Sports Turf Operations Pty Ltd

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07 5543 8491

Sports Turf Operations Pty Ltd offers a wide range of services to the sports turf industry, we offer cutting edge solutions for sustainable renovations on existing fields and the ability to design & construct new field projects from start to finish.

Formed in 2011, Sports Turf Operations brings together the industry knowledge & expertise of Directors Duncan Swinton & David Lamrock.

Collectively we bring 50 years of experience managing, constructing and renovating various sports turf surfaces in Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales, we bring a range of best practice sustainable renovation techniques and specialized equipment to the sports turf industry, which until now was lacking dedicated contractors capable of delivering long term practical and sustainable turf management programs.


Our Services Include;

Sustainable Renovation Techniques
Our specialised & revolutionary equipment can quickly and cost effectively renovate your sports fields like no other

Conventional Renovation Techniques
We offer a range of aerators, topdressing and scarifying equipment to support our sustainable systems

Drainage solutions
Sand slitting and laser sub surface drainage installation for existing fields

Refurbishment NOT Reconstruction
Utilise your existing assets with cost effective sustainable solutions

Sports Turf Construction
From local parks to major sand profile stadiums

Grassing Solutions
Our integrated turf farms can supply a wide range of grasses and systems suitable for sports fields”


About the directors

Duncan was formally trained as a Greenkeeper at Brisbane Golf Club who quickly moved up the ranks to assistant superintendent before moving on to manage other golf courses throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, broadening his knowledge of the sports turf and construction industries.

In 2001 Duncan and his family set up a small turf farm/contracting business “All Turf Solutions” at Tamborine, providing instant turf and solutions to residential and commercial customers across South East Queensland.

David was a long term employee with Sports Turf Operations for many years, and has since become a co-director with Duncan in 2017, David is highly experienced in all aspects of sports turf maintenance & construction, he comes from a background in earth moving & broad acre farming.

Duncan & Dave's attention to detail & passion for excellence ensure that Sports Turf Ops continues to deliver the same great value for money & high quality service that our returning customers have come to know and expect.


Sustainable Renovation Techniques

Our revolutionary equipment can quickly and cost effectively renovate your sports fields like no other. Correct profile management improves microbial activity, water, nutrient and air availability, Sports Turf Ops is always seeking & researching new innovations & equipment for the industry to ensure we stay ahead.

Koro Recycling Dresser

This fast, cost effective, single pass renovation tool creates unparalleled soil fracturing to a depth of 120mm and produces 150 tonnes/Ha of topdressing with no extra equipment, manpower or logistical backup (such as delivery trucks).

Total soil fracturing, no need for importing & no waste! surfaces experience minimal disturbance meaning no more build-up of perched layers.

By busting through these layers and providing soil from within the profile the functional principals of an ideal perched water table is maintained.

It’s mode of operation is simple yet unmatched in our industry in terms of effectiveness & efficiency, the benefits gained are:

  • 120mm de-compaction alleviation,
  • Significant aeration and infiltration improvements,
  • Black layer reduction,
  • Re-activation of locked up nutrients within the compacted soil profile,
  • Vertical mixing effect,
  • Creates 150 tonnes per hectare of topdressing,
  • Surface levelling by filling up worn out & rutted low areas,
  • Minimize surface hardness,
  • Productivity rate of up to 2 hectares per day,
  • Significantly faster than any conventional equipment.

Recycle your assets, save money and the environment

Koro Recycling Dresser In action Results



Koro Field Topmaker (FTM)

The ultimate tool for complete removal of vegetative thatch and weed infestation to your requirements, The Topmaker is a fully adjustable, even, accurate (fraise mowing or shaving) surface removal tool that can shave or profile from 0 – 40mm depth.

