grass Guru - Green Life Turf

What Goes on at the Turf Farm?

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 17 May 2017


Ever wondered what goes on at the turf farm?

Many people buy their lawn and lawn care products from retailers like Flower Power or Bunnings. Have you ever wondered where they source their stock, and how it is they become so crazy knowledgeable about all things lawn and turf (among many other things!)?

Today I’m excited to bring you a snapshot of one of our on-site education days with one of our much-loved customers, Flower Power!

It all began with a little bit of tea…

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care, Landscaping

Circular Patches & Spongy, Loose Turf: Signs of Autumn Lawn Grubs

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 3 May 2017


Beautiful autumn lawns don't 'just happen'!

Lawn grubs can produce big problems for many lawns around this time of year as they near the end of their primary active seasons. By the time you see signs of a lawn grub infestation, your lawn will already be feeling very sorry for itself. Here's how to recognise the signs, test for evidence, and treat the pests! 

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care

Winter's Coming! Fertilise Your Lawn!

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 19 Apr 2017

  Lawns go dormant through winter - like hybernating bears...

We’ve been talking fertiliser for a good reason over the past few weeks – it’s almost winter! Okay, some may say the glass is still half full being that we’re only half-way through Autumn, but there’s no slowing it down: winter is fast approaching.  

So, what happens now and what should you do? Today we’ll recap that crucial information for you and your lawn!

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care

What is pH in Soil? What Does it Do? How Should I Perfect It?

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 5 Apr 2017

We’ve been talking about fertiliser over the last few weeks; what it is, how it works, and why it’s important. So it won’t come as a surprise to you to know that the quality of your soil plays a vital role to all vegetation. From flowers and plants, trees and shrubs, to fruits and vegetables, to your lawn, if your soil is not providing the right balance of nutrients, your vegetation simply will not thrive.

So how do you know? How can you test the quality of your soil? And what even is soil pH?!  

Let's explore it all and see how you can get your own, reusable, accurate testing tool!

 

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care

Difference: Organic Natural Mineral VS Inorganic Fertiliser

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 22 Mar 2017

Last time on our blog we explored fertiliser: what it is, how it works, and why it’s important to use in farming and horticulture. Today we thought it was time to discuss the age-old question:

“To be (organic) or not to be (organic)…”

What is the difference between inorganic (“artificial” / “man-made” / “chemical” / “synthetic”) and organic (or “natural mineral”) fertilisers?

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care, Landscaping

What is Fertiliser? And Why You Should Fertilise Your Lawn & Garden!

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 8 Mar 2017

Have you ever wondered why we fertilise our lawns, gardens and vegetables? What exactly does fertiliser do? Why do you need to fertilise? Today, I'm answering these key fertilising questions and over the coming weeks we'll discuss everything you need to know about fertilising, and choosing the right fertiliser for you. 

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care, Landscaping

Patchy Lawn? A Sign of Heat Stress!

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 8 Feb 2017

The heat not letting up over the last two weeks here in Sydney has left us with a fair few lawn enquiries! Images of heat stressed lawns ("sunburnt grass") have been accompanied by questions of what has happened and how it can be fixed. Today we go you one better and additionally address how you can avoid heat stress for your lawn next heatwave!

 

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care

How Much Water for Lawns in Dry, Hot Weather

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 25 Jan 2017

Woah it’s been hot here in Sydney! And you know it’s going to be another scorcher when you step outside in the morning, feel like you’re in a clothes dryer, and you’re already looking forward to getting back inside with the a/c. Out in the blistering heat all day are many living things, and our great Aussie lawns are one.

So how much water does your lawn need in this heat? And when is the best time to water it?

I’m glad you asked...

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Lawn Care

What's the best turf? Review the new Sir Grange Zoysia!

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 11 Jan 2017

We talk a lot about our Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo grass - it’s a great Australian soft leaf buffalo specifically suited to Australian conditions, it’s tough, tolerant and beautiful, and we love it. 

But there is a new kid in town; a new turf on the block... and it's a Zoysia! Tagged “a finer choice,” Sir Grange Zoysia is in fact a finer leaf giving it an exciting new look!

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass, Landscaping

A Tribute to 2016 @ Green Life Turf

Posted by Patrick Muscat on 30 Dec 2016

Our last blog for 2016 is a tribute to the year on the Green Life Turf farm - and a hint of things to come in 2017. Watch our short video here:

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Topics: Turf, Lawn & Grass