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#1 Lou-bags

Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:17 PM

Hi all,

We’re doing our back yard before we move to our new place. Can anyone tell me what the best lawn these days?

We had sir Walter at our last house but I find it too sharp/rough for the kids. I don’t know if we were sold the real thing or an inferior buffalo style though.

It will be for the kids and dog to play on. Advice please!!

Thanks!

#2 Mister Mum

Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:23 PM

Kenda Kikuyu is great for kids and dogs.

#3 laridae

Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:20 PM

Depends on where you live and what the garden is like. Some don't tolerate shade or cold well. Buffalo would be not much good in Tas (too cold) and kikuyu isn't allowed as it spreads too much and is a weed. However in other states these are fine.
We have RTF, which is shade and cold tolerant and self repairing. But it would be no good in a lot of places as it's not drought tolerant.


#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:37 PM

SE Qld here & we have a buffalo grass - palmetto I believe it is.

Kids haven't killed it yet & its doing fine in both our shady areas & those that get the sun all day long.

ETA - it also seems to not attract the bindi's either - given the footpath is full of them I'm amazed that we have none in the yard.

Edited by PrincessPeach, 06 December 2018 - 10:38 PM.


#5 Lou-bags

Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:42 PM

Good point laridae

We’re in Perth, coastal suburb house maybe 600 m from the beach, planting spot is full sun.

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:48 PM

We’re in Perth and DH loves Sir Walter. Since we got a bore, it looks amazing. We had it in Rockingham near the beach and in the NT as well, and it seems to be very hardy.

#7 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:47 AM

Join the Facebook group “Australian lawn fanatics” they will have some great state specific advice.


We have buffalo and I love it cause even though it’s a bit rough, the kids and dog can’t do much damage and it self spreads across bald patches and it’s shade tolerant (we are in Melbourne)
In Perth I would imagine being drought tolerant and liking sandier soils would be more important.

#8 can'tstayaway

Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:48 PM

 Lou-bags, on 06 December 2018 - 10:42 PM, said:

We’re in Perth, coastal suburb house maybe 600 m from the beach, planting spot is full sun.
I’d suggest Empire Grass.

I found it soft and low maintenance.

#9 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted Yesterday, 02:05 PM

View Postcan, on 08 December 2018 - 06:48 PM, said:

I’d suggest Empire Grass.

I found it soft and low maintenance.
Agree. I was going to suggest a zoysia grass too.

If you are getting turf, check each roll that it has enough dirt/soil attached to the roots. If it doesn't, put that roll aside and tell your supplier that they need to give you replacement rolls of turf.

Make sure you have good soil preparation before the turf arrives and try to lay the turf as soon as you can after it is delivered. Water it well for the first 10-12 weeks (over summer, that usually means morning and evening) and don't be too hard on it for the first couple of months while the roots are still trying be become established.

#10 can'tstayaway

Posted Yesterday, 02:38 PM

 YodaTheWrinkledOne, on 10 December 2018 - 02:05 PM, said:

Make sure you have good soil preparation before the turf arrives and try to lay the turf as soon as you can after it is delivered. Water it well for the first 10-12 weeks (over summer, that usually means morning and evening) and don't be too hard on it for the first couple of months while the roots are still trying be become established.
Yes, good soil prep is essential. I annoy our landscapers to no end with my pickiness. I also like to have the turf laid a few cm lower than the final height I want it at. This gives room for top dressing.




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