Best Turf Types for Sydney Climate

Best Turf Types for Sydney Climate

Front Lawn in Sydney NSWWondering what is the best lawn for Sydney and NSW? With seasonal conditions varying from hot and humid to wet and cold there are many grasses to choose from.

When choosing a lawn for your yard, first assess the amount of water, sun and shade the area will receive.

Then based on what characteristics you need and want in your lawn, Sydney offers a large selection of suitable grasses – Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch and Kikuyu.

Buffalo Turf Types for Sydney’s Climate

Buffalo grasses are comfortable, convenient and easy to maintain and an ideal choice for Sydney and NSW’s backyards.

Buffalo grass is also adept at handling the varying seasonal conditions that occur in Sydney and surrounding regions.

Buffalo also has self-repairing qualities, making it ideal for high-traffic situations such as a family yard.

Behind Buffalo grasses hard-wearing characteristics are deep roots as well as fast-growing stolons and runners that enable quick recovery from lots of traffic. 

Due to Buffalo grasses large, deep rooted system it is an efficient water user and can stay greener for longer during dry conditions.

Buffalo lawns are also known for having a full and fast recovery rate once drought and water restrictions have ended.

Prestige Buffalo Lawns - Perfect for Sydney's Climate

Prestige Buffalo

When buying a lawn, getting the darkest green colour possible can be one of your top priorities for your Sydney backyard.

For those who desire the darkest green lawn in the street, Prestige Buffalo should be your choice and can be grown anywhere in NSW.

Prestige is also known as the Next Generation Buffalo as it is one of the newest Buffalos on the market having been bred from Sir Walter but with all its characteristics enhanced to suit Buffalo lawn lovers.

Added to Prestige’s darkest green colour is its fast growth habit means it recovers quickly from wear damage from pets and kids.

Shade cover and heavy wear areas of up to 50% is also not a problem for Prestige Buffalo.

And for the long dry periods Sydney lawns often experience, Prestige is an efficient water user and is able to stay green longer in dry conditions.

Thatch can cause a lawn to become very spongy, Prestige® turf is a low thatch variety and cuts down on the maintenance.

Due to its large, deep root system, it is an efficient water user and stays green longer in dry conditions. For this same reason, it can cope with cold and stay green longer in winter.

Prestige Buffalo costs between $13 to $16.50 per square metre. Your local Sydney turf suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. If you would like more Prestige Buffalo info, visit our Prestige Buffalo info page and get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo Turf - Perfect for Sydney's Climate

Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo

Not only is a Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn hard wearing, due to its quick recovery from wear damage, but it is also shade tolerant like all other good varieties of buffalo grass.

The Sapphire turf is a favourite for Sydney homes because the kids can fall down, and leave diverts without getting hurt and a bonus is that it won’t worry the grass.

Until now, fine textured buffalo lawns have been slow growing, and shallow rooted, but a Sapphire Buffalo lawn is different thanks to its folding leaf that creates unbeatable soft.

And Sapphire lawn also has excellent disease tolerance, and a great winter colour.

Sapphire Buffalo costs between $10 to $15 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. If you would like more Sapphire Buffalo info, visit our Sapphire Buffalo info page and get 3 quotes from your local Sapphire growers today.

Palmetto Buffalo

Palmetto Buffalo grass has outstanding winter colour.

On average, Palmetto has 75.5% better winter colour than other buffalo grass types, this means you will have the greenest grass all year round in Sydney.

With all the additional benefits of a hardy buffalo turf, Palmetto is a great option for the gardener who really wants their turf to shine.

Palmetto turf also has a high tolerance to shade making it ideal for yards sheltered by trees, garden shrubs or house eaves.

Palmetto turf has also fared as one of the best for drought tolerance against all other Buffalo varieties trialled thanks to a deep-rooted system that seeks out water.

Palmetto Buffalo costs between $10 to $15 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. If you would like more Palmetto Buffalo info, visit our Palmetto Buffalo info page and get 3 quotes from your local Palmetto growers today.

Zoysia Turf Types for Sydney’s Climate

Zoysia grass is a lovely attractive, drought and wear tolerant grass that is still new to NSW yards and landscapes.

Zoysia Lawn in Sydney BackyardFor a NSW homeowner wanting a lawn that requires less mowing, is water-wise and hard wearing and has an eye-catching dark green colour – a Zoysia turf is your answer.

This popular grass has a deep-rooted, underground runner system that allows Zoysia turf to endure extreme climates such as heat, humidity and sub-zero temperatures. 

Zoysia lawns are known for being incredibly soft, with no chance of irritating or scratching the skin.

