Buying ready-grown turf is the fastest and most convenient way to get a beautiful green lawn. Although it's slightly more expensive than using grass seed to grow a lawn from scratch, the extra expense will be worth every cent and will save you hours of time and labour and will guarantee an excellent result.
A large factor involved in ensuring that your new lawn becomes well established and stays healthy is choosing the right turf variety to use. These days, there are many different options available and it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which one will be best for your home. To narrow down your options, here are the two main things you should consider.
1. The climate in your area
There are many turf varieties that are considered all-rounders which will grow well in most moderate climate conditions. However, if you live in an area that experiences weather extremes, then you should opt for a turf that has been designed to survive the specific extremes your area faces.
For areas that have very cold winters, a turf variety such as Fescue will thrive through frost and snow and doesn't need a lot of sunshine. For areas with very hot and dry summers, a hardier variety such as Couch or Buffalo will provide a drought resistant lawn that can endure long days of hot sunshine.
2. How much lawn maintenance you are happy to do
All lawns will require a certain amount of maintenance but the amount needed varies between different turf varieties. Some varieties, such as Zoysia are the ultimate in low maintenance because they require very little water, very little fertiliser and they're slow growing so mowing is kept to a minimum.
However, low maintenance can come at a cost. Slow growing turf varieties don't recover as quickly from wear and tear as faster growing varieties, so they may not be ideal if you have kids or pets who put your lawn through its paces. You may need to compromise and opt for a faster-growing variety like Kikuyu which will need a little more care but will reward you with its hardiness.
If you're struggling to decide on a turf variety or you're having trouble deciding which needs you need to compromise on to make the best choice, then contact your local turf supplier. They can provide you with more information on the turf varieties that are available in your area that will best meet your needs.