Category Archives: Choosing the right turf

Turf varieties for Subtropical regions

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Zoysia grasses are quickly gaining popularity in Queensland and subtropical regions. Their drought and humidity tolerance makes them an excellent choice, but one of the things that makes Zoysia stand above the rest is that it is more resistant to pests and diseases and best of all it is lower maintenance in these climates, they are slower growing and therefore less mowing is required.

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How to have the best looking lawn on the street

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Drought and other factors can play a big part in how good or bad your lawn looks. But to keep your lawn looking great may be easier than you think, consistent and regular care is the secret. The question of where to start always comes up, this article will help you answer this and many other questions.

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Common Lawn Problems

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Yard too shady, are you mowing your lawn too short, or perhaps you’re over-watering your lawn. These are all very common lawn problems, and can be corrected or even prevented with the correct maintenance, and/or turf selection.

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Buffalo – The most cost effective landscape

People often think of turf rolls or slabs as being the expensive option when it comes to ground coverings for their yards. In reality laying Buffalo turf could save you big dollars and the benefits associated with having turf in your yard are plentiful.

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Nara™ Native Turf – Doing extremely well in the US

Nara™ Zoysia, an Australian Native Turf, is doing tremendously well in the USA, making real waves in the Southern US. Nara™ Zoysia is Australia’s first all-purpose native turf, that is low maintenance and easy to establish and is ideal for domestic, commercial and coastal plantings. Many people have a natural tendency to prefer native plants, now those same people can enjoy a native lawn.

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The Soft Leaf Buffalo Turf Grass Review Site | Best Buffalo Grass Types….Cutting through the Hype!

Many Soft Leaf Buffalo turf grasses can look very similar, but each name indicates a slight difference in the breeding and the features of the turf. What it all boils down to is that Australian’s need to cut through the hype of catchphrases and publicity and select a Buffalo turf grass or even another grass type that will best suit their requirements. Click Here to find out more information on which are the leading turf grasses for shade tolerance, wear tolerance and much more

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Choosing The Right Lawn – What lawn type is best for my client?

Choosing The Right Lawn – What lawn type is best for my client?

 

Clients often rely on your judgement when deciding on a lawn variety. Get it right and your client will have years of lawn bliss, but if you get it wrong it can reflect badly on your business. Too often Landscapers use the same lawn type for all projects. Is this really giving your client what they want or need in a home lawn?

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On large commercial projects the stakes are even higher, and choosing the right lawn that fits all aspects should not be a gamble. What are the aspects that determine which lawn to use, and which turf is the right choice given certain parameters? There is no such thing as a miracle grass that works everywhere, so choose wisely.

Looks: This may sound superficial, but one of the main reasons people buy a certain lawn type is for the look, and satisfaction of what they believe will be the best darkest green lawn in the street. Soft Leaf Buffalo, Kikuyu, and Zoysia all make great looking lawns with appropriate care, but Couch scalps very badly when mown with regular home lawn maintenance. So for much of the time it simply looks untidy, so for this reason alone, Couch can be usually taken off the list for home lawns, unless the client is a real lawn enthusiast.

For commercial sporting lawns Couch does have a lot to offer, but for parks and amenity areas, it is this scalping that really lets Couch down, plus the fact that it browns of so quickly in winter. Some people like very broad leaf turf, in that case the good Buffalo types work well, but if a fine leaf is desired then Zoysia and Kikuyu types are best, or as a compromise the finer leaf Buffalo Sapphire.

Shade: This is a very critical selection criteria. All of these lawns will live in full sun. All lawns in the higher shade categories will also thrive in lower shade categories.

Maximum Shade Level

Up to 15% shade Kikuyu or Couch, or Blue Couch
Up to 40% shade Zoysia. Nara native turf or Empire Zoysia.

Up to 60% shade Palmetto, Sir Walter, and most other Buffalo types.

Up to 70% shade Sapphire Buffalo. Rated best in Dept. Primary Industry shade trials.

Up to 95% shade Isabella Lilly Turf (Liriope) between stepping stones, or Dwarf Mondo grass

Winter Colour: In Western Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and even inland Queensland; one of the biggest factors in choosing a lawn is winter colour. In this category, Kenda Kikuyu® wins hands down, but for shade and some other reasons, this turf will be ruled out for a number of situations, but ruled in for others. Palmetto Buffalo® is well known in the industry to have the best winter colour of the Buffalo types, and research backs this up.

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