Turf Farm a family business

What does it take for a local West Australian family to make their turf your new family lawn.

Trenches boxed out and installed with roll on kikuyu

West Coast Turf regularly repairs trenches on turf playing surfaces, reducing the time the oval is out of action. Zulu Kikuyu is the preferred roll on lawn for Many Perth councils used for its consistent colour, hard wearing capabilities and fast recovery time.

Jumbo Roll Kikuyu Installation and supply for the City of Belmont at Miles Park

West Coast Turf are one of the few farms in W.A. able to Supply and install Jumbo Roll Kikuyu. With our Low Impact “Donkey Installer” We ensure that no wheel ruts are left on the new surface.

After major works were completed on sewage pipes at Miles Park West Coast Turf supplied 20m3 of USGA rated lawn sand from Carramar Resources to create a level free draining surface, then Supplied and installed 1200m2 of Jumbo roll “Zulu Kikuyu”.

Zulu Kikuyu and limestone Wall installed at Perth Train Station Child Care Centre.

In Just two Days, three West Coast Turf staff were able to remove the old struggling soft leaf Buffalo and rubber soft fall, then install 8 cubic metres of lawn sand, a new limestone wall and 100 square metres of Zulu Kikuyu. All these works were done the old fashioned way with just a wheelbarrow and shovel, this was due to limited access through a small gate inside the Perth Train Station Car Park. No matter the job West Coast Turf finds a way to get it done.

Jumbo Roll Wintergreen Couch, Artificial Cricket Wicket Protection.

Natural Cricket Wicket Protection

offers you a safer more professional and aesthetically pleasing alternative to rubber mats and sanding.

The process starts by laying down high grade Builders Plastic which is tucked between the wicket and the grass. The builders plastic is then covered with lawn sand 30mm thick, which is then levelled a smoothed.

Once a smooth level surface is created the turf is then installed, each roll is harvested specifically to the length of the pitch. This reduces the number of cuts and allows for immediate use of the ground. Once installed the turf is then compacted with a 1.3m wide vibrating roller ensuring a smooth flush finish.

HINTS & TIPS FOR LAWNS IN WA - SOIL PREPARATION

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2. Soil Preparation Recommendations/specifications of TURF GROWING in open space and Lawns, for sandy soils To achieve a healthy lawn, your soil will ideally be made up of a balance of organic matter, sand, silt and clay. This is called loam soil. Loam soil holds moisture but also drains well when you water the lawn. It retains nutrients and allows air flow, making it the most ideal soil for plants.

Preparing your turf area

1. Clear the site - Remove all weeds and debris from the site. Debris includes; rocks, sticks and tree roots. Level the area with the back of a rake or levelling board to create a smooth and consistent soil surface approximately 30 - 50mm below the level of paths and driveways. 2. Prepare the soil for your turf area. Once all lawn and weeds have been removed cultivate the soil to a depth of 100mm, making sure the mix of soil is ready for the turf to be laid. 3. Level your soil for turf laying. 4. Most Perth soils are very sandy. Getting the grass to grow successfully requires proper soil maintenance. Lawn failures are often caused by poor soil conditions under the roots. The best soil texture for growing grass is a sandy loam – or to make it simple, a mix containing sand and organics of an 80/20 mix. 5. Turf ideally needs around 100mm of top soil to root in. This may be slightly less if the existing soil is of a good quality. With the correct preparation, the turf will start to have shallow roots in about two weeks. The key to getting these shallow roots to start is watering your new grass after the turf is laid. For the first 42 days in warmer months and the first 35 days in cooler months in WA, you can apply for an exemption from both the Water Corporation and the Department of Water, if you have a bore, to water daily. Please refer to the watering exemptions tables below. For your lawn to bed roots and establish, your lawn will need to be watered daily to keep the roots growing. Some key words to remember before laying turf:

Drainage – this allows the water to be free draining, but with enough organic matter to be able to hold onto sufficient amounts to encourage turf growth.

