Warm season grasses
These grasses grow best in late spring, summer and early autumn.
- Couch - a hard wearing lawn that survives with little care. A running grass that can be established from seed, runners or turf. Only germinates reliably when temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees celsius. Hates shade and likes a soil pH of 6- 7. Many cultivars available from turf suppliers. Hybrids are also available.
- Kikuyu - A 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.
- Buffalo - Running grass that forms a dense, coarse textured lawn that is hard wearing but slow growing. Grown from turf or runners. Newer cultivars (e.g. ‘Palmetto’ are softer and have improved shade tolerance).
- Carpet Grass - Running grass with broad leaves. Best grown in subtropical or tropical areas. It is tolerant of acid soils but is regarded as a weed in finer turf.
- Queensland Blue - A fine-leafed running grass that suits frost-free districts and has fine blue-green leaves. Queensland Blue Couch is for the warm climate lawn enthusiast and can be established from seeds or turf.
- Durban Grass (Sweet smother grass) – Shade-tolerant running grass. Grow from turf or runners. Suits warmer climates. Mow high. Slow growing and not hard wearing.
- Zoysia - A recently released grass type that is said to have good wear and drought tolerance..