Which Is The Best Grass Type?

If you want to have the best lawn you need to choose from the best grass types in Australia. A lot can be done to make an inferior turf variety look great, but it will take more work and more money in the long run.

Consider how much time and money can be spent on product applications such as fertiliser, weed and pest control, mowing, weeding other maintenance and water bills to get the result you are after!

The best grass types are the ones proven to perform and are superior to other available species.

For many years the best, and most favoured turf variety in Australia has been Sir Walter DNA Certified. But there are some new comers to the game that may be a better fit for your yard.

Sir Walter DNA Certified

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Sir Walter DNA Certified is a broad-leaf buffalo turf. While there are loads of buffalo varieties, there is a reason Sir Walter DNA Certified is Australia’s No.1 buffalo lawn.

It has stood the test of time, is highly versatile and has been proven that it can grow in all sorts of areas and conditions.

It has a soft leaf and high weed-resistance, making it both practical and enjoyable to use. It’s thick growth habit and ability to self-repair makes it the perfect fit for high wear areas and is great for kids and pets.

Sir Walter DNA Certified has great shade tolerance, surviving on as little as 3-5 hours of direct sunlight a day. In saying that, it also loves full sun and can thrive in either condition.

It’s both frost and drought tolerant. This makes it a great fit for the dry conditions of Australia. It is affordable and has quite low maintenance requirements.

All in all, Sir Walter DNA Certified is a great option if you’re looking for a versatile and affordable lawn great for the whole family.

But there are now some new kids on the block vying for the best grass type.

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is the result of over 25 years of research and development and comes out of The University of Georgia in the USA.

It was selected out of almost 30,000 different Bermuda grass varieties, showing superior qualities in drought tolerance, wear tolerance, winter colour and shade tolerance compared to the other Bermudas. All while maintaining great turf quality.

TifTuf has been specifically bred to withstand harsh and varied climates, such as those experienced in Australia, but with very low inputs while retaining an impressive appearance.

TifTuf is a sustainable option for environmentally friendly lawns, sports fields and golf courses. It uses significantly less water than other grasses – up to 38% less than other warm-season varieties.

It is the perfect choice for an active family or for pet owners due to its self-repairing nature and fast growth. It is also being widely used in sporting fields now because of its ability to repair itself so quickly.

Due to the similarities between them, the main difference to consider when comparing TifTuf and Sir Walter is shade tolerance and looks.

While TifTuf does perform better in the shade than other Bermuda grasses, Sir Walter DNA Certified is superior when it comes to shade tolerance.

The Sir Walter DNA Certified has a broad leaf and TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda has a fine leaf, which is more similar to couch, meaning they look and feel very different. Whether you like the look of Sir Walter or TifTuf better comes down to personal preference.

Your situation and taste will be the ultimate decider as to which of these is the best grass type.

Sir Grange Zoysia

Sir Grange Zoysia is a new turf variety in Australia that has been hand-selected out of more than 10,000 different varieties. It is a very fine leaf turf with an extremely dense root system and slow growth habit.

Sir Grange is the closest looking grass type to an artificial lawn. It requires half the mowing of a traditional warm-season turf and can survive with as little as 3 hours of sunlight a day.

It is also a hardy grass that can survive through harsh drought conditions once established and will recover very quickly once water is reapplied. It has very low water input and nutrient input requirements.

While it can handle wear and is self-repairing, due to its slow growth, it requires time to recover after periods of high-use.

Sir Grange is best for those wanting the perfect looking, low-maintenance and manicured lawn, rather than for the active family. If you want the best-looking lawn on the street, Sir Grange is the best grass type for you!

As discussed, Sir Grange is an extremely slow-growing variety. While this is one of its many benefits, it will take at least a year in most areas to establish, so we encourage you to be patient and you will see the benefits in time! It is definitely worth the wait.

While choosing the best lawn for you can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Call us on 02 4464 2033 to speak with one of our staff about the perfect fit for you.

Otherwise, come into our office in Jaspers Brush Monday-Friday between 9-3:30 to come and see the different varieties available for yourself.

Want more info on grass types? Try reading our ultimate guide to grass!