Choosing the right turf that is suitable for your location is important to ensuring it will grow well and last a long time.

The turf industry is continually developing new turf varieties for the Australian market.

Speak to your local turf grower to get the best advice for your location.

Below are some popular species.

 

Soft Leaf Buffalo

Stenotaphrm secundatum

Buffalo is a hardy warm season grass that has become a popular choice and has adapted itself to a variety of different climatic regions and is found in the far northern reaches of Queensland and also in some areas of Victoria. Buffalo does not produce rhizomes and is purely stoloniferous.

Factors to consider when choosing Buffalo:
• Mow height between 20 and 45 mm
• Reasonable drought and wear tolerance
• Coarse in textured
• Requires less fertiliser than green couch
• Shade and wear tolerant


Applications
Parklands, lawns and shaded areas.

 

Zoysia

Zoysia japonica

Zoysia is a warm to tropical grass that is native to South East Asia. It’s texture is medium to coarse and has a relatively slow growth rate and can be grown in various soil types ranging from sandy to clay profiles and alkaline and acidic situations. Zoysia japonica produces both rhizomes and stolons.


Factors to consider when choosing Zoysia japonica:
• Drought tolerant
• Wear tolerant
• Tolerant of cooler regions
• Shade tolerant
• Easy to maintain.

 

Zoysia matrella

Zoysia matrella:
• Rhizomatous and stoloniferous
• Prostrate growth habit
• Thinner leaf width to Zoysia Japonica.
• Low colour retention in cool weather
• Vegetative propagation only
• Good shade tolerance

 

   

Kikuyu

Pennisetum clandestinum

Kikuyu is a warm season coarse textured grass which is best suited to sub-tropical regions. It produces both rhizomes and stolons and prefers fertile soil and adequate moisture.

Factors to consider when choosing Kikuyu:
• Fast growing in warmer months
• Ability to withstand cooler temperatures
• Ability to stabilise soil
• Good wear tolerance


Applications:
Lawns, sporting fields,

 

Couch

Cynondon dactylon

Green couch is a warm season grass that is suited mostly to tropical, humid climates. Due to the fact that green couch produces both rhizomes and stolons it is able to stabilise soil but may be somewhat invasive if not controlled.

 

Factors to consider when choosing Green Couch

• Ability to be mown short
• Excellent drought tolerance
• Excellent wear tolerance
• Moderate shade tolerance
• Fine to medium texture

Applications:

Parks, Fairways on golf courses, lawns, road sides and sports fields