Long Weekend Jobs

Relaxing this weekend?

Or getting into all those jobs around the house that you have been meaning to do for weeks, months or years?

Will you be sorting out that Containers draw in your kitchen and looking for all the lids that match the bottoms? Will you be cleaning out that bathroom cupboard that hasn’t been touched for years? Will you be going through your wardrobe to try and get rid of those clothes that you are holding onto incase one day you fit into it again?

Or will you be outside playing in the sun, getting your yard ready for turf? Spreading some soil, getting your hands dirty and then being able to relax with that nice cool beverage in your hand at the neon of the day , knowing you have worked hard and done a good thing.

I know which one I would rather be doing! And it’s not the inside cleaning activities. I know its a really good thing that everyone does the whole inside big spring clean. Get rid of what’s not needed or doesn’t fit anymore and get ready for warmer seasons. But so often you do all this cleaning and put everything away neatly in the cupboard, and it looks exactly the same as when you started! OR worse because there are boxes everywhere. Which means more cleaning and eventually when you have more time and you remember a trip to the Opp Shop. Where you inevitably end up buying more of other peoples junk to out int o your cupboard or draws.

Isn’t it a much better idea to go outside and prepare your yard for a brand new lawn.? Isn’t it better to be able to really see all the hard work you have put in? And know that you are preparing for bigger and better things to come. Like your new green fresh lovely lawn?

The place where you can sit in the sun. Relax on the lawn. Play all the important backyard sports like Cricket and football?

And best of all, the place you can spend all you time in the warmer months, in the cool comforting natural environment of your lawn; instead of the harsh mean guilt tripping house that gives you that feeling of “you should clean me. wash me! Scrub me!”

All your new Coastal Turf lawn will say to you is “Come outside and play! Yes do come and enjoy yourself on the lawn! Roll around on the grass, play with the kids. Kick that ball on me! Why not invite friends over for a BBQ on me tonight?”

Now tell me what you are doing this weekend?

Coastal Turf’s new online ordering

Coastal Turf is really excited to announce the launch of our online ordering system.

This is for all of us who run out of time in our days. For those days that you look up at the clock and cannot believe it is already 4.30pm. And you don’t know if where the day has gone. So this online ordering system is perfect for you.

This is for all those busy couples who one half calls and talks to us in the office to discuss which is the best variety of turf for their lawn, but haven’t had a chance to talk to their partner about it before our office closes at 4pm. The online ordering system means you can place your order quickly and easily.

This is for all those busy stay at home parents, who every time you get on the phone your toddler screams and desperately needs your attention. This is a quiet easy way to order in the 2 mins you have free while hiding in the toilet. (or was that just how Sarah hid from her kids?)

This is for all those people who suddenly realise that they need Turf for Saturday and have forgotten to order it. We have all been there.

This is for everyone!

Our online ordering system allow you to put your measurements in on our measurement tool and then order the square meterage of your desired turf. Don’t forget to order your under turf fertiliser.

You choose your delivery date.

And then await your confirmation email and installation guide; ready for when your turf arrives!

We ask for 3 days notice please so we can ensure that you receive the best quality turf for your new lawn.

Instant turf with instant ordering.

Its so Hot and dry, is it a good time to install a new lawn?

It’s getting hotter, and in doing so it is getting dyer. And this is a real concern to people putting down a new lawn. Many people are putting off installing a new lawn “until it rains”. 

There is a lot of misconceptions about the amount of water that you need to have a beautiful lush green lawn. Many people think that your water bill will be quadrupled and that it is a waste of water. Well if you drown your lawn it  most definitely is. It will also do real damage to your lawn, possibly killing it. Using a smart guide to watering your new lawn will ensure that no water is “wasted” and that your lawn is only getting the amount of water that it requires. 

Preparation is the key to any good result. And in the case of your new lawn, preparation comes in the form of  having a healthy soil base. This will ensure that you have a healthy green lawn. Your soil will be the deciding factor in if your water is just leached away, drowns your lawn, or if the water stay near the root systems. 

A good soil, means a Great lawn and less watering bills.

