Choosing the right turf for your situation depends on a number of factors including, shade, desired maintenance, wear, salt, aesthetics, frost, available water, where you live and cost. Whether its soft leaf Buffalo grass, Kikuyu Turf, Couch lawn, or Zoysia, the right lawn can be matched to your conditions, whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, or anywhere else in Australia.
Here are a few quick guidelines to follow so you get an idea as to what might be the right turf for your situation.
If you have an area that has up to 40% shade then a Zoysia turf type will be suitable.
If you have an area that has up to 60% – 70% shade then a soft leaf Buffalo type will manage this nicely.
For Lowest Maintenance:
If you don’t have time to mow and edge, the slower growing, lower maintenance varieties of Soft Leaf Buffalos would suit.
Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo is the lowest maintenance popular Buffalo in Australia.
For even lower maintenance, one turf type well worth checking out is Empire Zoysia. Empire needs a third of the mowing of Kikuyu, half that of Couch and 30% less than Buffalo
For avoiding Pesticides:
If you really want to avoid using any pesticides while maintaining your lawn then all Zoysia types are highly resistant to lawn grub, particularly Army Worm and Web Worm.
For High Traffic:
If you have dogs or hard playing kids, (or both) then as well as wear tolerance, you need to factor in whether it will be in full sun or shade.
If your area is in full sun, look into Kikuyu turf and particularly Kenda Kikuyu as it has 4 times more underground growth than regular Kikuyu.
If your area is in both shade and sun, a buffalo type will be good. Sapphire Buffalo is the number one Buffalo in shade for wear. Not as wear tolerant as Kenda in sun, but it is lower maintenance and works in shade.
For Near Salt water:
If you live near the ocean or have a salt water pool, these are the best varieties.
In full sun to light shade, Nara Zoysia is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo.
In shade and sun Sapphire Buffalo and Palmetto Buffalo will work well as long as the salt water is no higher than the average for pool salt water, these Buffalos are more salt tolerant than other Buffalos.
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