Wetting agents – especially in a lot of our sandy soils, the addition of premium quality wetting agents, in liquid or granular form, allows the holding of water in the soil profile, thus, allowing the roots of the turf to be able to draw from.

Organics – having even only a small percentage of organics allows the soil to retain moisture, nutrients and encourage initial root growth.

Biology stimulation – the quicker the biology happens in the soil, the healthier the turf will be.

Water – very important for early establishment. The healthier the soil, the less water will be needed in the longer term.

Nutrients – making sure the correct nutrients are applied for early establishment. If the pH and all nutrients are available before the turf is laid, then instant root growth will start, and top growth will follow. A good example of a premium lawn mix is Amazon Soils Lawn Blend. This is a nutrient enriched compost and sand blend. It is ideal for use as both an underlay and topdressing soil for all types of turf. Its blend of finely composted organic matter and natural washed sand provides an ideal base for all lawns

To calculate the volume of material required, first work out the area in square metres, and then multiply by the depth to get the cubic metres. Typically, you might need 100mm or 150mm of turf underlay (0.1 or 0.15 metres). Example 1 – You have a rectangle measuring 10m x 6m and need to add 100mm of turf underlay soil.

The working out for this would be 10 x 6 x 0.1 = 6m3 of soil mix

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HINTS & TIPS FOR LAWNS IN WA

If you are thinking about a new roll-on lawn or already have lawn and are looking for some information on the care and maintenance of your lawn there is some very useful information in this brochure.

Installing and caring for a warm season turfgrass lawn In WA

Natural lawns provide a safe, hazard free ground cover for gardens and public open spaces and are a far cooler alternative to most hard surfaces. A natural lawn is considered a staple for WA homes and is often the first element considered when creating a new garden. To successfully maintain a green lawn in our drying climate and with current watering restrictions it will take some effort on your part to successfully achieve this.

It is vital that you properly install a warm season turf grass.

This means that prior to installation of your turf that;

• You amend your soil (turn your sand into soil)

• Properly install irrigation

• Apply a wetting agent (and water retainer)

• Apply an organic fertilser

‘Every day approx 50m2 of living lawn provides all the oxygen needed by one person for a day’

Turf options

Installing a warm season turf grass correctly can not only help you to save money on watering, it will also help cool your home and our environment. When selecting a turf for your home, look for a hardy warm season turf grass.

The following varieties have been identified as having good drought tolerance and are suitable for Western Australia’s warm conditions:

Soft Leaf Buffalo grasses

• Soft leaf - Non-irritant • Disease weed and fungus resistant • Low allergy • Low to medium invasiveness • Low maintenance level • Moderate to good wear, recuperative self repairing and green-up rate • Requires minimum 2 hours direct sunlight daily • Drought tolerant

• Grows in sandy soils and clays Soft leaf Buffalos should ideally be mown every 7 - 10 days at a height of approx. 15-20mm during summer and in winter mow every 3-5 weeks at a similar height. We recommend applying a quality wetting agent and/or retainer (preferably three times a year at the beginning of summer, mid-summer and early spring) will improve water penetration and retention in the soil.

Couch Grasses

• Soft leaf - Non-irritant • Moderately invasive • Moderate maintenance required • Excellent wear, recuperative and green up rate • Disease and pest resistant • Requires minimum 4-5 hours direct sunlight daily • Drought tolerant

• Grows in sandy soils and clays Couch grasses should ideally be mown every 10-14 days at a height of approx. 10 - 12mm during summer and in winter mow every 3-5 weeks raising the mowing height to approx. 12-16mm. An even ground is important and annual to biannual scarifying might be necessary, ideally during the spring months. We recommend applying a quality wetting agent and/or retainer (preferably three times a year at the beginning of summer, mid-summer and early spring) will improve water penetration and retention in the soil.

