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CT Lawns is a trusted name amongst Brisbane families because we understand which grasses work in your area. We also understand the importance of a cool, green lawn in Brisbane. It’s not just turf – it’s childhood fun, summer barbecues, and the feel of grass between your toes; it’s stepping out into warm Brisbane evenings and cool Brisbane mornings.

We specialise in a range of turf suitable for Brisbane lawn installations, such as Sir Walter Buffalo Grass and Zoysia Grass. These varieties thrive in Brisbane conditions and require minimal watering, fertilising, and weeding, so your family can enjoy a lush lawn with ease.

CT Lawns is all about helping Brisbane families to put down roots and grow. CT Lawns is one of Queensland’s oldest turf farms, and if there’s one thing we know, it’s turf. We’ve built our family business from the ground up and now our landscape supplies help Brisbane families to create a perfect environment to flourish. We’re proud that our turf is the beginning of your landscaping project, the foundation for your family’s outside sanctuary.Check out our website to see how we can help you to get the lawn you’re after.

“Well, hello outside!” What a difference quality turf and a landscaped garden can make!

From a lush, welcoming front yard (that will impress guests and turn the neighbours green with envy) to a hardy, soft playground out back, CT Lawns transforms your landscape and supplies you with the backdrop for your family memories.

Say hello to outside fun, to healthy fresh air, to energetic play and warm Brisbane evenings under the stars. It’s amazing what a difference a landscaped life can make.

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How to Lay Turf – Tips on Laying Turf Yourself

How difficult can it be? Surely laying turf is as simple as unrolling carpet? Not quite! But, with the right advice, laying turf is something you can do yourself with excellent results. So, how do you lay turf?

The growing appeal of groundwork

As impatient as you are to transform that bare patch into a lush, green oasis, you have to do some groundwork before you can start laying turf. The flatter and smoother the site, the better your new instant lawn will look, levelling off the site is a great idea.

Weeds can pop up anywhere, anytime. A thorough application of quality weedkiller will minimise the chances of weeds making an unwelcome appearance on your new lawn. While you’re at it, get rid of rubbish, stones or anything that might stop your turf from growing properly.

One more thing. Drainage. If your yard does not allow for a natural water flow away from your house, patios etc, you should have some sort of drainage system in place, otherwise your hard work and investment will be swamped by excess water – that’s the sort of irrigation your new lawn just doesn’t need.

Turf & soil: the perfect connection

So, what top soil should you use? Invest in nutrient-rich topsoil; it’s the base for any good lawn. Don’t settle for topsoil that is dirt-cheap – pun intended. Pay a little more for topsoil and enjoy a healthier, more attractive lawn.

How and where you spread the topsoil will determine whether the area is flat or undulating, something to take into account when working out how much soil to order. Just be sure to have at least 50mm of good soil under your new lawn at a minimum. By ordering the incorrect amount you may find yourself spreading your topsoil too thin on flat areas after you’ve created that ‘rolling hills’ look (learn more about top dressing lawns)

To get your turf at the same level as your hardscaped features e.g. concrete or paving, a general rule is to spread the topsoil to about 25mm below the height of any hardscaped area. Once the topsoil is spread, tread it lightly to even it out but don’t over-compact the soil – this could affect the initial connection between the roots in the turf and the topsoil, and this connection is key to the establishment of your turf.

Grass ain’t grass

Selecting the right grass type comes down to more than choosing cheap turf, or what you think looks nice. When laying turf, you must consider several other factors including how shaded or sunny the area will be now or in the future as the gardens grow; how much watering you want to do; or even how much water is available to you. Some grass types require less care and attention but look great, some hard wearing lawns such as Sir Walter or Wintergreen Couch look as nice and do a great job in busy backyards. A reputable Brisbane turf supplies company will discuss these things with you, and their advice is gold. Take it!

Lawn preparation

Once you’ve done the groundwork, you can finally start laying turf. Never stretch the turf, and ensure there is good contact between the underside of the turf and the topsoil. Start by laying a strip around all the borders to your area and then cut the rest in. Lay turf across a slope, not down it, and lay along the longest border if you can, this helps keep it straight. Try to use full slabs as much as possible and try to avoid small off-cuts filling gaps.
After the turf has been laid, water immediately, and give the turf a roll with a roller to bed the roots down into the soil and push any end pieces back into the ground. Give the turf a regular daily watering until it is well established for a minimum of 2 weeks. Once you’ve reached that stage, try a deep watering once a week. Of course, the type of grass you choose will dictate how much watering you have to do; your turf supplier will tell you just how much. Weather conditions will also play a major factor.

If some turf edges have not knitted with the topsoil after several weeks, or if they continue to ‘stand up’ a little, you can walk over the lawn to press down those stray edges; mowing will also take care of this. As for mowing? All lawns need mowing, and your turf will be ready for its first cut after it is well established. Be a little patient though – it is better to wait than rush in. A general rule of thumb is to mow it as soon as it looks like it needs it, especially if it has gone to seed, this means it is well established.

