Why Choosing the Right Turf is Important

If you are on the hunt for the perfect turf for your home, then you’ve either just built your brand new dream home, or you’re replacing your tired old lawn. Whatever the reason, choosing the right turf is important. Different grass varieties flourish in different conditions. When choosing the right turf, you need to find a turf variety that will thrive in your location and suit the activities that will be carried out on it.

If you choose the wrong turf for your property and intended use, it is likely that you’ll have to replace it in the future. Important factors to consider when choosing the right turf, include shade tolerance, soil quality, drought tolerance & watering requirements, maintenance requirements and intended use. All of these factors must be considered, to ensure that your lawn will thrive for many years to come.

Shade Tolerance

When choosing the right turf, it is particularly important to assess how much direct sunlight your lawn will receive as opposed to shade. All grass varieties require sunlight to grow and flourish, with some requiring more than others. When determining how much shade tolerance will be required from your new turf, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your lawn receive full sun or is it shaded by houses, fences, buildings, pergolas, sheds, trees, plants, etc?
  • Will plants and trees grow over time and shade the grass?
  • Are you planning to build any structures in the future, such as a shed, pergola, or house extension, that could impact or further shade your lawn?
  • Are there any vacant blocks surrounding your property that may be built upon in the coming years?

When answering the above questions, take into consideration that your lawn will receive different amounts of sunlight in summer and winter months. Sapphire Buffalo and Shade master Buffalo have a high tolerance to shade and are great choices if your lawn will be shaded for much of the day. However, if you were to lay grass varieties such as Couch or Kikuyu turf which have very low shade tolerances, it is likely that your lawn would eventually die off and need replacement. Therefore, choosing the right turf for your environment is very important.

Soil Quality

Before choosing a turf variety, it is important to check your soil quality and ensure that it will be able to support the growth of your new lawn. After all, if your soil type is not suitable for your chosen turf species, choosing the right turf won’t matter as it won’t have access to the nutrients it needs to thrive. First test soil pH levels and add lime to increase pH levels if they are below the recommended 6-7.5. If the soil is too compact or has a clay base, adding gypsum will help to break up the clay. Also, adding a top layer of organic matter will improve the soil’s structure, particularly for sand based soils, and improve growing conditions.

Drought Tolerance & Watering Requirements

Australia has a very dry climate and is prone to drought. Therefore it is important to consider that water restrictions may come into effect in the future, which means that your lawn may need to survive with minimal watering. All grass varieties require water to flourish, however there are some grass varieties such as Couch and Kikuyu turf, that require less water to survive.

Maintenance Requirements

If you desire a showpiece lawn that you and your neighbours will stop and admire, then you must be prepared to contribute a high level of maintenance. Maintenance includes mowing, fertilising, irrigation and more. However, if you are time poor and would much rather spend your precious spare time doing the things that you enjoy, there are grass varieties available, such as Palmetto Buffalo Grass, that require very minimal maintenance. In order to choose the right turf, consider how much maintenance you are willing to do. Also consider the growth rate of the grass, which will help you to figure out how much mowing will be required.

Intended Use

Every household uses their lawn differently. Some people don’t step out onto their lawn unless they are mowing it. Others have kids and pets running around on it most of the time. It is important to choose a grass variety that can withstand the activities that will be played out on it. You may not be planning to use your lawn much now, but will your circumstances change in the future? Choosing a lawn that can cope with your current situation as will as possible changes, such as starting a family, will save you from having to replace your lawn in the future.

In order to choose the right turf, weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of the turf species and consider all of the above factors. The turf specialists at Andrew’s Turf Supplies can assist you with choosing the right turf for your property and circumstances, as well as turf supplies in Sydney. By choosing the right turf, you will save yourself the hassle and cost of having to rip your lawn up in the future and replace it.

Here at Andrew’s Turf Supplies, we are highly knowledgeable in the pros and cons of different turf varieties, such as Kikuyu, Couch, Sapphire Buffalo, Shademaster Buffalo, Matilda Buffalo and Palmetto Buffalo grass. Whether you need turf advice or landscape supplies in Sydney, Andrew’s Turf Supplies have got you covered.

We offer a full service, from turf supplies Sydney right through to turf installation. In addition to being reliable turf suppliers and turf installers in Sydney, we are also able to prepare soil for turf installation, install irrigation systems, and complete gardening and timber work. Get in contact with our friendly team today for a FREE quote on 0423 385 565 or email