Whether you’re in the process of landscaping from scratch or giving your lawn a refresh, there are many types of grass to choose from – but how do you choose?
Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many different types, species and even brands of turf to choose from when selecting a variant for your new or existing lawn. While of course they are all generally green and leafy, there are a few key points of difference to consider when making your selection – so where do you start?
Four Common Types Of Grass In Australia
By definition, most grass variants usually fall under the Poaceae plant family. With jointed stems, long and narrow leaves and seed-like fruit, it includes the cereal grasses, bamboos and all of the many grasses found in both natural grassland landscapes as well as species cultivated specifically for lawns and pasture.
When it comes to selecting the appropriate types of grass for your new or existing lawn, some research is required beforehand if you wish to avoid a potentially costly replacement further down the track. The biggest factor is usually the climate, along with the usage or foot traffic that the grass can expect to be exposed to.
Buffalo Grass – Widely recognised for it’s very wide leaf blade, buffalo grass is also very durable and relatively easy to maintain. In turn, this has made it arguably the most popular turf choice in Australia, but if not cared for properly it can turn “scratchy” and irritate the skin.
Zoysia Grass – This variety has a fine leaf blade slightly wider than couch grass that tapers along the blade to the tip. It also has a dense growth, providing high wear resistance. It’s quite popular in hot or arid climates, as zoysia grass is known to be salt and drought tolerant.
Couch Grass – Regarded as the budget choice for many Aussie landscapers, couch grass is also popular for it’s quick growth, durability and ability to bounce back from general wear and tear. Keep watch that it doesn’t creep away under fences or into garden beds though.
Kikuyu Grass – A sun lover, kikuyu is a common choice for football fields and ovals thanks to its ability to thrive even in very poor soil types. Visually, this variety has a “pointier” leaf tip and medium width size when compared to other options like buffalo grass.
Caring For Your Lawns And Types of Grass
It’s important not to undo all of your hard work that’s been put into getting your lawn fluffy and green. While it can be hard to know which chemical-based weed killers may also damage your turf, your pets or even your family, the good news is that there is a safer alternative now on the market.
While hand plucking weeds is a cost-free and efficient method used to prevent a weed infestation – it’s certainly not the most convenient. In comparison, a glyphosate-free weed killer like Bioweed is a safe way to keep them under control. As a non-residual solution, it will break down into the soil in as little as 72 hours and can combat over 200 invasive weed species. The best part? It’s not just exclusive to lawns, and can be used to defend your garden or even pastures against a large variety of foreign invaders.
After all, what’s the point of a well-manicured lawn if you can’t stop and feel the grass between your toes from time to time? Now that you have all of the insights required in order to keep the local turf weeds under control, there’s no reason why you can’t.
With a team of highly experienced plant and gardening enthusiasts, the team at Bioweed are armed with a wealth of knowledge, tips and tricks that can help you to get your lawn and garden looking their very best. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’re looking for further organic gardening solutions.