  • Shave the thatch layer, perform minor subsidence levelling or profile for turf replacement,
  • Remove thatch or weeds off site in one efficient operation leaving a level clean surface,
  • Mechanical weed removal of tufted grasses like Winter Grass, Wire Grass and Cross Foot
  • As a harvesting tool for vegetative plant material, grass ‘stolons’ can be generated efficiently and to size depending on turf variety requirements,
  • Regeneration of surface is rapid with most of our warm season grasses,
  • Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied after FTM to promote a weed free surface.
  • Mechanical, not chemical weed removal, save money and the environment



Conventional Renovation Techniques

We offer a range of aerators, topdressing and scarifying equipment to support our sustainable systems

Renovation Equipment

Aeration Equipment

  • Verti-Drain 200H
  • Verti-Drain 7521
  • Verti-Drain 2200 Concord
  • Aera-vator
  • Aggravator 2.4m

Vertidrain  Aeravator

Scarification Equipment

  • TR 50 with 8m³ collection bin
  • Koro Scarifying reel (32mm spacing)

Top Dressing & Amendment Spreading

  • Scorpion
  • Vicon pendulum spreader
  • Dacota 412 material spreader

Other Turf Equipment

  • Precision overplanting and line planting
  • Atom dual post laser blade
  • New Holland skid steer loader
  • ASV SR-70 Positrack (skid steer) loader
  • Harley power rake MX7
  • Dingo mini loader and rotary hoe
  • 1.8m rotary hoe
  • Blecavator (stone burring rotary hoe)
  • Lely power harrows

 Bleckavator 2 Dakota Material Spreader 


Winter Over-seeding 

Sports Turf Ops latest addition to the fleet, the Blec Multi-Seeder allows for precision over-seeding/over-sowing of existing fields, it pushes the seed just into the ground where it remains protected from animals & the elements while germination occurs, when used with a ryegrass seed it helps to boost the fields winter growth & keeps playing surfaces green through winter time. more information coming soon 

Multiseeder Above view Multiseeder Holes


Refurbishment NOT Reconstruction

utilise your assets – cost effective, sustainable solutions

We have a range of systems that can be implemented to solve a variety of scenarios.

Minor resurfacing of existing sports fields keeping existing grass species

  • Remove thatch, weeds and minor undulations with Koro Field Topmaker,
  • Generate soil for minor re leveling with the Koro Recycling Dresser,
  • Level with spreader bars or laser grader,
  • Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to check for unwanted weed germination,
  • Field recovery in 6 – 8 weeks,
  • Follow up topdressing or Koro Recycle Dressing any time when suitable.

Major Resurfacing of existing sports fields.

  • Total kill spray of all existing weeds and grass types,
  • Rip and Cultivate with Bleckavator,
  • Laser grade,
  • Apply amendments and incorporate,
  • Re grade, consolidate and prepare for planting,
  • Stolonise or line plant with improved turf grass,
  • Surface ready in 12-16 weeks depending on time of year,
  • Solid turf with maxi rolls and field is ready in 3-4 weeks,
  • Follow up topdressing or Koro Recycle Dressing any time when suitable.

  Skid Steer Laser Grader Laser Grader


Grassing Solutions

our integrated turf farms can supply a wide range of grasses and systems suitable for sports fields

Turf Installation Systems

  • Line planting and over planting into existing grassed surfaces without disrupting play. Change over your turf grass by over planting with an improved variety to extend the playing hours and reduce costly repair bills. This equipment accurately plants fresh cut stolons into channels with minimal disturbance of the surface. Depending on climatic conditions we can have a 100% cover in as little as 3 months.
  • Solid turf with maxi rolls. Available in for all grass varieties.
  • "Lay & Play" An extra thick profile that will not move. Ready to use immediately.

Turf varieties include

  • AgriDark—Probably the best sports turf variety available, rapid recovery from damage, high wear tolerance, low leaf water content, low water requirements, fast establishment, good colour retention all year round,
  • Oz Tuff—Highest wear tolerance of any turf grass, salt resistant, low water requirements, & low maintenance, no seed head, superior colour retention in drought and cold temperatures,
  • Wintergreen—Widely used hybrid green couch with moderate wear characteristics,
  • Kikuyu—An old favourite for field in the southern parts of Australia, better suited to cooler climates.

Turf2 Maxi Roll Installer


Call us today 

07 5543 8491


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