Kikuyu Grasses

• Soft leaf - Low irritant • Medium maintenance due to invasive nature • High thatching if not mown regularly • Excellent wear, recuperative and green-up rate • Excellent disease and pest resistance • Kikuyu Turf requires minimum 5-6 hours direct sunlight daily • Drought resistant

• Grows in sandy soils and clays Kikuyu Turf should ideally be mown every 10-14 days at a height of approx. 12-16mm during summer and in winter mow every 3-5 weeks and raise the mowing height to approx. 16-20mm. We recommend applying a quality wetting agent and/or retainer (preferably three times a year at the beginning of summer, mid-summer and early spring) will improve water penetration and retention in the soil.

Zoysia Grasses

• Soft leaf - Non-irritant

• Excellent resistance to weeds, pests and diseases

• Excellent cold hardiness

• Easy weed control

• Low water usage

• Less mowing

• Drought tolerant

• Grows in sandy soils and clays Zoysia should ideally be mown every 14 - 21 days at a height of approx. 15-20mm during summer and in winter mow every 3-5 weeks at a similar height. We recommend applying a quality wetting agent and/or retainer (preferably three times a year at the beginning of summer, mid-summer and early spring) will improve water penetration and retention in the soil.

Queensland Blue

• Soft leaf - Non-irritant Non-Invasive

• Low maintenance

• Excellent resistance to weeds, pests and diseases

• Less thatch

• Immaculate Appearance and colour

• Requires 5-6 hours of sunlight per day

• Drought tolerant

• Grows in sandy soils and clays Queensland Blue should ideally be mown every 10-14 days at a height of approx.10-13mm during summer and in winter mow every 4-5 weeks and raise the mowing height to approx. 14-16mm. Verti-mowing or scarifying in spring is recommended every 2-3 years. We recommend applying a quality wetting agent and/or retainer (preferably three times a year at the beginning of summer, mid-summer and early spring) will improve water penetration and retention in the soil.

Velvetene™

• Grows in clay or sandy soils

• Soft leaves provide a non-itching surface

• Non-invasive to garden beds.

• Grows in full sun or with a minimum of 4 hours sun and tolerates filtered shade areas

• Outstanding deep colour with minimal fertiliser

• Grows in a wide range of soils from pH 4 to 9.5

• Can be maintained with poor quality water sources

• Tolerates high salt environments

• Environmentally friendly Velvetene™ should ideally be mown every 7 - 14 days at a height of approx. 10 - 12mm during summer and in winter mowing every 21 - 35 days at a height of approx. 15 - 18mm. Apply fertiliser in Spring and Autumn height 15 - 18mm. Applying a quality wetting agent or retainer at least twice a

INSTALLING OPEN SPACE TURF AND LAWNS

We recommend the following steps be taken when planting your lawn:

1. Install adequate, quality irrigation - You will need to design and install an efficient irrigation system. A Waterwise Irrigation Specialist can provide advice, or design and install a system, to ensure your new lawn will receive the right amount of water on your sprinkler roster day. Remember to retain uniformity with sprinkler types. Undertake a catch cup test immediately after installation to ensure that 10mm of water is being delivered per watering session.

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Neergabby Soft Leaf Buffalo Supplied and installed

Here West Coast Turf wheel barrowed in 5m3 of lawn sand to improve drainage and root growth. once we have carted the sand around the back it is then raked and screeded. Before a roll of lawn is installed a wetting agent and “turf Stater” fertiliser is applied which is the thoroughly watered in to ensure the new roots have plenty of food and moisture.

Elizabeth Quay Repairs

Blast From the Past:

12 Months ago West Coast turf was contracted to repair turf Damaged from a festival at Elizabeth quay. Here the client gave us just 5 days to remove 4500m2 of dead lawn, supply spread and level 90m3 of Lawn sand, then supply and install 4500m2 of Jumbo roll Zulu Kikuyu. West Coast Turf was able to get it done in just 4 days.

Harold Boas Park, West Perth

West Coast Turf removed Dead and damaged Lawn caused by wear and shade issues, Once the dead turf is removed then we are able to spread a layer of lawn sand allowing for fast root growth and a better surface to lay the lawn. Once the area is ready West Coast Turf then Supplied and installed the new Kikuyu lawn, Harold Boas Gardens, West Perth is now Ready for the Wedding Season.