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With house lots becoming smaller, more and more people are now living in Town Houses and Duplexes. This also means that lawns are now becoming more compact too. When it comes to choosing turf for smaller areas it does require some research; you want a turf variety that will do well in a small area while requiring the smallest amount of maintenance.

Low Invasive Lawn

Usually the smaller lawns we see today include both a small amount of lawn and gardens or paved areas. The best option for turf is a variety that is a low invasive lawn. For most people who have a small lawn, it is usually because pulling overgrown grass from gardens or from around pavers is not what they are after. Varieties to consider include Sir Grange or Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf and it’s a good idea to avoid Kikuyu and Couch.

Low Maintenance

When you have a compact yard the last thing you want to be doing is spending hours and money on lawn maintenance – fertilising, watering, mowing etc. Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf and Sir Grange (Zeon Zoysia) are proven low maintenance turf options for small areas – they can miss a watering or a mowing every so often and still be fine.  Kikuyu and Couch both require more extensive lawn care to stay under control, so these varieties might not work if you’re looking for easy care option.


One of the most common issues in smaller areas is shade – small lawns are often surrounded by buildings, fences, hedges, trees and shrubs which create an large amount of shade which ultimately means that a lawn can struggle to grow and thrive. A more favourable idea is to select a shade tolerant turf variety such as Sir Grange (Zeon Zoysia) if the lawn is subjected to a large amount of shade, or will at sometime in the future.

If your lawn is under moderate shade now and that won’t change in the future Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf is a good option. The worst choices for small, shaded areas would be Kikuyu or Couch as these are the least shade tolerant.

For more lawn care tips and tricks or to install a new lawn contact the team at Daleys Turf today.

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