Your Under Turf Soil should be fluffy and airy. It should have 5 main components according to REDMAN, RODGERS, RUCK and TRANTER (2011). This is no matter where you live! It should have 

  1. Organic Matter. – This means that it needs decomposing plants and animals within the soil to provide nutrients and organic elements to the soil which is essential to plant health. Remember the old Blood and Bone that our Grandparents used to love to spread? The decomposing material will also enable the soil to hold its structure. This is really important to allow the movement of water and air though the soil to get to the root system. 
  2. Minerals – These are usually provided by natural soft “rocks” which break down into the soil. They provide natural elements that the roots system can take up to keep your lawn healthy. They also hold the soils shape. 
  3. Air – This sounds strange, doesn’t it? Because Air is not something that we associate with under ground. But the movement of oxygen underground is essential to not only the roots of the plant (they take up oxygen via their root systems as well) but also to the Living organisms within our soils. The pockets of air around the soil particles allows the water to move through the soil to the root system and then move away as well so no root rot occurs. 
  4. Water – The water dissolves all the minerals and decomposed organic matter and makes it available to the root systems to absorb. Water does also , obviously, hydrate the plant. 
  5. Living Organisms – Now this is not meant to be Lawn grubs. They are bad and nasty. Living organisms means your worms, and microscopic life forms like beneficial nematodes and good plant enriching funguses which help the lawns root systems. The worms poo and leave great food for the roots to absorb. The nematodes keep away the scarab beetles that eat the root systems, and the good funguses create pathways and healthy soils for the roots to live in. Some of your living organisms can be imported, like from a worm farm through castings, which can be added anytime during the life of your lawn.  And others can be mixed through the soil before you lay your turf, like a mushroom compost which has so many wonderful ingredients. 

In preparing your soil, remember that talking to your local landscape yard is vital. Your local soil person will know if your suburb has a sand or clay as the base. And then they can recommend to you which mix is best for your new lawn. At Coastal Turf after many years of experience with lawns on the Gold Coast, Tweed Coast, and Byron Coasts, we know that the best possible soil you can get for your lawn is usually the Garden soil mix from your landscape yard. Most of the soils on our coasts are mostly sandy. Some places have heavy clay soils. And the lucky places have rich soils. 

A Garden soil mix has all the wonderful ingredients to maintain your new lawns health. But if you are on a budget, tell your Soil person what you believe you have there now, and they might create a mix of Sandy Loam, Clay and Compost. Some Yards have a turf underlay. 

Just ensure you are not importing sand into your already sandy soils. This will mean that the water will drain way too quickly. And long waterings will mean you loose your water, and the roots will absorb little to none. An if you are on hard clay, long waterings will mean that water pools and “drowns” the root system, leaving it open to infections that can kill your lawn faster than dehydration! 

To ensure that your soil is perfect for your new lawn, remember 4 things

  1. It should be dark in colour. Almost like the colour of Dark Lindt Chocolate ball. You may need to buy some to compare. And congratulate yourself on having good soil. 
  2. It should have a smell to it. Not delicious like the Dark Chocolate Lindt Ball, but a bit of an icky one.  So not one that you want to rub all over your body. But a smell that the dog will want to roll in. 
  3. And it should stand up to the fist ball tests. This sounds yuck right? But it is really easy and simple, and not yuck at all. All it requires is that  pick up a small amount of soil and squeeze it in your fist really hard. Then slowly open your hand. If the ball of soil stays together then you have a healthy soil that will make your lawn really happy, that will require less watering. If it crumbles and falls apart, you need to do some soil improvements. See…….
  4. Have at least 50mm of soil under your new turf. Preferably 150mm. By having a deep healthy soil under your new turf you are ensuring that there is food and water to nourish your lawn for years to come. 

By having this healthy soil, choosing a drought tolerant grass, (see our turf table here) and following our watering guide you ensure you are never wasting water. And you will have a green lush lawn. A Win-Win  really. 

Special Blue Couch to get rid of the Winter Blues

I am sick of Winter. I am sick of the cold. I am sick of being all wrapped up in several layers of clothes. And leaving home in the dark and getting home in the dark. I think I have the Winter Blues!

Bring on Spring. Bring on the warmer nights and the beautiful days. I can’t wait for longer days filled with sunshine and my ability to wear shorts again. If I take off my jeans now and dare to wear shorts I tend to blind people with the brilliant glowing white that is the colour of my legs.

I don’t know about you but I always find winter so tiring. It may be because of all the winter sports my kids do and all the training we have to go to that feel like they go late into the night because it gets dark so early. I mean really we are all home by 6pm most nights. But it is dark and cold, so it feels like 8pm. Well to me anyway. The kids still seem to have heaps of energy.

