Warm season grasses

These grasses grow best in late spring, summer and early autumn.

  • Couch - a hard wearing lawn that survives with little care. A running grass that can be established from seed, runners or turf. Only germinates reliably when temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees celsius. Hates shade and likes a soil pH of 6- 7. Many cultivars available from turf suppliers. Hybrids are also available.
  • Kikuyu - A fast growing running grass that is vigorous and needs to be regularly mown to keep it as a good looking lawn. Takes a small amount of shade. Can be established from runners, seed and turf.
  • Buffalo - Running grass that forms a dense, coarse textured lawn that is hard wearing but slow growing. Grown from turf or runners. Newer cultivars (e.g. ‘Palmetto’ are softer and have improved shade tolerance).
  • Carpet Grass - Running grass with broad leaves. Best grown in subtropical or tropical areas. It is tolerant of acid soils but is regarded as a weed in finer turf.
  • Queensland Blue - A fine-leafed running grass that suits frost-free districts and has fine blue-green leaves. Queensland Blue Couch is for the warm climate lawn enthusiast and can be established from seeds or turf.
  • Durban Grass (Sweet smother grass) – Shade-tolerant running grass. Grow from turf or runners. Suits warmer climates. Mow high. Slow growing and not hard wearing.
  • ZoysiaA recently released grass type that is said to have good wear and drought tolerance..

Cool season grasses

Grow best in autumn and spring. Keep well-watered during hot summers.

  • Fine Fescue - This grass is often mixed with other grasses to form a fine turf. It is normally grown from seed.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass - Grown from seed. It is usually only available in seed mixtures. Spreads by underground runners so is self-repairing if damaged.
  • Bent - A fine textured lawn grass that has relatively high maintenance requirements. Can be established from runners or turf.
  • Fine Fescue - selected forms of what was originally a coarse, hard wearing lawn grass. Modern cultivars are finer and softer. Once established, they are more drought tolerant than other cool season grasses but leaves always need to be left at least 5cm long. Available as seeds or turf.
  • Ryegrasses - Fine-leafed perennial ryegrasses are most often included in seed mixes. They germinate readily and grow quickly but need good watering during dry periods. Usually grown from seed.

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