What Does Sir Walter Buffalo (DNA Certified) mean for me in Perth?

At Superior Lawns Australia we are proud to supply DNA certified Sir Walter Buffalo to all our customers in the Perth Metropolitan area. 

 Sir Walter Buffalo DNA Certified

There has been a lot of talk within the Perth market about different types of buffalos, whether or not they are Sir Walter; beware of imitators. Genuine Sir Walter buffalo can only be purchased from accredited Lawn Solutions Australia members... lucky for you, Superior Lawns is a proud member of the group! You can be sure you are receiving 'breeder guaranteed' Sir Walter every time when you purchase from us! 

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Sir Walter Buffalo (DNA Certified) is one of the most popular turf varieties in Perth and Australia with over 60 million metres being sold throughout Australia. To put that into perspective that's equal to over 450,000 homes. 

So what makes Sir Walter Buffalo DNA Certified such a popular variety? 

Our Sir Walter lawn will pretty much grow in any conditions; full sun, shade, in extreme heat as well as frosty conditions and is drought tolerant. What more could you ask for in a superior lawn? It is also non invasive which means it is a low maintenance lawn; it's low allergenic and weed resistant with a lush green colour. 

Why do we sell our Sir Walter in slabs?

That's a really good question. We exclusively cut our Sir Walter Buffalo in slabs rather then rolls and what a difference it makes. Each slab is slightly thicker then rolls; 50mm, which means you got a larger portion of the root profile. There is no need to use a compactor after installation and your lawn will instantly look like its been there for years. The slabs are easy to install so why not give it a go yourself? If you are intersted in purchasing our DNA Certified Sir Walter Buffalo give us a call on 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au for more information. 

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We are proud members of the Lawn Solutions Australia team. We look forward to providing you with turf for your home to add the finishing touches. 

TifTuf - The Lawn of the Future for Perth

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We are so excited to announce that our TifTuf is for sale in Perth, WA.

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With over 25 years of research and development from the University of Georgia; TifTuf Bermuda is set to change the playing field (excuse the pun) for turf in Perth and Western Australia as a whole. 

TifTuf was hand picked from over 30,000  different varieties of Bermuda and the main reason for this is its superior drought and shade tolerance. Not to mention its wear tolerance (higher then most other turf varieties on the market) as well as its ability to maintain its lush green colour during winter when most other varieties tend to yellow off.  

With a fine leaf blade and dense growth TifTuf is a perfect turf variety for the Perth residential market or even commercial use in larger open spaces. It has the ability to hand high traffic areas and with a fine leaf blade it maintains a high level of shade tolerance whilst still being soft under foot.

What you need to know about TifTuf?

  • TifTuf requires on average 38% less water then other turf varieties which means it is extremely drought tolerant; perfect for Perth water restrictions in summer.
  • Heat tolerant which means it can maintain a healthy green colour/growth throughout the heat of the Perth summer (with little water) 
  • TifTuf maintains its colour throughout winter
  • Self repairing
  • High tolerance to shade
  • Comes with a 10 Year Product Warranty
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To purchase your TifTuf today or to find out more about the lawn of the future call us today on 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au 

Need Help with Dog Urine Burns?

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We often get people calling up about dead patches in their grass usually as a result of pets urine. Thanks to the team at Lawn Solutions Australia; they have come up with 5 possible solutions which you might like to try. 

What causes the urine to burn my turf?

Dogs are carnivores and have a high amount of protein in their diets. This protein is excreted as nitrogen when the dog urinates. Nitrogen is great for your lawn when in the right quantities, but an excessive amount will cause the grass to burn. What you need to do is reduce the amount of Nitrogen in your dog’s urine.

5 Methods of Prevention

Successfully putting a stop to urine burn often requires a few different approaches.

1. Watering an area straight after urination will dilute the urine and prevent it from burning. This obviously can be quite difficult to follow up all of the time, but if you do see your dog urinate then straight away is the time to take action.

2. Feed your dog a well-balanced dog food that has the protein level your dog requires. This will ensure you are not creating more nitrogenous waste than necessary and most importantly will be good for your dog’s health.

3. Encouraging your dog to drink more water will also help. Make sure their water bowl is always full and clean. Having more than one water bowl might also provide additional encouragement.

4. f possible, train your dog to urinate in the same area. This will help restrict damage to one area instead of the entire lawn and you can then target that area for additional watering and lawn care.

5. Another popular option is to try dog rocks. Dog Rocks®filter out impurities from water such as Tin, ammonia and nitrates. Putting Dog Rocks® into your dog’s water bowl may help reduce the impurities your dog consumes and be the answer for preventing any more urine burns from affecting your lawn.

By utilising a combination of these tips, you should achieve some positive results.

** We have also heard that giving your dog a spoonful of baked beans can assist in reducing the burn. Give it a go and let us know if it worked! 

For more tips like this visit the Lawn Solutions Australia website. 

How to Install Your Own Lawn

Apply a starter fertiliser to your soil

Once you have a reasonable amount of underlay leveled (100mm is recommended but this may vary for different lawn varieties), apply a starter fertiliser such as Sir Launcher, Turf Start and a quality soil wetter. This will encourage deeper root growth and really support your lawn in the establishment phase. 

