When it comes to planting a new lawn, there are generally two options for how to go about it: from seed or from the turf. There are pros and cons to both methods. Growing lawn from seed is generally a cheaper initial investment, as well as being easier on the back, however, it can take a while for the grass to get established, which means more time before you can enjoy your hard work. Growing lawn from turf often means you’ll have a lawn faster than if you were growing from seed, but it can also entail some heavy lifting and turf tend to cost more than seed.
If you choose to grow grass from seed, it can be good to do a little research to find out which type of grass is best suited for your garden. For example, if you experience a lot of droughts, then a drought-tolerant lawn may be a good option, and if your yard receives a lot of shade, investing in a lawn that can handle less amounts of sun could also be worthwhile.
In this article, we take a look at three different varieties of lawn that can be grown from seed, and the conditions and maintenance levels they’re best suited for.
This fast-growing grass can be a good option for those looking for an affordable lawn that can handle the heat. However, its speedy growth can mean more frequent mowing and maintenance needs, including pulling it out of unwanted spots where it may have decided it wishes to grow! For those who can handle the maintenance, this warm-season grass can offer positives in the form of a good tolerance to wear, drought and full sun conditions.
Tall Fescue is a deep-rooted, cool-season grass that can tolerate a moderate amount of shade. This variety of lawn handles cold weather and has a good resistance against frost, making it well-suited for regions of Australia that experience chilly winters. Being a cool-season grass, Tall Fescue doesn’t have a fantastic resistance against drought, and it requires a bit of water to be kept at its best.
Another warm-season grass, Couch is a lawn that provides a soft leaf and can look great if you’re willing to put in the effort. This variety can require a bit of tender love and care to look its best, including dethatching and fertilising, but it has a decent drought tolerance and can handle wear well, making it an option worth considering for entertainers or those who spend a lot of time in their yard. Couch also loves the sunshine, which makes it well-suited to Aussie states that receive a lot of light.
The three varieties discussed in this article are some of the most common varieties of lawn that can be grown from seed in Australia. If choosing to grow lawn from seed, be sure to do plenty of research beforehand, not only into which types of grass will work best in your yard, but also to learn the steps you will need to take to grow a happy, healthy lawn from scratch.
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