Choosing the right turf

Choosing the right turf

Which Lawn Variety is Right for our Home?

When taken into full consideration, all the factors below will steer us towards making the right choice for our requirements of a new lawn variety. Ignoring them may lead to years of poor lawn health regardless of dedication to quality lawn care practices, lack of use of the space, regret, and possibly a lot of expense if we later need to replace the lawn with a new variety.

The maze of lawn choices really isn’t that difficult, it just requires a little research, and putting all our preferences or biases aside from the start of the decision-making process. Choosing the environmental aspects such as sun and shade conditions first, the use of the lawn second, and personal preference last.

The purpose here is not to individually critique and compare each lawn type or lawn brand, but to instead give a list of considerations which we need to consider when choosing a new lawn for our home, and the environment it will grow in, and the uses the lawn will be put to.

Full Sun

Is your lawn going to be in full sun? Some turf varieties absolutely love a full day of sun, yet the same lawn varieties may die off with average amounts of shade. Every lawn variety requires a minimum amount of hours of direct sunshine each day and some are a lot more shade tolerant than others.

Watering

When choosing lawn you must consider what access you will have to water once your lawn has been established. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to long dry periods a drought-resistant variety is preferable.

If you live in an area that typically has low rainfall, but you have access to a dam or river that you can use, then you might not necessarily have to choose a variety that is super drought hardy. What you’re aiming for is a lawn that grows well in your local conditions so you won’t have to water excessively.

Consider installing an irrigation system before putting in new lawn, it will make watering easier in the future.

Lawns in Shade

What levels of shade will your lawn live with, and will young trees or bushes grow over the next few years to shade the lawn area, what about that new pergola or shed you’re thinking about?

Shade tolerance is very important, every lawn requires a minimum amount of hours of direct sunlight per day for its proper lawn care and survival. While some lawn types will tolerate some shade, others a lot more shade, yet still other lawn varieties simply will not tolerate shade at all.

Traffic

Will your lawn have cars driven on it, or will it be a heavy play area or other high use area? If so, then a more vigorous lawn variety that quickly repairs itself and withstands greater wear may the right choice.

Lawn Aggressiveness

The vigour and growth rates of a lawn is an important factor.

The aggressive lawn can be cheaper to purchase because it grows quicker on the farm. It repairs itself faster from damage, so this may be a consideration if your lawn will become a high traffic area.

On the opposite side, a more vigorous lawn type will need to be mowed a little more often, and may need to be vertimowed too. Vertimowing is the process of removing excessive thatch that collects near the surface of a lawn. Thatch can prevent up to 75% of water that is applied to a lawn ever reaching the root system. A thatched lawn will also suffer from having a scarred appearance when it is mowed.

A vigorous lawn may also invade surrounding areas like garden beds, thus creating more maintenance and lawn care work for the lawn owner than other less vigorous lawn varieties.

Lawn Appearance

Do you have a preference for a thick bladed leaf, or a preference for a thin leaf? Some lawn grasses have a fine leaf, others a medium leaf, and others still – a very wide leaf blade.

A Lawns Salt Tolerance

Do you live near the beach? This may restrict the type of lawn turf that can survive and thrive at your desired location, some lawn varieties can live with the salt, and others can’t.

Where to Begin Choosing our New Lawn

Understanding these primary considerations now leads onto choosing a lawn variety, follow these considerations and choose your lawn with confidence. 

Refer to our Quick Lawn Reference Table for more help.

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