I am really really ready for Spring. Ready for sports to finish. Ready for training to finish and ready for the days to go a little longer. And so ready for the sun to come out and make my legs a little less glowing white.

So I have decided to do something about the Winter Blues. And turn them into Growing Green Spring, to put he Spring back in my step. I am going to get outside and walk on my lawn. And my favourite place to walk around bare footed is on my Blue Couch area of my lawn. The lovely soft comforting leaves of the blue couch lawn always make me feel more grounded. More calm. Less frantic. And take me to a happy place.

It may be because the Blue couch takes a third of the watering and fertilising of any other turf grasses. It may be because it stays green and softer longer in Summer and Winter, perfect for my times without shoes outside.

Or it may simply be because my Blue Couch is under my clothes line, and it is a place that my family fear to tread. So, it is my alone space. I don’t know about you, but my kids see the washing line as a place of work. Oh no! How dare I ask them to hang out their own clothes! Oh no! How dare I ask them help bring in their clothes. If you haven’t guessed, I live with teenagers. So my clothes line, surrounded by my brilliant blue Couch is one of my happy places. My alone place away from bickering hungry teenagers.

Blue Couch lawns. The Best way to lift your spirits

So, if like me, you have a bit of the Winter Blues lets do something about it. Let’s get some Brilliant happy green lush Blue Couch lawn at your home to lift your spirits. Make you smile when you step outside onto your soft lush lawn. And if like me, you have teenagers, let’s give you an outdoor area where you can have some time to relax. Or hide. Or worst case senecio, actually hang out the washing. You don’t have to have the Blue Couch exclusively around your clothes line, I would recommend you have it all throughout your yard.

The beautiful soft comforting lawn will make you want to discard your shoes, and walk with bare feet across your lawn. Maybe to hang out the washing. Maybe to sit down and have a relaxing glass of wine on the lawn. Maybe to play a game on the lawn. What ever way you want to use your Blue Couch lawn, it will become your happy place.

And because I want everyone to have a happy place to get rid of the Winter Blues and get the Growing Green in Spring feelings we are having a Special Blue Couch offer for $5.95 a sqm for the Blue Couch in our larger paddocks.

Get in contact with us today to ask more about the Blue Couch and how we can make Growing Green with the Blue happen at your place.

Winter lawn installations

Wow. How cold was it now! I really think that Winter was waiting behind the door and has now decided to jump out and say “HI! “

I know in the mornings now I well and truely need a jacket. and even my preteen son, who never feels the cold, has started to wear a jumper. usually he travels around in his boards and a shirt. Today it is tricky pants and a jumper. That is a really sign that winter is here. And it is cold!

And how does your turf cope with the cold? Well really well actually. Many people ask me if it is still a good time go year to install a new lawn.

Winter is a great time to install your new lawn. In Winter, the grass plant slows its growth down. So it requires less watering and less fertilising to stay green and healthy.

In Winter when we harvest the turf it is “sleepy”. What does this mean?

Well, in Summer, the grass plant is actively growing. It is consistently looking to grow new roots and new leaves all at once. And when we harvest in the Summer, the plant starts to stress. Because it really really wants to put down new roots. It wants to grow new leaves. And like us when we stress, it heats up. This is why in Summer we say you HAVE to install your new lawn within 6 hours of delivery. Otherwise the turf can stress, heat up, and burn. Sometimes even die.

Nt to mention in Summer when you install your new lawn, you are out in the heat. The burning Sun. You need hats, sunscreen, and lots of water. Not just for your lawn. But for you!

But in Winter, the plant is more chilled out. Literally as well as figuratively. So cooler temperatures means that the plant is not actively seeking to grow new leaves. It is still sending out its roots to grow, but it is a lot calmer about the situation. The Turf is just chilling. When we harvest the turf in winter, and it does not stress. It calming takes the whole thing in its stride. Meaning, after a more relaxing winter installation, your turf becomes your new lawn.

Your new lawn, being a cool chilled out relaxed winter installed lawn, is not searching fanatically for water. Unlike a Summer installed lawn, you don’t have to water it three times a day. Just a cool refreshing drink once a day to encourage the new root growth.

With a Winter installed lawn, you personally don’t have all the heat stress attacking your body while you rush to get down your new lawn. In Summer you literally have to get the grass down as possible. In Winter, you can ensure that your preparation is perfect. That you have all the fertiliser spread in an even manner. You can stop to have a drink. Smile at your friends and family who are helping you to install your new lawn. Then leisurely pick up each slab and place it on the ground calming. Creating a beautiful new lawn. Super chilled out.