Start laying turf around the perimeter

If you are laying your turf on a slop, start at the bottom. Place your rolls or slabs of turf around the perimeter of the area and lay between the perimeter. Stagger the joints in a brickwork fashion to avoid erosion and butt the turf closely together to avoid gaps - this is where your turf can dry out and cause a patchy lawn if not installed correctly. 

Don't throw turf offcuts away

When cutting is required use a sharp knife or shears, but don't throw these off cuts away! When you have finished laying you will probably find there are a few unusual spaces to fill and these bits are perfect for that. 

Water your new lawn as soon as possible

Water as soon as possible. If you are laying a large lawn, try and water as you go - especially on hot days. If you have access to a roller, we recommend rolling the lawn to ensure good root contact to the soil. NB for our Sir Walter DNA Certified customers rolling will not be required as our lawn is sold in slabs. 

 

NPK - what does it mean and why is it so important?

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Knowing why NPK is important for your lawn will help you to understand how you are helping  your lawn when you fertilise. 

For the most part, as long as you use a good quality fertilser that is suited to your turf variety (where all the scientific work has been done) your lawn will thrive. 

Lawn fertilisers come in many varying types and blends and can be quite confusing as to which is the right option for your. Grass is like any other plant - it takes in nutrients and air through the soil and sunlight through the leaves for photosynthesis where the conversion to sugars and energy takes place. The job of lawn fertilisers is to keep this in balance and help provide the nutrients that your lawn is lacking. 

(N) Nitrogen - Nitrogen is largely responsible for the growth of leaves on the plant and is the most talked about nutrient when it comes to lawns and is usually the highest percentage of your NPK ratio. Lawns love Nitrogen, but it is important to strike a balance between strong leaf growth and strong roots capable of supporting it as well. This is where phosphorus comes in. 

(P) Phosphorus - Phosphorus is largely responsible for root growth and is actually quite a low percentage of the overall NPK ratio. Phosphorus moves slowly through the soil, and isn't used in great amounts by your lawn.

(K) Potassium - Potassium is a nutrient that helps the overall functions of the plant perform correctly. Potassium is an essential macro-nutrient used in the largest quantities by plants for vigor and growth. Potassium helps grass withstand drought and disease. IT also helps the plant to more effectively use Nitrogen. 

By Understanding how these nutrients effect the overall health of your lawn, you will be better equipped to identify deficiencies in your lawn and the tell tale signs of stress, which will help you know when it's a good time to fertilise. 

The original blog post can be found on the Lawn Solutions Australia website. 

Edging... there is an art to it!

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Sometimes we run out of time to add the finishing touches to the lawn - but don't forget the edging. Finishing your lawn off with a nice edge can be compared to adding a frame to a painting; it makes all the difference.

If your lawn looks a bit scraggly around the edges, the overall appearance of your lawn is definitely diminished. Not everyone has a lawn edger... that's OK; a whipper snipper can do the job but its important to know how to use it to get the best results. 

The team at Lawn Solutions Australia have come up with 5 tips for getting a great finish every time. 

1. Choosing your trimmer; the main types are corded/cordless and petrol powered trimmers. Petrol trimmers will have more power and you will find these much easier for larger spaces. The may find the corded trimmers are a bit annoying as you will need to drag an extension lead behind you - but these are all you need if the space is small. The cordless trimmers are convenient in that sense, but do tend to lack the right power to get that precision edge. 

2. Speed; your trimmer will work best when at full speed. So, keeping your trimmer line away from the edge and working your way in (this is the key to maintaining speed). Avoid starting the line trimmer already in the grass - the aim is to cut the quickest and cleanest cuts; the tip of the line does all the cutting so keeping the majority of the line clear will result in the cleanest cuts. 

3. Spin Direction; depending on which way your trimmer spins, you will need to be sure you are cutting with one side and the cuttings are being ejected to the opposite side. i.e if your trimmer spins counter clockwise you will need to keep the right side closer to the edge so that the clippings are being ejected away from it. This will keep the cutting path clear and allow you to achieve a much better result.

4. Edging and tapering; edging will be important for driveways and paths where you are after a clean edge to something parallel. This is where you hold the edge of the trimmer so that the string is vertical. This will provide a crisp cut line where you want the grass to end. Tapering is used for fencing and retaining walls where you hold the edge of the trimmer so that the string is at a slight angle. This will ensure you don't scalp a full run of grass by trimming parallel and get a nice gradual blend between the object and the grass. 

5. Regular trims; as with mowing it is important that you keep on top of the edging and no not allow it to get out of control. So, the more you do it, the more likely your edges will stay uniform and the easier they will be to tidy up, and the better you will get at it. 

The original blog post was found on the Lawn Solutions Australia Website. Superior Lawns Australia is proud to be a member of Lawn Solutions Australia. 

Lawn Solutions Featuring on Better Homes and Gardens

Did you miss the segment on Better Homes and Gardens? Don't worry, we have the clip for you here. 

The segment included;

  • A brief history of turf farming (in Australia)
  • How turf is cut and delivered
  • Sir Walter DNA and Lawn Solutions Australia history
  • AusGAP Certification and the importance of choosing quality turf
  • LSA's Turfgrass research

Here at Superior Lawns Australia we are proud to be affiliated with Lawn Solutions Australia. The research and development is second to none which means we can provide our customers with the best quality turf for our unique enviroment and soil types.