When it comes to selecting the right type of grass for your project, there is no one-size fits all approach. There are many varieties of turf on the market and they all suit differing needs and conditions. Knowing which one will suit your needs best can be difficult. You’ll want to ensure that the lawn you select is a healthy, thriving variety for the particular conditions of your garden.
Here at Love It Landscaping, our two favourite, and the most popular varieties of turf, are Kikuyu and Sir Walter Buffalo. Both with different features, one of these varieties are usually best for most domestic jobs.
With poor shade tolerance, Kikuyu prefers a sunny aspect. It is great at blocking out unwanted Winter weeds and is very low maintenance. Eureka Kikuyu is a dense, rapid growing lawn and is a superior performing all-rounder. It’s vigorous growth allows it to self repair very quickly and is therefore perfectly suited for heavy traffic areas. This variety establishes a deep root base to help it stand up to the hottest summer days.
Sir Walter Buffalo
A stunning broad leaf variety, the Sir Walter buffalo is popular choice in backyards throughout Australia. This is the perfect variety for those who want a chemical free, low maintenance water-smart grass. The Sir Walter Buffalo is non invasive and is the number one selling variety. It has a very tight growth habit which means that it blocks out most garden weeds. It is very high wearing and repairs itself quickly should it get damaged, therefore reducing the chances of bare patches. Sir Walter’s roots grow very deep and are extremely shade and drought resistant.
Watering is an extremely important element in taking care of and maintaining your lawn. By selecting the right type of grass and ensuring correct ground preparation, you can reduce the amount of watering needed to keep it to a minimum.
Your New Lawn
We recommend that you protect your investment by installing an automated irrigation system. This will take the guesswork out of watering.
New turf needs a lot of TLC and attention until the turf is well and truly established. This will give you a good result and you’ll achieve long term results. Depending on the time of year, turf can take up to 5-6 weeks to establish itself. Until this time has passed, the roots of the turf needs to be continually moist.
Water immediately after laying & then 2 to 3 times per day for the first 2 weeks and then daily thereafter. Ensure that you keep any traffic to an absolute minimum for the first 6 weeks while the new roots are establishing themselves.
Your Established Lawn
Your established lawn will need much less watering than your new lawn. Depending on your turf variety, it may be able to rely on just rainwater alone.
Providing your lawn with a deep soaking once or twice a week is best. This encourages deep root systems and therefore, in return you’ll have a much more self-sufficient and drought resistant lawn - which means less time and money spent on watering. By giving your lawn a deep soaking, the roots will seek out the water in the deep soil and will stand up to hot and dry weather, rather than just taking the water from the surface when you do regular, short watering which will make your lawn suffer on a hot day. Help to train your lawn to be drought tolerant and go the distance.
The last thing that you want to do is over-water your law. Not only is this bad for your lawn, it is bad for your wallet and the environment.
The best times to water are in the early morning or the evening. This will ensure that your water is used the most efficiently by soaking into the soil and will avoid evaporation. In humid areas like FNQ, avoid doing any watering in late afternoon or early evening as this can increase the chance of fungal diseases and instead, opt for watering in the morning.
Fertilising Your Lawns
o ensure the best results of your lawn, it is imperative that you fertilise it 5-6 weeks after installation. Lawns need fertilising due to lack in nutrients within the soil. By supplementing the existing nutrient levels, we end up achieving a beautiful balance of all the nutrients your grass requires to stay in the best shape possible.
A few points to remember:
Make sure that you read the label for rates of application. Generally speaking the required amount is 20 grams per square metre in most cases.
Water in your fertiliser after applying, otherwise you risk burning the leaf of the grass
If you have a pH imbalance, applying fertiliser will not be effective. Take the time to test your soil’s pH level to make sure that your lawn can absorb the nutrients it needs.
Only fertilise your lawn a few times a year, generally in the spring and late summer/early autumn.