The best part of a winter lawn, is that when Summer does come, with its Hot winds, and scorching sun, your will be kicking back on your fully established thick lush lawn, just Chilling. Congratulating yourself on having the foresight to install our new lawn in Winter. The roots are established deep down. Watering once, maybe twice a week. While your neighbour who is sweating away, red faced and sunburnt, try to installs quickly as possible their new lawn.

All the while your home is cooler and fresher and cleaner because you have a beautiful Green Coastal Turf Winter installed lawn around your home.

The perfect meaning of Chilled.

The perfect place to Chill out over Summer. On your Winter installed Coastal Turf Lawn.

World Chocolate Day

Oh my goodness. I cannot believe I missed World Chocolate Day. I almost feel like I have let down every Woman I know.

I even have chocolate in the fridge! Be it hidden very carefully in the fridge so my family thinks it is a vegetable. It is school holidays. You cannot be too careful. I could have had a day of eating delicious chocolate!

Yesterday was July 7th, World Chocolate Day. Today the 8th of July is World Maths 2.0 Day. Somehow it does not really hold the same excitement or ring to it as the World Chocolate Day. Just none of the self indulgent appeal as World Chocolate Day.

World Maths 2.0 Day is all about the combination of Technology and Maths to create a better world. And the wonderful things that these bring. Like our Mobile Phones, our awesome Coffee Machines and our amazing Turf Harvestor.

Without the brilliance of maths and technology I would still be standing in the rain or the hot baking sun on the back of a tractor hand stacking turf for your new lawns. Instead our amazing harvester does it for us and presents it beautifully to you to become our new lawn. Take a look.

So I guess I will be thankful for Maths 2.0 day. It does aide in the harvesting and helps you create a beautiful new lawn at home. Especially my favourite, a Blue Couch lawn. Which is the variety John was harvesting in this video.

And really Maths 2.0 probably had something to do with how my chocolate does get to my house.

Now where is that Cadbury block I hid from the kids…..

A blue Couch Lawn on a Budget?


Do you need a Blue Couch lawn, but you a a budget you have to stick to? Yes I said NEED.

I think a soft comfortable, low watering, dark green, inviting lawn is a need. A need because you need someone to relax. A need because you NEED a place to be happy. A NEED because you have to breathe and a lawn is the best place to convert CO2 to beautiful O2.

So at Coastal Turf we have a paddock that is nearly ready, but not quite A grade quality. So we thought rather than letting it get fat at our farm, why not send it to mature as someones lawn. And we are happy to provide you with all the advice to make your lawn the best in the street.

This is a super special price of $6 per sqm. And will only be here while the stocks last. Call us now to ask about the Special Blue . 0266763695

Colds, Coughs and Why Mums know best.

Did anyone else’s Mum make them sit outside in the sun on the grass when they were sick as a kid and read a book?

When we were sick and the was sun in the sky, she would bundle us outside on a blanket and some pillows to lie in the sun to read a book. She said the sunshine, fresh air and the natural world would make us feel better.

And it did. Having a runny nose and being able to blow it outside and then have that wonderful hit of fresh clean air in your lungs made it, somehow, easier to breathe. And if you did sneeze on the lawn it landed on the grass. It wasn’t the end of the world.

And quite possibly, just a day relaxing reading your book, sipping on lots of fluids all day, was a healer in itself. But I truely believe that being outside made a difference as well.

As I got older and sillier (I know you are meant to get wiser, but you know when you first move out and you know EVERYTHING! Teenagers and early 20s people are not meant to be SMART people), and possibly a little lazier cause I didn’t have my mum to look after me when I was sick, I used to lie in bed when Colds and flus invaded my body. And all I can remember about those days was the bed would smell yuck. The sheets, the pillows and the quilt all had that sick smell about them. And I think that prolonged my illnesses. And gave myself more housework to do as well.

As I got a little older, I finally got wiser. And definitely less lazier. It may have come from the fact that I now had children of my own. And all of a sudden all these crazy things your mum used to do for you, made sense. And I do them for my kids now. And thankfully myself as well.

