Here at J&B Buffalo Turf Supplies, we’re proud to say that we’re AusGAP approved. But what does that actually mean?
AusGAP is an Australian turf accreditation program that has been created in order to allow Australia’s leading turf and grass producers to provide their customers quality assurance. Any turf purchased through an AusGAP accredited dealer adheres to a stringent set of standards that ensures the highest quality product. With the AusGAP accreditation, you can be sure that the turf you purchase is not only genetically pure, but that the turf growing, production, delivery and installation processes conform to the highest industry standards.
The AusGAP accreditation takes inspiration from the International Turfgrass Genetic Assurance Program (ITGAP), an equivalent quality assurance program used throughout the US and many other parts of the world. The AusGAP uses the international knowledge base built up over the years with this program, incorporating a variety of the ITGAP elements into the accreditation.
The AusGAP program requires the turf producer/grower to be responsible for the genetic purity of the AusGAP certified grass available from their business, whether sold in a wholesale, commercial or retail capacity. There are a variety of minimum standards that must be met by the grower, and they cover the entire production timeline – from seeding and growing, to sales and delivery.
In order to achieve the AusGAP certification, all turf must pass a ‘pre-harvest’ test that checks that the product is free of disease, pest damage and weeds. It must also be ‘true-to-turf-type’ with no foreign varieties of grasses blended in. And this isn’t a case of slapping a certificate onto the wall to collect dust – the AusGAP certification must be renewed on a 12-monthly basis.
Thanks to our AusGAP accreditation, you can be confident that the turf you purchase from J&B Buffalo Turf Supplies is of the very highest quality.