Unless you have had your lawn installed yourself or have the authenticity certificate to prove what turf has been laid, you might be unsure what exactly you have in your yard. While there are numerous varieties of lawn plants they can all be sorted in to two main categories; cool season or warm season grasses.
There are a few things to look for in determining the variety of lawn that you have but keep in mind that if you have inherited an older lawn than it could be that you now own a lawn consisting of a combination of grass types. Knowing what variety of turf you have is helpful when choosing the best weed control treatments and fertilisers.
Cool season grasses are typical to the cooler climates of Northern America and Europe. These grasses are usually (sometimes only) grown from seed and have a single stem. Cool season grasses include Rye and Fescue.
Warm season grasses do very well in the more temperate environments of Africa, South America and right here in Australia and require less watering than cool season grasses. These grasses can be grown from seed (although not all types) or by sods, turf rolls and runners. All warm season grass plants have stolons (above ground runners) while some varieties such as Kikuyu, Couch and Zoysia have stolons and rhizomes (underground runners). Queensland Blue Couch and Buffalo grasses only have stolons.
Varieties with both stolons and rhizomes are typically used for sporting fields and high traffic areas due to their ability to self-repair and the need for less frequent watering.
The most popular varieties in Queensland are Couch, Buffalo, Kikuyu and Zoysia.
If it’s time to get rid of a bits and pieces lawn you can’t go past Daleys Turf grass; we offer a wide variety of grass types perfectly suited to the South East Queensland climate.