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fast growing, running grass that is vigorous and
needs to be regularly mown to keep it as a good
looking lawn. Takes a small amount of shade. Can
be established from runners, seed and turf. Cool
Season Grasses Grow best in autumn and spring.
This grass is most often mixed with other grasses
to form a fine turf. It is normally grown from seed.
as Empire Turf, Zoysia japonica is rapidly becoming
a popular lawn that is drought tolerant, hard-wearing,
slow growing and has good cold tolerance.
Grass (sweet smother grass)
broad-leafed, warm season grass that is more shade-tolerant
than other warm season grasses. It is used as a
ground cover under trees in warmer climates.
grass with broad leaves that resemble buffalo. It
tends to discolour in cold winters and is best grown
in subtropical or tropical areas. It is tolerant
of acid soils but is regarded as a weed in finer
Usually grown from seed, most often in seed mixtures.
Shade tolerant but needs good watering to survive
fine textured lawn grass that has relatively high
maintenance requirements. It can be established
from runners or turf.
forms of what was originally a coarse, hard wearing
lawn grass. Modern cultivars are finer and softer.
Once established, itís more drought tolerant than
other cool season grasses but always need to be
left with plenty of leaf. Available as seeds or
perennial ryegrasses are most often included in
seed mixes. They germinate readily and grow quickly,
but need good watering during dry periods. Usually
grown from seed.
established lawns, cut warm season grasses to 2.5
cm and cool season grasses to 4 cm. Cut as frequently
as possible and remove as little growth as possible.
Never mow grass too low or Ďscalpí the grass. Grasses
need their leaf blades to make food for the plant.
is the most drought tolerant grass. Other warm season
grasses, such as kikuyu, buffalo, carpet grass and
Queensland blue couch, are reasonably drought tolerant.
As a rule, cool season grasses need more water,
although turf type tall fescue is relatively drought
tolerant once well established. Water in the morning
rather than the evening and give thorough, less
frequent soakings rather than short, frequent waterings.
Don't allow surface runoff.
light fertilising during the growing season is better
than infrequent, heavy fertilising. Use a correctly
balanced fertiliser (such as Thrive Lawn Food).
Donít use highly nitrogenous fertilisers like Sulphate
of Ammonia. Yates Lush Lawn Lifter is an enriched
organic-based lawn food with a good combination
of slow release organic particles and fast acting
minerals. Lush Lawn Master lasts for up to 3 months.