This weekend I have caught a cold. I am coughing and sniffing. My hankies, that I never usually carry, are pilled up high in my pockets. I smell of Vicks and my travel coffee cup which is usually filled with rich dark coffee happy smells, is filled to the top with warm with tea. And I am sucking on those cough lollies like there is no tomorrow. My voice, the boys on the farm say, sounds like someone who has smoked for 40 years. ( Just pointing our I have never smoked at all. )

But by going outside, and in the sun, sitting on the grass, sipping my tea, working on my iPad, and even driving my tractor around I am feeling a lot better than I know I would if I lay down in bed and sweated all the yuck into my sheets.

The fresh air is divine. The smell of the freshly cut grass is intoxicatingly wonderful as it over powers the Vicks. The warmth of the sun is making me warm inside and out.

I have a chicken soup on at home in the slow cooker which is going to be amazing! I mean my taste bugs are a little bland at the moment so I might add some extra chilli as well, but I am really looking forward to dinner time. Chicken soup is always a winner when you have a cold. This is my fav winter cold soup recipe.

In the mean time I will use the sun to make me feel warmer. And sitting doing my work today and using my version of a Table made of a Pallet for my work is a brighter and fresher way to spend my day. I think I am feeling better already. And I will use the grass as my chair and feel its comforting leaves help me on my way to recovery.

My Mum really did know best. When the winter coughs and colds come around, take a blanket, or a chair and perch yourself up on your lawn, preferably a Coastal Turf lawn because it will be so soft and comforting (and that is what you need when you are sick. Lots of Comfort) , and breathe the fresh air, open up your lungs again and let your smile return to your face!

Mens Mental Health and his lawn.

Well its the middle of June, and this marks the end of Mens mental health week. It is so important to get our men in our lives out there and talking.

And you know what? Your lawn is a great conversation starter for Men. A great lawn, that is thick and green us a great conversation starter. Neighbours will often stick their head over the fence and ask a quick “how’d you do it” question. and this can lead to so much more Men talk.

Even the most mundane talking about silly things like “how’s your lawn going mate” can lead to Real conversations about how a Mans days went. And all this talking realises little endorphins in Mens heads to make them Feel. And feel good.

And this talking for Mental Health does not have to just be over the fence. It could be with passers by. Or even on Social Media. The Australian Lawn Fanatics on Facebook is a great place for people to come together. And chat. Increasing good Mental Health.

And just being outside in the fresh air, breathing in all the great Oxygen that your lawn creates, is great for Mental Health. Man, Woman or Child.

And what is better for our retired Men than a good lawn bowls. There is always conversations over the grass those days.

Mental health is like all health. It has its Healthy strong times and its weak sick times. It’s important to everyone, that we try to keep ourselves Healthy. And if something as simple as your lawn can help you increase your Healthy strong Mental health, then let’s all get into it. You don’t need an expensive lawn. You don’t even need to start our strong. Just let your Mental health grow Healthy while making your lawn Healthy and strong too.

I am surrounded by men here at Coastal Turf. And in my family. And I know how hard it is for Men to have a chat with their girls about “stuff” but how easy it is for them to have a chat about Lawn care and Lawn Health. And how that just sometimes, that nothing chat change lift them up a little when thing have been a bit down.

So this weekend I am concentrating on Mens mental health. And making him smile more often like this.


Lawns and happiness

Is your lawn the first and the last thing you see as you leave and come home?

And does this lawn make you smile and feel so happy to be home? Or does it make you cringe and feel sad and disappointed?

I now how important home time relaxing time is. When you get home and finally walk thorough your door, you want the pressures of the day to wash away. But if you come home to a patchy, brown, sad looking lawn, sometimes it can bring you down even further.

Our Mental health is something that is so terribly important to us all. But it is something we all often forget about. And put our mental states last, not the importance list.

Research has shown that by having access to green spaces, and I mean actual GREEN spaces, your mental health is vastly improved. People are shown to recover faster from life changing events when they have access to GREEN areas.

And your lawn, at home, the first and the last thing you see as you come and leave home each day, is probably the most important green space you can ever have.

At Coastal Turf we have turf varieties to become your new lawn that take more of the stresses out of your life.

Drought tolerant grasses so you don’t have to stress about watering your lawn.

Shade tolerant grasses so your home can stay private with the shade of trees, but still have a lush lawn.

And low maintenance lawns so you don’t have to stress about mowing.

It’s all about you having a smile on your face, a happy skip tp your step and that content “all is good with the world” feeling in your heart.

Get in contact with us and we can help you get that smile back on your face and that light feeling in your heart.