10 Reasons to love natural turf
Cynthia Carson
Cynthia Carson

With water restrictions in past years, there was a noticeable increase with the use of synthetic turf – a recent survey indicated 41% of people surveyed would consider installing it due to water restrictions or for problem areas of high wear or shade. Cynthia Carson, highlights that homeowners still have a strong emotional connection to natural turf.

1. Natural turf looks, feels and is authentic. It is comfortable to sit and play on. It reinforces an appreciation of our heritage and what makes a house a home in Australia. It has inherent aesthetic appeal.

2. Well watered turf is naturally cooler than most other outdoor surfaces. In summer artificial turf can become very hot (70°C), whereas adjacent natural lawn is much cooler. In most Australian climates, this creates a more usable outdoor space for people and pets. It has the added benefit of reducing the heat load on surrounding buildings.

…the full 10 reasons are covered in the article!


From a 2 page Feature Article in Issue Twenty One
Artificial turf temperatures, measured here with a Thermocron button, can reach 70°C.
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Garden Calendar - NOV/DEC/JAN
Arno King

The wet spring has prompted a surge of growth and our gardens
are looking luxuriant – an unusual occurrence, as spring is usually the driest season in the subtropics and tropics.

According to many long-range weather forecasters and the Bureau of Meteorology, the rain is set to continue for the next few months. Six cyclones have been predicted for the coming season with the possibility of a cyclone developing in South East Queensland.

This article addresses the following topics:

  • Vegetables
  • Annuals
  • Lawns
  • Shadehouse
  • Pond

Special information is alsoprovided for:

  • Vegetable planting schedule for November, December and January
    for subtropics and tropics
  • Annual planting schedule for November, December and January
  • Perennial Vegetable Planting Guide


From a 8 page Feature Article in Issue Twenty One
Fragrant gingers such as Hedychium coronarium can be propagated now by dividing clumps.
Hibiscus 'Sun Shower'
Trim the lawn regularly and remove any heavy leaf fall.
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