Now you know how to lay turf, the question is should you lay your own turf?

While laying turf yourself is a task made easier with thorough preparation, it’s still one of the simplest jobs around the home. Rolling out the turf, like all things green, can make for a rewarding day in the garden. However, without proper care early on, you risk your turf turning brown, normally caused by the lack of water early on, especially in summer. Now you know how to lay turf but if you’re not a patient, successful green thumb, it might be smarter to leave it to the experts.

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Lawn Grubs In Brisbane – How to Get Rid of Them!

Lawn grubs in Brisbane, and beyond, are no longer a little problem. Lawn grubs, always prevalent in South East Queensland, have reached epidemic proportions. The blighters are everywhere. But fear not. If they’ve found a home in your lawn, and are starting to outstay their welcome, there are ways to get rid of them.

Are there lawn grubs at your place?

Lawn grubs infest Brisbane lawns year round, particularly in warm, wet weather, which makes the period between November to May a real danger time. But how do you know if lawn grubs are calling your green, green grass home? The first indicator is a patchy lawn – brown or bare patches on your lawn are tell-tale signs. Closer inspection of your lawn may reveal green or brown droppings, and white moths flying over the lawn as the sun goes down could also point to the presence of lawn grubs.

A little further afield, there might be white egg sacs near your house, fences, and shrubs. These sacs are another sign that lawn grubs are about. For actual, concrete evidence, try the hessian test. Place some wet hessian on your lawn overnight and check it early next morning while it’s still cool. The hessian should draw the grubs to the surface and they’ll be easy to spot. This is a particularly effective test on new lawns. Or, you can flood a section of your lawn and watch as the grubs come to the surface.

Make your lawn less enticing to grubs

Lawn grubs are actually quite discerning. They prefer some grass types to others. Couch and Kikuyu lawns are more prone to grub infestation than Buffalo grasses, like Sir Walter Turf. If you’re investing in new turf, this is certainly something to keep in mind.

Be careful when you fertilise, particularly in January and February, lawn grubs will see this as an invitation to move in and make themselves at home. Lawns that require little in the way of fertiliser – again Sir Walter Buffalo grass comes to mind – will be much less appealing to grubs.

Getting rid of lawn grubs

If you have lawn grubs, you need to get rid of them. Lawn grubs in Brisbane are just bad news and will leave your lawn looking brown, barren and plain awful. They’ve got to go!

A low-tech way to get rid of lawn grubs involves an extension of the hessian test. Lay wet hessian upon the lawn overnight. In theory, the lawn grubs will attach themselves to the hessian, which you can then pick up and dispose of early the next morning.

If getting up early to get rid of lawn grubs is not your cup of tea, there are some excellent pest control products specially formulated to control lawn grubs.

There are more lawn grubs in Brisbane than ever. It really is an epidemic and there’s a chance your lawn is being eaten alive as you read this. So, now you’ve read about them, go and check for them. The evidence is easy to spot – and the treatment just as simple. By acting now, and following it up with regular checks and treatments, you’ll get rid of lawn grubs…and be left with nothing but beautiful lawn!

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Prepare Your Lawn For Spring Entertaining – Plan Your Melbourne Cup Lawn Party

The Melbourne Cup might be run and won at Flemington, but the highlight of the Spring Racing Carnival is an event much closer to home. It’s the Melbourne Cup lawn party happening on your spring lawn. So it’s time to prepare your lawn for spring! An afternoon on the lawn, capped off by the big race, can be a truly memorable event. Here are some tips on hosting a winning Melbourne Cup party, or any lawn party this spring.

Roll out the green carpet

When you prepare your lawn for spring entertaining, like a Melbourne Cup party, you should follow some basic rules. Swanky high heels on a bumpy lawn are not a good match. To avoid unsightly falls, thrills and spills, choose an even patch of lawn for your party or top dress the lawn with soil to fill out the bumps. At the same time, apply lawn fertiliser (we recommend Lawntastic Premium Fertiliser) to boost the colour of the grass. When it’s time to mow the lawn for the party that will stop your little corner of the nation, avoid the temptation to mow too low. Some guests might prefer to stand, and slightly longer lawn will be more comfortable underfoot.

Raceway colour in your own backyard

As with any party, a Melbourne Cup do will be brought to life with a splash of colour. If you’re erecting a gazebo, you could decorate it with the colours that every jockey will be wearing in the great race. A lot of work, but a spectacular result! You might want to go all Ascot and be oh so refined by choosing a more understated colour theme – one might consider pastel shades, mightn’t one? If your lawn party is a totally open air event, like those famous car park parties at Flemington, you can hang streamers, ribbons and balloons from the trees to add atmosphere.

More bubbly, daaahling?

