Turfco and the Environment
Turfco prides itself in its sustainable farming practices. Our Turfco Turf is grown without the need for excessive fertilising and irrigation, this is something that some competitors need to do in order to increase crop turnover. Our turnaround timeframe for each turf crop is greater than most competitors as we are focused on the turf growing in natural, nature-dependent circumstances, as opposed to an artificial environment created by regular irrigation and manufactured fertilisers. Our turf typically depends more on the elements than other turf farms as we believe that if the turf is established in a more realistic, natural environment it will be more suited to the area it ends up in. Fortunately we are situated in a climate where our average rainfall is around 60 inches a year, significantly reducing the need for excessive irrigation.
As much as possible, we focus on using organic fertilisers such as chicken manure along with organic matter to increase nutrient content in the soil. A question we are often asked is “How come your paddocks do not get lower each time you harvest the turf?” We mulch mow all of our turf, meaning lots of organic matter from the turf clippings is placed back into the soil along with organic fertilisers. This combined with sustainable harvesting techniques reduce the amount of top soil removed when harvesting turf.
Our Jaspers Brush farm near Berry is uniquely situated on a hill below a beautiful coastal escarpment. With our catchment drains we are able to recycle the majority of excess rainwater which then flows into our dams to be used for irrigation if needed, meaning water is not taken unnecessarily from local waterways.
All of our Turfco Turf netted varieties are grown with Bio-degradable netting that is designed to break down over a short period of time, unlike standard netting which is still commonly used in the turf industry. This allows our turf to stay bound together when harvested as with standard netting, however once established will break down unlike standard netting that can get caught in lawn mowers or be a trip hazard for years to come. This is yet another point of difference in terms of sustainability and quality that we pride ourselves on here at Turfco.
There are also a number of reasons why turf is naturally good for the environment. These include:
- Turf loves stopping erosion
- Encourages healthy living, outdoors and exercising
- Absorbs heat, breaks up radiant energy, reducing glare and has a cooling effect
- Reduces Co2 emissions and generates oxygen