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Getting the right lawn for your home
When buying turf there are many variables you need to take into consideration, not every turf grass variety is best suited for all conditions. Buffalo turf grass is one of the best lawn types, but it is not the answer for every situation.
Everybody has individual requirements for their lawns and these should be taken into consideration prior to pruchasing turf.
You may need to ask yourself some questions:
Does the grass need to be shade or wear tolerant? Does the grass need to be low maintenance? If you need to avoid using pesticides, does the grass need to be resistant to lawn grubs? Does the grass need to be drought or salt tolerant? What grass will be suited for the state you live?
Once you have established the requirements of your new lawn you will then need to decide which turf variety will best suit your needs, so you can get the right lawn for the environment.
There are many different turf grass varieties available today, Ozbreed has developed, or has tested and released from other breeders improved warm season turf grasses. They are superior varieties that were bred to be more beautiful and to require less maintenance, along with other individual qualities that each turf has.
Varieties available -
Palmetto® Stenotaphrum secundatum 'SS100' PBR
For a lawn that you can simply mow, water much less, fertilise once or twice a year, and above all looks great almost all the time, Palmetto Bufalo turf provides a great looking lawn with minimal fuss. Suitable for NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, WA and QLD.
Sapphire® Stenotaphrum secundatum 'B12' PBR
Sapphire is a soft leaf buffalo that performs as good as any other buffalo grass, with the added benefit of fine texture. A Sapphire Buffalo lawn grows quickly across the ground, providing quick recvoery from wear, has excellent winter colour, and has a depp root system. Sapphires deep green colour will make you home lawn "the envy of the street". Suitable for NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD.
Empire™ Zoysia japonica 'SS500' PBR
Empire turf is tough, easy to look after, looks great and is soft to touch. With little mowing required, it is the ideal lawn for slopes. This versatile lawn grass thrives in extreme heat and humidity, and would even survive in regions where the temperature drops to -20 degrees Celsius. Suitable for NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, WA, QLD and NT.
Nara™ Zoysia macrantha 'MAC03' PBR
Nara is Australia's first all-purpose native turf that can handle many conditions. It is well suited to most parts of Australia, including Perth, where it has performed very well, making it ideal for your local Australian lawn. Nara is naturally very salt tolerant, and is generally a coastal grass but has proven to work well many hundreds of kilometres inland. Suitable for NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, WA and QLD.
Kenda™ Pennisetum clandestinum 'KIK203' PBR
Kenda is a fast establishing form of Kikuyu turf with great drought and wear tolerance. Hard wearing Kenda is the perfect grass for hard playing children and energetic dogs. But what makes Kenda perfect for front and back yards is its winter activity, meaning in most parts of Australia, you can have a dark green lawn all year round, even in winter. Suitable for NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, WA and QLD.
So which type of turf should you choose, below you will find a quick reference table of the best performers for particular environmental conditions:
(Percentages are for maximum shade tolerance)
Up to 40% shade - Nara™ Native Turf or Empire™ Zoysia
Up to 60% shade - Palmetto® Buffalo
Up to 70% shade - Sapphire® Buffalo
For High Traffic
If you have hard playing children or large energetic dogs, these turf varieties the best performing for wear tolerance.
Wear Tolerance in full sun - Kenda® Kikuyu (4 times more underground growth than regular Kikuyu)
Wear Tolerance in shade & sun - Sapphire® Buffalo (Number 1 Buffalo in shade for wear. Although not as tolerant as Kenda® Kikuyu in sun, Sapphire is lower maintenace and works in shade)
For Low Maintenance
If you do not have time to mow and edge, these are the slower growing, lowest maintenance varieties.
Palmetto® Soft Leaf Buffalo (The lowest maintenance popular Buffalo in Australia)
Empire™ Zoysia (Needs 1/3 the mowing of Kikuyu, half that of Couch and 30% less than Buffalo)
|For Avoiding Pesticides||
Empire™ Zoysia or Nara™ Native Turf
All Zoysia types such as these are highly resistant to lawn grub, particulary Army Worm and Web Worm.
For Near Salt Water
If you live near the ocean or have a salt water pool, these are the best varieties.
Full sun to light shade - Nara™ Native Turf (Nara™ Zoysia is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu or Buffalo)
Shade to Sun - Sapphire® Buffalo or Palmetto® Buffalo (As long as the salt water is no higher than the average for pool salt water, these Buffalos are more salt tolerant than other Buffalo varieties)
Now that you have the information on the different turf varieties all you need to do is make you choice and you could be enjoying your new lawn in no time.