There are many types of lawn out there, and it can be daunting knowing which one to pick! With different varieties comes different strengths, weaknesses and attributes. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common grasses below, including what type of environment they are best suited to, to help take the guesswork out of your choice.
Before committing to a variety of grass, it can be helpful to ask a few questions regarding what you wish to get out of your lawn. Do you need a lawn that is good for families and that requires infrequent mowing? Or are you happy to spend more time on your lawn maintenance? Do you want a lawn that holds its colour well during the colder months, or does it not really both you too much if it turns yellow during some seasons?
It can also be worth doing a quick pH test on your soil to find out what it’s level is. pH test kits range in price, but a basic one is inexpensive and can help tell you what type of soil you’re working with.
This variant is highly popular due to its tolerance of both shaded areas and hot climates. It requires little water to survive, so is great for people in areas affected by drought restrictions. It’s self-repairing and weed resistant, making it a great choice for those wishing to have a set-it-and-forget-it mentality to their yard. Sir Walter Buffalo Grass is available in turf slabs, which you can either lay yourself or hire professionals to lay for you.
Combining a mix of different grasses, Couch Blends are available in seed form, and thrive in warmer climates. Couch Grass is inexpensive, and most blends include ryegrass which can assist in preventing weeds when the seed is first planted. One thing to keep in mind when considering Couch Grass is its love of full sun. This lawn doesn’t deal well with shady areas, so it’s best suited for spaces with few trees and shadows. It has a fine leaf type, making it soft under-foot, and can handle a lot of traffic, making it good for active families. It’s also worth keeping in mind that couch grass can grow pretty aggressively, so make sure to keep it in check lest it will take over your flower beds!
Zoysia can be a great choice for Australian gardens for several reasons. It is highly drought-tolerant and requires little water to maintain, while also growing well in moderate shade. It’s a choice worth looking into for those who are after a low-maintenance lawn, as it requires very little fertiliser to look its best. Zoysia is a soft grass, and very tolerant of wear and tear, a good combination for those with active pets or little ones running around. This variety is a slow-grower, meaning you’ll need to mow less than you would with some other grass types, and its density makes it resistant to invading weeds.
Picking the right kind of grass can seem overwhelming at first, but once you narrow down what it is you’re looking for in a lawn, the process can become simpler. By doing a little bit of research and asking yourself the right questions, you’ll be able to figure out the lawn most-suited to your wants, needs and lifestyle.
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