How to aerate and top dress your lawn
Every garden is different – it might be a space for the kids to run and play or a perfectly pristine place to relax. So be sure to choose a lawn that's tough enough to suit your needs.
The amount of water, sun and shade in your garden will determine which lawn is right for you. Some hardy lawns, like Emerald Kikuyu, can withstand drought conditions.
Check your soil type with a pH test kit. Most lawn species grow best in well-drained soil with a pH level of 5.5–6.5. If your soil has too much sand or clay, or a pH level outside this range, you will need to improve it first by using compost and organic matter.
Seed is a great choice when you need to grow large areas of lawn on a tight budget and time is not an issue, while turf is typically more expensive per square metre, but gives instant results.
With lots of lawns to choose from, here are three popular lawn types for Australian gardens:
Emerald Kikuyu is a tough hard-wearing lawn type, making it a good choice for kids and pets. Available as lawn seed, Emerald Kikuyu is darker in colour with a finer leaf texture.
Emerald Kikuyu can withstand drought conditions. It can tolerate full sun and semi-shade, and grows well in temperatures between 15 and 40°C.
Emerald Kikuyu prefers well-structured fertile soils but will grow in a wide range of soils, from sand to sandy-loam soils.
Couch blends use a mix of different grass types to create a hard-wearing lawn that's excellent for high-traffic areas. Available as seed, the blends often contain ryegrass, which provides cover and helps prevent weeds while the couch is establishing.
Couch blends are suitable for most areas of Australia and will grow well in warmer areas. They can tolerate full sun to semi-shade.
Couch blends can be grown in a wide range of soil types, from clay to sandy.
Sir Walter Buffalo Turf is an extremely resilient, low-maintenance lawn that thrives in shade and heat without much water – making it the perfect choice for Aussie gardens. Available in turf rolls, Sir Walter has a soft leaf and the ability to repair itself.
Sir Walter Buffalo Lawn is great for shady areas and harsh hot conditions, even with minimal water.
Sir Walter Buffalo Lawns thrive in the 6 to 7.5 pH range. Be careful to check fertilisers and weed sprays, as it can be damaged by the wrong products.
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