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6 reasons Australian gardeners choose Sir Walter Turf

Sir Walter Morning Shot

Note from Jim: in keeping with our recent in depth look into grass types and lawn care tips, today we’ve got Active Turf on to talk through the benefits and details of the Sir Walter Soft turf variety. If you are planning a turf installation, be sure to look back through recent AGT posts as there is a wealth of information on selecting, caring for and installing your lawn that has been shared recently.

If you’re an avid gardener or just someone who wants to improve the look of their lawn, you need to know which type of grass is the most suitable. Different varieties suit different locations, but there is one turf you can rely on almost anywhere in Australia.

Sir Walter Soft Leaf is a resilient and attractive lawn from the Buffalo turf variety that makes a distinct impression for its superior colour and hard-wearing qualities.

Active Turf provides six reasons why Australian gardeners prefer to use Sir Walter Buffalo Turf over other types of grass.

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Why You Need Custom Outdoor Blinds

Folding Arm Awning Picture

Note from Jim: A lot of you have been looking for practical info on building out parts of your gardens into more useable outdoor space, so I’ve invited along Dave from Bozzy Shade Blinds to walk through the advantages of incorporating outdoor blinds into your designs. If you have any questions on this, leave a comment below and Dave or myself will get in touch to answer your questions.
(Make sure you check out my most popular and helpful articles when you get a chance).

Outdoor areas are a valuable addition to any home, but enjoying your outdoor space can be a bit tricky when the weather decides not to cooperate with your plans. While there’s not a lot you can do about changing the weather, there is a lot you can do to save your outdoor areas from the mercy of the elements. Installing custom made outdoor blinds is the simplest solution to not only provide shelter, but also keep your outdoor areas looking great.

Of course, there are other options besides custom made outdoor blinds but with premade blinds, you can never be sure you’re getting products that are precisely suited to your various needs. Custom made outdoor blinds are simply the best choice for every situation and here are just a few reasons why. [click to continue…]

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Secrets to growing Australian natives year round


Note from Jim: This week we are focussing back on one of the AGT community’s favourite topics and something that we are passionate about here: growing and nurturing Australian native plants in your backyard (check out my other articles on Australian natives as well).  My thanks to Sitesahade for putting the following tips together for us.  Feature image source: Flickr.com

Australia is home to some of the most beautiful native flora in the world. The rare and unique qualities of the species that only grow in our little pocket of the planet have become highly sought after.

These unusual species of plant life dot our landscape, creating a stunning vista admired by gardening buffs and anyone with an appreciation for the majestic. So how do you foster Australian natives in your own space? And more importantly, how can you help them thrive all year round?

Creating a healthy native garden is easier than it may seem. We’ve compiled a few tips to help grow your natives. [click to continue…]


Can I lay turf in winter?

Can I lay turf in Winter?

Note from Jim: Thanks to High Quality Turf for the following post. Let’s jump straight into it!

The answer is ‘yes, you can’. In Australia, turf can be laid all year around, provided you take some seasonal precautions.

In winter, the key thing to remember is that turf will take longer to establish – around four weeks, compared to about a fortnight in the warmer summer months. But that shouldn’t be a deterrent for anyone wanting to lay new turf. The most important things are good ground preparation and initial maintenance – both are essential to achieving a great lawn. [click to continue…]

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Outdoor Living for You!

Outdoor Living for You!

Note from Jim: This week we have Jessica Socheski on AGT with a post on outdoor design and living spaces, with some useful tips and practical advice.  Over to Jessica, and please leave any questions or comments below, we will both get back to you.

Any season of year is the perfect time to refresh and expand your yard and deck. Outdoor living is a fun way to enjoy barbecues and fresh air. If you love enjoyed your deck or patio space, then here are five fantastic projects and additions to develop your outdoor area into an incredible entertaining and just plain hanging out atmosphere. [click to continue…]


5 Maintenance Tips for your Autumn Lawn and Gardens

Autumn garden tips

Note from Jim: It’s that time of year again where the days get shorter, and colder. This week I’ve pulled together some general tips and ideas for how to keep your garden in the best possible shape at this time of year, heading towards winter. Hope you find this helpful, let me know in the comments below.

It’s the end of summer. As the leaves change color and the grass grows slower, you can feel nature preparing for the long winter ahead.

Autumn is a time of preparation. Each plant and each blade of grass on your property is storing nutrients and energy so it can survive the winter and blossom in all its majesty come spring. Why not help our green and growing friends along this fall with these helpful outdoor maintenance tips? [click to continue…]


Weed Control That Won’t Break Your Back

A weed sprayer can save a lot of back breaking work in the garden, particularly for those lacking mobility or with health concerns.

Note from Jim: This week we are looking at weed control and I’m pleased to welcome Sally James, an accredited Rapid Spray dealer as a guest writer to offer some great tips on efficient weeding that won’t take it’s toll on you or your body.  Take it away Sally!

Unfortunately, weeds have a habit of just showing up around your yard like uninvited guests, and you’ll need to stay vigilant in making sure your beautiful lawn doesn’t become overrun with them. There is, however, a way to more effortlessly control weeds in and around your garden without suffering aches and pains for days afterwards.  [click to continue…]