Different Turf Varieties for South East Queensland Lawns

Different Turf Varieties for South East Queensland

 

Confused about which variety of turf is best to lay in the South East Queensland climate? Perhaps we can help. The most common varieties of turf available in Australia are:

  1. Kikuyu
  2. Couch
  3. Soft Leaf Buffalo
  4. Queensland Blue
  5. Broad Leaf Carpet Grass
  6. Zoysia
  7. Fescue

But which is right for our usually warm weather, humidity, rainfall and, for some, location close to the coast? There are eight distinct factors you should consider with regards to the right turf for your place.

  1. Climate
  2. Drought tolerance
  3. Shade tolerance
  4. Pest & Disease tolerance
  5. Weed invasiveness
  6. Frequency of mowing
  7. The winter colour
  8. Salt tolerance

Make yourself a checklist. Walk around and evaluate your space. Look at the amount of shade your lawn area receives and is likely to receive if your trees and plants are still establishing themselves. Do you need to consider salt from the nearby coast? How often are you prepared to mow your lawn? Conduct a bit of research, particularly if you are new to the area. The internet is a great source of information for data on average rainfall. Local turf farmers and nurseries can offer great advice on which types of turf work best in the local area and what type of weeds, pests and diseases occur. Have a chat with your neighbours. Those that have been in the local area for a while can provide a wealth of local knowledge on all of the factors you need to take into consideration. Go for a walk and find that house with the fantastic looking lawn. There’s no harm in asking to know the variety of lawn they have – usually people that have a lawn that great will be willing to share their secrets.

Usually the best variety to cater to South East Queensland is the soft leaf buffalo. It is perfectly suited to the warm climate, has excellent salt and shade tolerance, good drought, pest and disease tolerance, good winter colour. It suffers only slight invasion from weeds and requires only average mowing and maintenance. Checklist sorted.

For lawns in South East Queensland Daleys Turf highly recommends Sir Walter Premium lawn turf. This soft leaf buffalo turf has proven to be a winner in our climate and has an excellent home owner approval rating – in fact it is Australia’s most popular lawn choice. If you still have questions regarding the right variety of turf for your lawn just contact the team a Daleys Turf.

Comments (4)

Parvenu Kumar
Said this on 9-6-13 At 06:34 pm
I would appreciate if you could inform me where I can buy broadleaf carpet grass seeds from. I live in Brisbane.
Terry
Said this on 12-6-13 At 07:15 am
Carpet grass generally comes in a mixture with other types of grasses, Searles is a local company that produces and sells packets of grass seeds in local garden centre, landscape yards.
Brent
Said this on 24-8-13 At 12:51 pm
Hi just need some advice on what lawn i should lay. i am building at coomera and i have a heavy clay base which im going to till in gypsum and some organic matter then topsoil before i turf, is this right? Im thinkin either queenland blue or saphire buffalo what would you suggest it is all mainly sunny areas.
Terry
Said this on 28-8-13 At 11:24 am
Hi Brent,

Well with your soil preparations, that's exactly what your poor soil needs, some soil conditioners like Gypsum and dolomite. Some organics would be great too.
With your lawn variety choice consider this, Qld Blue couch is one of the best for domestic lawns but you do need to be retired as there is a lot of work involved to having looking good all year round.
That's why 'Sir Walter' is the preferred option, it tolerates our conditioners here in SEQ much better, lawn grubs don't really bother it once it's 12 months old or so, handles the shade much better, keeps the weeds in check and so.
We have found it a better choice against all the other soft leaf buffalos on the market and this is after 21 years of growing them all, we have more happy customers with 'Sir Walter' than any other lawn variety.
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