Catering for your guests is a major consideration. Lawn parties lend themselves to food like chicken drumsticks and cucumber sandwiches; finger food that’s easy to eat while you’re standing, as opposed to a full sit-down meal. However, as this is the Melbourne Cup, you might feel the need to cater on a scale as grand as the race itself. This will involve lots of cooking, lots of serving, and lots of clearing up, which could see you working while everyone else is enjoying the party. Best bet? Keep it simple but classy, so you can enjoy the festivities with your guests. A spoonful of caviar on a blini is the ultimate in finger food, and suitably indulgent.

Bubbly is usually the lawn party beverage of choice. A champagne cocktail on arrival, and a glass or two with lunch always goes down well. As a host, you’ll want to ensure your guests don’t over-indulge so offer a range of non-alcoholic cocktails. They can be as much fun as their boozy counterparts, especially with a little umbrella on top – in jockeys’ colours, of course – and a catchy name. Who can refuse a Makybe Diva Delight? A Might And Power Passionfruit Punch? Or a Flemington Fling?

Watching the big race

You can’t miss the big race! That’s what you’re all there for. But watching it can raise some issues. Inviting the guests to watch the Cup inside your house means they might bring in grass and leaves on their fancy footwear – in all the excitement, not everyone will think to remove your shoes. It’s preferable if you can watch the race from your happening party venue, but that involves having a television in close proximity to the outdoor celebrations. You need a location for your TV where it can be seen and heard, and where no one is at risk of electric shock. Give it some serious thought!

After the race is run

The race is run, and your guests have departed. Time to clean up. And time to check out the state of the lawn. After all, sharp stiletto heels can damage a lawn when the person wearing them is jumping up and down as their horse charges towards the finishing post. Gazebos, tables and chairs can leave their mark, as can the footsteps of all your guests. The day after your party, you might want to aerate the patch of lawn you used for your party. You might want to top dress with soil again, feed it some more fertiliser and give it a good water. Before long, your lawn will look as good as new and ready to host your next outdoor event. Good luck as you prepare your lawn for spring entertaining – and may your horse win the Cup!
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How To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

Here comes the cold snap! So how do you prepare your lawn for winter? There is no reason why you can’t have the perfect lawn just because the cooler months are coming. Realistically, in South East Queensland, we have a great environment and our winters are not too cool, all you need to do is prepare your lawn a little for the winter months ahead.

Winter lawn health depends on summer care and preparation

For a healthy lawn, ideally your lawn should be well looked after through the summer months and in peak condition coming into winter. During winter you should still fertilize every 6 weeks with a fertilizer that is slower release and higher in nitrogen. Palletized chicken manure is one of my favorites for that long lasting effect.

Winter care and sick soil warning signs

Lawn care in Brisbane is mostly about watering and mowing right. Keep a bit more leaf on shady areas when mowing and watch the amount of water you put on, if the area’s are in the shade, keep an eye on the moisture level. If it stays too wet, the soil will go sour and you will see moss starting to grow on the soil surface. This is normally a fair indication that the ph level is less than satisfactory and you will need to apply some dolomite or lime.

Sir Walter Turf does great products for both fertilisation and soil health.

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Mowing Lawns After Rain – The Secret to Getting Back to a Perfect Lawn

Mowing after rain periods can be a bit tricky. Long grass or patchy growth may mean your lawn might be looking a bit shabby and in need of a good mow. Whether it’s the original grass or you’ve invested in turf, Brisbane‘s crazy weather can be tough. Before you start hacking away with all your might, follow these tips to reclaim your perfect lawn!

Top tips for mowing after rain

  • If it is long, mow it down in two or three goes a little at a time. Most grass types can’t handle aggressive mowing after rain, and you may even rip the blades out at the root.
  • Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Mowing after rain is hard enough without it turning to “hacking after rain!”
  • It might look bad and “scalped” but this is only because it’s been long for so long. Don’t worry, it will recover.
  • It might also appear to be a bit thin after the turf has grown up searching for sunlight in cloudy conditions, not sideward’s in a matting format after constant mowing. A good dose of sunshine will improve this in no time.
  • This could also be a good time for a good fertilize and to top dress your lawn. The amount of rain we have had could have washed any good nutrients through the profile.

For more hints and tips, visit to watch our “Instant Lawn” ‘how to’ video’s. As always, if you have any questions, drop us a line
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What Top Soil Should I Use? Choosing the Right Top Soil for Your Brisbane Lawn or Turf

One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘What top soil should I use?’ The answer is – a good quality sandy loam. Over the last 30 years we have used a number of different soils or sands for preparation of turf areas all over Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and have always found a good sandy loam does the best job.

Should I use commercial “under turf” top soils?

There are a number of ‘under turf’ mixes available at landscape supplies and hardware stores, just be sure it does not contain any foreign matter like paper pulp, broken up bricks or concrete, sticks or other vegetation matter.

If in doubt, ask your supplier or feel free to call or email CT Lawns for further advice.

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