Monthly Archives: February 2013

Why Are Zoysias Better Than Buffalo Grasses?

Why Are Zoysias Better Than Buffalo Grasses?

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It is a common preconception that Buffalo turf is the best available turf on the market today. However, recent research and findings on Zoysia grasses have found that this is not quite the case, and Zoysia can actually outperform Buffalo in many aspects.The most popular Zoysia’s on the market today are Empire and Nara Native turf, both bred, trialled and delivered by Ozbreed. Recent research on these varieties and common buffalo varieties have shown outstanding results for Zoysia grasses. The most interesting being that Zoysias can tolerate chemical control. For example, if the highly invasive Kikuyu gets into Buffalo, unfortunately there are no sprays available on the market that will not kill off your Buffalo turf. Zoysia’s however can be sprayed with readily available chemicals currently on the market, and will survive the treatment. This means that you can protect your Zoysia grass from a common Kikuyu invasion. Research has found that Zoysia’s are also resistant to Army Worm and Web Worm and significantly less damaged by Black Beetle.

Nara Native Turf™ (Zoysia macrantha ‘MAC03’ PBR) is a beautiful fine textured lawn that survives on much less water than other varieties. The Department of Primary Industries stated that Native Zoysia’s are more drought tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu, and Buffalo turf. Nara generally maintains a stunning evergreen colour throughout summer and winter. Recent studies have shown if fertilised well in autumn and winter, Nara will provide consistent green colour throughout winter in many parts of Australia, performing as good as, if not better than other Buffalo varieties. Being a native grass to Australia, with vigorous deep rhizomes, Nara has had millions of years to grow and adapt to our hot dry and humid climates, making it far more drought tolerant than all the other varieties that come from wetter overseas climates. Australia’s famous heavy rain storms have rendered Nara more tolerant of wet feet than Kikuyu, Buffalo and Couch. Nara is fast establishing, easy to grow, performs well around garden beds and requires a lot less mowing and edging than your average lawn. With incredibly low maintenance levels such as this, Nara has become very popular and is widely used on commercial projects and roadsides.

Empire™ (Zoysia japonica ‘SS500 PBR’) is a lovely soft fine textured lawn with deep green colour that looks stunning. Empire is a very low maintenance turf, requiring 2 to 3 times less mowing and less edging than most Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu varieties. This fact alone can dramatically reduce maintenance costs, specifically if you are hiring a contractor or paying staff to maintain your lawn. It will thrive in any tough climatic condition including drought, humidity and even extreme wet conditions. Empire is also very hard wearing and waterwise, making it an excellent choice for home gardeners and landscapers Australia wide.

In summary, research has also found that Zoysia’s in general are lower in maintenance, are naturally far more lawn grub resistant, more wear tolerant and far better in value. As Zoysia’s will only tolerate up to 40% shade, Buffalos are still the best choice of lawn for areas with more than 40% shade. Zoysia’s also have outstanding winter colour and a very quick spring green up if fertilised well in autumn and winter. So not only all-rounder outstanding performers, Zoysia’s have many qualities and attributes that are far more superior to Buffalo varieties, and should not be overlooked when considering a new lawn.Click here for more detailed information on Empire turf

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Australian Native Shrubs and Groundcovers Range

Australian Native Shrubs and Groundcovers range by Ozbreed

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Ozbreed’s range of native shrubs and ground covers are beautiful and functional. The plants in this range have been bred and selected for better performance and looks. They are able to handle harsh conditions including drought while still looking great in the landscape. These new native shrubs and groundcovers are more uniform, tidier and have very little maintenance needs. Small and compact shrubs in this range are great for low growing, native hedges.

Plants in this range include:

MUNDI ™ ™ Westringia fruticosa ‘WES05’ PBR – A tidy ground cover Westringia with white flowers, only growing to knee height

MEEMA™™ Hardenbergia violacea ‘HB1’ PBR – Upright Hardenbergia that will grow into a shrubby groundcover, tougher than the common form with a longer flowering period

NARINGA™ Westringia ‘WES01’ PBR – Hedge in a hurry with less pruning than other Westringias with its upright growth

PURPLE FUSION ™ Scaevola humilis ‘PFS100’ PBR – A tough landscape Scaevola that is a flat growing groundcover, it flowers for months at a time!

The NEW Ozbreed AUSSIE BOX® Westringia ‘WES02’ PBR – This Westringia is dramatically different and is a tough, native alternative to Japanese Box