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?
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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