How to Select the Perfect Turf for Your Needs

A hand on lush green turf

If you’re just getting started with your gardening, you probably aren’t quite sure which turf to install. Maybe you like the look of Empire Zoysia, but based on your environment and needs you’d be better off with OZ Tuff Sports Grass.

There are a lot of variables that go into choosing the right turf for your needs. Let’s go over a few below to help you make a more informed decision.

Do You Have a Shady Lawn?

If your lawn gets more than 2-3 hours of shade every day, either from surrounding trees or your own house, you’re going to want to find a turf that is robust and can thrive on less sunlight.

Sir Walter Buffalo lawn grass is definitely one of the most shade-tolerant varieties on the market. It only really needs about 2 to 3 hours of full sun or longer periods of filtered sun in order to survive.

Another great turf for a shady area is Empire Zoysia. It has a medium sized leaf that requires a bit more sunlight than Sir Walter, but it can tolerate 4 to 5 hours of shade per day. It is ideal for full sun and semi-shaded conditions.

Do You Have Kids or Pets?

If you’ve got kids and pets that means you’ve got a lot of little feet running around the grass. You don’t want to worry about your children ruining your perfect lawn every time they go out to play a game of backyard cricket.

Once again, Sir Walter turf takes the stage as a robust turf type. Its deep root system, hard-wearing nature, and ability to limit weed invasion make Sir Walter lawns ideal in homes with active children or even in childcare centres, schools, large shaded parks, and dog parks. It also boasts a low allergy rating, shade tolerance, and a soft-to-touch texture that is perfect for walking around barefoot.

Oz Tuff is also gaining popularity in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, especially with Council ovals and sports playing surfaces. In fact, both Ipswich and Gold Coast City Council have used Oz Tuff on their rugby and soccer ovals, as well as in play areas and parks along the foreshore, due to its high salt tolerance. Oz Tuff has been proven to be superior in terms of wearability to all couch varieties. It has low nutritional requirements and low allergy ratings, which also make it ideal for children.

Wintergreen Couch comes in a close second to Oz Tuff in wearability trials. It’s great in large commercial areas and areas that require erosion control. It’s cheaper than Oz Tuff, but it may require more maintenance to upkeep.

Do You Have Time to Maintain Your Lawn?

If you lead a busy life and don’t necessarily have the time to perform regular maintenance on your lawn, then you might want to consider Empire Zoysia. Its nickname is EZ Grass for a reason. It’s slower growing, meaning it doesn’t require as much mowing as any other species. Empire Zoysia also has a thick root system that can handle heavy traffic. This turf is weed-resistant and drought-tolerant, making it the perfect low-maintenance grass for the busy homeowner.

For more information about which turf is right for you, click here. Alternatively, you can give the friendly specialists at Australian Lawn Concepts a call for advice on which turf is best for your Brisbane or Gold Coast property. Contact us today!