Warm Season Grasses

Warm season turf identification

In general, northern areas of Australia can grow warmer season grasses quite well throughout the year. Most of Australia can grow warm season grasses, however the level of dormancy and shade needs to be considered because this influences the growth.

Ask the Lawn Addicts team about turf identification and advice for warm season turf, including buffalo, kikuyu, couch and zoysia grasses.

  • Zoysia (inc. varieties)

    Zoysia is considered premium warm season lawn and is gaining great popularity. It has a slightly larger blade than couch, requires less mowing and maintenance and can be cut short to 10 mm and up to 30 mm long. Because of its larger blade, zoysia grass can handle full sun and also more shade than couch grass. It does not handle extreme cold very well and is best suited to warmer regions. It’s a good lawn for regions of high…

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  • Kikuyu (inc. hybrid varieties)

    Kikuyu has always been the number one choice for any lawn areas which are expected to be under heavy wear and tear conditions throughout its life, as this grass repairs itself quicker than almost any other grass. Its durability and self-repairing allows it to withstand the busiest of backyards. Kikuyu is also preferred by many for its soft leaf, which makes a soft lawn and for its bright green colour. When cared for properly, and mowed with sharp blades and…

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  • Common & Hybrid Couch

    Couch is one of the most popular lawns in Australia and has been so for a long time. Couch has a fine leaf and has a dark green colour, has high durability and is very drought tolerant and occurs natively in many areas – all these factors contribute to its popularity. Couch thrives in full sun and handles extreme heat, but can’t handle shade – as little as 10% will affect its growth. Couch responds well with care and fertilising.…

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  • Buffalo (inc. hybrid varieties)

    Almost all buffalo grasses sold today are soft leaf buffalo. Most are referred to by their brand names, such as Sapphire, Matilda, Sir Walter, Palmetto, Shademaster, ST Varieties and more. These new buffalo strains are an improvement with softer feel, durability, shade tolerance and reduced invasiveness. The new soft leaf buffalo grasses grow well in sandy, lightly salty, or alkaline soils. These grasses love full sun and some are capable of handling up to 70% shade, yet still considered a…

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