All grass is not created, or grown, equal, and there are many kinds to choose from throughout Western Australia for your new or updated lawn. 

Most property owners in Perth are facing strict water regulations. Depending on the climatic conditions of their region and whether or not they have access to a bore, their use of sprinklers will be limited.

This makes it even more challenging to keep a beautiful lawn that you’ve invested lots of time, energy and money in to look green all-year round. For this reason, it’s key that you choose the most water-wise option for your garden.

If you thought that all grass is the same, you’d be very much mistaken. From buffalo to couch, there are a number of common grass types found all across Australia. Here are the most common types and key characteristics to keep in mind when planning your garden.

The most popular grass types in Australia

There are several different types of grass available in Australia, and many of them seem very similar. For starters, they’re all green. It’s basically only the width of the leaf that’s noticeably different. The other differences relate to its tolerance to:

  • Drought conditions
  • Shade coverage from trees
  • Wear
  • Frost
  • Cold weather

Here are five of the most widely used grass types in Australia:

1. Buffalo

Buffalo has been a firm favorite for a long time. While its leaf blade is very wide and looks attractive, people, especially children, often complain that it can irritate the skin. On the flipside, it’s durable and straightforward to grow and maintain. Plus, come rain or shine, it can do well in Australia’s climate.

2. Couch

Couch grass has fine leaves with a very fine pointy tip. It’s one of the most cost-effective options available, not only for its price but also for its durability. It can withstand wear and tear, and should the kids or family dog get a bit too boisterous, it will rebound and repair fast.

However, as it grows quickly, it means that you’ll need to mow it regularly. If you don’t keep your hand on it, it will invade other areas such as your landscaped garden bed. Also, another downside is that it requires dethatching from time to time and fertilization during autumn and winter is essential.

3. Zoysia

Zoysia grass isn’t as broad as buffalo making it a good choice if you prefer a finer leaf. With regards to its tolerance, it’s very tolerant to heat and drought. This makes it a popular choice for warmer regions. Another perk that it offers is that it requires very low maintenance, unlike couch.

While not as durable as couch, it still offers a relatively high wear tolerance. Though, it doesn’t grow well in colder regions.

4. Kikuyu

While kikuyu isn’t native to Australia (it originates from Kenya), it’s still one of the most popular grass types among Australian businesses and households. Not as broad as buffalo but not as fine as zoysia either, kikuyu offers a bit of both worlds. Its leaves are medium in width and bright green in color. Not only does it tolerate heat and humidity well, but it can also grow in a poorer soil type.

However, because it’s such an eager grower, it means that you’ll have a much harder time maintaining it. If left unchecked, it can quickly take over your garden.

5. Synthetic grass

A slightly different option is to opt for artificial grass. Increasingly more households in Australia and across the world are choosing to go this route for a number of reasons. In fact, it’s anticipated that the global artificial grass market will reach just over $6 million by 2026. Not only can synthetic grass help to cut down on water usage, but it also eliminates the need to use pesticides and fertilizers which could be harmful.

There’s a number of leading choices that you can select which means you’re bound to find a grass surface that will meet your unique needs and budget. One of the biggest advantages of installing artificial grass is that it costs nothing to maintain. It requires no water, no fertilizer, no pesticide, and no cutting.

How to choose a supplier for your new lawn

A lawn isn’t something that you want to redo often. Grass can last you quite a long time (and artificial grass can last you up to 25 years), but that’s only if it was installed correctly and maintained properly.

To help you choose the right supplier for your new lawn, here are some questions that you can ask:

  • Can you both supply and install the artificial grass/lay the turf?
  • Can you tell me more about the different types of turf?
  • Do you offer delivery?
  • Which lawn care product options do you provide?
  • Which safety measures do you observe?
  • Do you offer free quotes?
  • Do you offer flexible payment arrangements?
  • Do you offer a warranty?

Looking to switch from natural to synthetic grass?

Ensuring that your lawn looks great during winter and summer calls for a lot of investment. Not only is it a time-consuming activity, but the water and fertilization required for general maintenance can quickly drive up the bill. It’s for these reasons that increasingly more property and business owners are switching to artificial grass.

Synthetic grass surfaces are easier to maintain (even during the winter months when some types of grass can be more difficult to maintain). This means that you’ll be able to enjoy your lawn all-year round as it should be. Plus, you’ll also save on maintenance costs.

Whether it’s for a residential or commercial space in Perth, the team at EverGreen Synthetic Grass will be able to help. If you’re looking to go greener, call us on (08) 9303 2130 or complete our enquiry form for a fast free quote today.