Finding the Right Grass for Your Garden

With summer coming up fast, people are starting to pay more attention to their gardens and what to change or fix for the upcoming hot months. As grass is practically the backdrop to every feature in the vast majority of Australian gardens, it is the most important thing to get right before you move on to other projects, and after a long winter, you probably have a few patches of dead grass or even whole areas where the grass has struggled to survive. This article will run through a few options for grass that will suit whatever needs you are looking to fill.

Kikuyu Turf

An Australian favourite, kikuyu turf is well known as being a great performer in almost every condition. With good drought and disease resistance, kikuyu is able to stand up to the rigours of the Australian summer better than most, and its ability to withstand a lot of wear and tear from foot traffic makes it popular in parks as well. It is generally pretty soft, but its main positives come from being very tough. You will want to avoid planting it in highly shady areas as it does need a mostly sunny area to survive long term. A not-too-expensive option, kikuyu turf is a great grass for beginners all the way to professional green thumbs.

Buffalo Turf

If the shade is a concern of yours, look no further than buffalo turf, which is often touted as being the most shade-resistant grass available on the market. A bit more coarse than kikuyu, buffalo turf is still very resistant and not too expensive, which makes it great to try in areas where your previous attempts at laying grass down have failed due to too much shade coverage. Buffalo turf is somewhat rarer than most types of grass, so make sure to call up and check that your local supplier does have some in stock.

Palmetto Turf

Palmetto turf (also known as palmetto buffalo turf) is closely related to buffalo turf but has a few crucial differences. First, it is nowhere near as coarse as buffalo. In fact, it is one of the softest grasses you can get, which makes it perfect for families with kids or pets. It has all the benefits of buffalo, like its good shade and wear resistance, but it also requires a bit less maintenance throughout the year. This makes it ideal for busy families as well. The change here is that it is more expensive and can be a bigger loss if it somehow does fail to take hold.