When you’re doing research for what grass seeds to buy or what turf would be best to suit your requirements, it helps to have all the facts. That’s why we at Australian Lawn Concepts want to help you decide between two very good turfs. While Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia are both incredible choices, we believe that you should choose Zoysia over Sir Walter – here’s why…
Zoysia is Lower Maintenance
Sir Walter is a terrific grass that recovers well from injury and is incredibly hard wearing. No sprinting children or digging puppies will ruin it. However, at the end of the day, we all want a lawn that is low maintenance so we have one less thing to worry about. And they don’t call Zoysia “EZ Grass” for nothing.
In the summer, Sir Walter needs to be mown every four to five days because it grows so quickly. However, Empire Zoysia only requires mowing every ten to fourteen days. During the winter months, Zoysia also only requires about half the mowing that Sir Walter requires. In addition, Zoysia requires less watering and less fertiliser than Sir Walter. So enjoy your lawn. Don’t work for it.
A Better-Looking Lawn
Who can resist Empire Zoysia’s eye-catching dark green colour? You’ll immediately want to take off your shoes and stick your feet in the beautiful green, soft to the touch and not at all intrusive due to its fine leaf texture.
A Happy Medium
If you’re the type that enjoys the look and effect of a fine leaf, but needs a turf that can handle a bit more shade than a Couch, this turf is a happy medium between Walter and Couch. Zoysia thrives in the full sun, but it can handle four to five hours of shade. Originally an Asian turf from a climate that mimics South East Queensland’s subtropical weather, Zoysia is probably one of the most easily maintained lawns on the market.
Zoysia is not entirely immune to Lawn Grubs, the larvae of Japanese beetles that feed on the roots of grass. However, it has an incredible natural resistance to Lawn Grub attacks, so it is less susceptible to damage while it is establishing itself as turf in your lawn – and once it is established, it is one of the most drought tolerant turf due to its deep root and underground runner system. Perfect for that Sunshine Coast sun and Australian drought.
Zoysia also has a good resistance to insects and other diseases. It is high-wearing and durable when it comes to children and animals as it recovers quite well from injury. It is even excellent at out-competing weeds.
The Best Places for Zoysia
Zoysia does best in full sun but can tolerate up to five hours of shade. She grows well in clay and sandy soil areas. She’s got a high salt tolerance, so she loves living on the coast. Zoysia can thrive in both extreme heat and cold, frosty conditions. This turf is ideal for:
- Residential yards
- Sloped areas
- Sports fields
- Golf courses
- Childcare centres