Gilba Solutions Pty Ltd.

Company profile

Gilba Solutions Pty Ltd are Sydney based independent Australian-owned sports turf consultants and independent turfgrass agronomists. We operate in Sydney, NSW, and the ACT.

With a head office in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney we are close to the sand belt golf clubs of Sydney and are only 25 minutes from Sydney airport.

Since being established in 2013 we have had one philosophy. Happy customers are the best customers. That’s why most of our business is from repeat clients and referrals. This company profile explains in detail our history and what we do. 

What is a turf agronomist?

A qualified turfgrass agronomist has a University Degree in agricultural Science, Soil Science or Agronomy. Turfgrass agronomy considers all the factors that impact on turfgrass growth and relate to its performance.

A turfgrass agronomist:

  • Is Knowledgeable in all turfgrass varieties and cultivars and how best to manage them;
  • Has good knowledge in the formulation, manufacture and use of turfgrass fertilisers;
  • Is able to identify turfgrass diseases and pests and how to manage them;
  • Understands the principles of soil physics
  • Does not promote products or services unless they are what’s required;

We have over 30 years of experience in Australia and the UK with companies ranging from Yates, Samsung, and the Sports Turf Research Instutute (STRI).  

As a result we are in a unique position to offer you the best possible independent agronomic advice. This includes:

  • Turfgrass maintenance programmes;
  • Turfgrass and grass seed selection and maintenance;
  • Turfgrass chemical usage;
  • Turfgrass fertiliser selection;
  • Choosing and using the right soil wetting agent;
  • and wetting agents and adjuvants.

We take immense pride in being the premium turfgrass agronomists in NSW by providing economical and practical solutions.

Examples of our work include:

Check out some of our services that we offer as turf agronomists.

Company profile – Our History

The founder Jerry Spencer has a Hons Degree in Soil Science from Newcastle Upon tyne University and a Grad Diploma in something he didn’t like.

He started Gilba Solutions to meet the need for a truly independent Sydney based sports turfgrass agronomic extension.

The cornerstone of this approach has been and always will be the customer. Being able to provide innovative turf-specific solutions is something we feel we are uniquely able to achieve.

This approach has led to Gilba Solutions growing rapidly from operating solely in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney to operating throughout NSW and the ACT to recently commencing exporting to NZ and the UK. 

In 2019 we launched the Omne Turf wifi system which is able to real time monitoring of PAR light, soil and air temperature, soil pH and can utilise up to 200 different sensor configurations. This is already in use at Bonnie Doon Golf Club.

In 2020 we became the Australasian agent for SeeGrow Developments who manufacture the worlds most advanced LED turf grow lights and turf fans. These were recently installed at Comm Bank Stadium.

We are proud sponsors of the IGFH 2024 Turf Pesticides manual.

Jerry Spencer has written over 100 articles and two books that have been published in the UK and Australia on topics ranging from turf fertilisers and aquatic weed management to using turf pigments and explaining why turf herbicides sometimes don’t work He also regularly publishes a turf blog. The most recent blogs discuss the science of soil aeration , how salicylic acid in plants can help you fight stress and how common household items can be used for DIY pest control. We also have a Case Study section on this site that showcases some of our more recent projects.

Clients who have used our services as turf agronomists.


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Company profile. Jerry Spencer senior sports turf consultant and turf agronomist

Jerry Spencer BSc Hons Senior Turf agronomist

Company profile. Sports turf consultant Jerry Spencer Turf agronomist at Chelsea FC

Jerry Spencer site visit to Chelsea FC in 2020

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Sports turf consultancy at Stadium Australia in 2020

I enjoy working with Gilba Solutions, the technical advice is always reliable and supported with data. Wide range of chemistry available at competitive prices.
Vermagon Accounts
Vermagon Accounts
Great service, quick analysis of my problem and a solution was in my shed the next day. Highly recommended
Darren Turner
Darren Turner
A wealth of technical knowledge and a no nonsense approach to agronomy, Always a good sounding board for reassurance and the added bonus of good conversation over a coffee.
Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
First class technical advice and fast reliable supply of every order placed.
Aaron Cachia
Aaron Cachia
Very knowledgeable and straight up advice. An honest professional who works with us to develop long term solutions.
Tom Dykes
Tom Dykes
Can spin a terrific yarn, always excited to hear what new and innovative theories he is proposing. Great bloke, great advice, highly recommend.
Michael sammut
Michael sammut
Excellent advice at the right price Mike sammut
Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn
Great knowledge on all things turf related. Honest advice, Will work with you to solve any issues. Highly recommend

Some of our publications

What should you consider when it comes to maintaining a water body on a golf course.
Turfgrass agronomists must be familiar of the modes of action of plant protection chemistries
Looking after cricket outfields
How to grow a great lawn
The use of synthetic turf on golf courses
As a turfgrass agronomist Phosphorus nutrition of turf on soils and sands is an important topic
The basics of feeding your lawn
Generic vs branded turf chemicals. A UK article on turfgrass chemistry
What is soil aeration? As turfgrass agronomists this is an important question
Using the best nitrogen fertiliser in the right situation is a key part of being a turfgrass agronomist
How to maintain grass and synthetic hockey pitches
Fertilizers in turf
We are often asked about Pythium blight of turfgrass as turfgrass agronomists
How to mow your lawn
Interpreting irrigation water results
CEC and soil base saturation are important aspects of soil chemistry and impact on turfgrass growth
Using professional turf products in your garden
An early article dealing with the agronomic implications of with magnesium deficiencies of turfgrass
Combatting drought in turf
Blended vs homogenous fertilizers
The use of polymers on turf is an example of our innovative thinking as turfgrass agronomists
Looking after synthetic turf properly
Guide to nursery crop care
On turfgrass what is the best agronomic option between blended vs homogenous fertilizers