You may have heard about AusGAP certification, but who are AusGAP and what does an accredited farm mean for you and your lawn?
Who are AusGap?
AusGAP is Australia’s premier national Turf Certification scheme. It is an independent turf quality assurance business that operates under the International Turfgrass Genetic Assurance Program (ITGAP) system.
AusGAP supports turf producers nationally with the expectation to improve growers’ farm practices and quality of produced turf to ensure an exceptional product for the end user (homeowner, turfgrass professional etc).
What is AusGAP Certification?
AusGAP certification isn’t just about the grass, but the whole service. From production on the farm to delivery to the door, every grower has a stringent set of standards, procedures, and documents for specified turfgrass varieties.
AusGAP certification covers 5 key components:
- Business and Farm regulatory compliance
- Environmental stewardship
- Keeping turfgrass varieties genetic purity intact, free of weeds, pests and diseases
- Maximise levels of customer satisfaction
- Staff welfare and safety
For our farm to be AusGAP certified, our fields must be regularly inspected throughout the growing season to identify the stated variety, foreign turfgrass varieties, off-types or contaminants and weeds within the field. This ensures premium quality turfgrasses that are true to type.
Only turf harvested from these fields which uphold these strict inspection standards can be officially identified and sold as certified, and must be supplied accompanied by an AusGAP Certified Certificate of Authenticity.
Further to growing season inspections, all certified production fields before planting must be examined to ensure no contaminating weeds or other turfgrass varieties are present.
Once a prospective production field has passed inspection, they are planted with material from a foundation farm. All planting material can then be traced and documented to foundation production plots.
This means, when you purchase your lawn through us, you can be assured you are getting the genuine variety and your lawn will be weed, pest and disease free on delivery.
We are proud to be an AusGAP certified farm ensuring premium quality turf grasses that are true to type.