Zoysia lawns also grow incredibly slowly, making it attractive for those who aren’t a huge fan of mowing.

The slow growth of Zoysia turf also means that managing potential invasion of surrounding garden beds is made much easier.

Empire Zoysia Turf - Perfect for low Maintenance Sydney homes

Empire Zoysia

Empire Zoysia is easy growing and adaptable to NSW changing conditions.

Empire turf performs well in all soil types, including clay and sandy soils.

It’s deep root and underground runner system allows Empire lawn to endure extreme climates and can handle heat and humidity as well as sub-zero temperatures.

Requiring less mowing, fertiliser and weeding than other grass types, Empire turf has earnt its title as “the low maintenance lawn”.

Empire is an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant. It’s an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions.

Empire Zoysia costs between $12 to $16 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. If you would like more Empire Zoysia info, visit our Empire Zoysia info page and or get 3 quotes from your local Empire growers today.

Nara Native Zoysia

Nara Native Zoysia is a true all-rounder that will perform well in NSW’s tough conditions, without sacrificing on looks or feel.

Nara Zoysia Lawn in Sydney NSWNative to Australia, Nara is naturally equipped to handle hot, dry climates, humid conditions and even the cold southern NSW climate, but has the added bonus of being soft to touch.

Evolution within the Australian environment has given it some distinct advantages – Nara is an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant.

Nara turf is an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions.

Nara is also both naturally salt tolerant and more resistant to the pests and diseases that can affect Aussie lawns. It’s perfect for coastal areas and can be used for beach and waterfront properties.

Nara Native Zoysia costs between $11 to $16 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. If you would like more Nara Zoysia info, visit our Nara Zoysia info page and or get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

Kikuyu Turf Types for Sydney’s Climate

Kikuyu Turf in Sydney NSWTaking its name from the most populous ethnic group in Kenya (this grass’ native country), Kikuyu grass is generally regarded as one of the more “vigorous” grasses – and also the most economical lawn.

Kikuyu loves a warmer climate and thrives in full sun which makes it perfect for Sydney homes; the downside of this is that it grows poorly in shady or poorly lit areas.

However, Kikuyu It will regenerate quickly if worn out, which is why it’s often used for schools and sports fields.

The main problem with Kikuyu grass is that its fast-growing nature means that it can become invasive, requiring frequent mowing through the warmer parts of the year.

Care must be taken to stop it from escaping the confines of your lawn and spreading to other parts of your home’s yard, or even crossing over to a neighbour’s yard.

Kenda Kikuyu Lawn in Sydney NSW

Kenda Kikuyu

Unlike common Kikuyu, Kenda grass is bred to be sterile and produce minimal seed head meaning it is less likely to spread into surrounding garden beds or onto foot paths.

Kenda’s sterile seed head also means it has low allergenic characteristics which reduces its likelihood of causing problems for allergy sufferers.

Thanks to Kenda’s strong root system that grows vigorously, it is an efficient water user, highly drought tolerant and handles all kinds of wear and tear – whether it’s from large dogs, active kids or regular backyard parties.

Kenda is and an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions.

Kenda Kikuyu costs between $7 to $11 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool. To get more Kenda Kikuyu info, visit our Kenda Kikuyu info page and or get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

Couch Turf Types for Sydney’s Climate

Couch Turf for Sydney homesCouch grass is an easy-going and cheaper grass which can make for a great-looking lawn when treated correctly.

Couch holds up against wear and tear and can repair itself rather quickly due to its vigorous underground runners.

However, Couch runners can also cause problems in regard to creeping into other non-lawn areas, so the areas adjacent to any Couch grass should be monitored carefully in order to avoid this.

Couch grass will stay relatively vibrant in all seasons; however, care should be taken in warmer months to mow it regularly, and to fertilise and nourish it in colder months.

OZTUFF Couch

OZTUFF is a proven Couch variety that copes well with NSW’s conditions both north and south.

Oztuff Australian Couch Turf - Perfect for Sydney NSW Climate

OZTUFF has hard wearing and fast recovery characteristics – great for pets and kids – due to the strength in its moderate thatch layer that protects the grass runners and stem growth.

A robust deep-rooted system means OZTUFF is more drought resistance that other grasses.

OZTUFF Couch costs between $8 to $10 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

Stadium Sports Couch

Stadium Sports Couch is another variety that handles all of NSW’s erratic seasonal conditions.

Stadium has been bred to tolerate very high traffic areas – such as sporting fields and backyards with active children and dogs.

Stadium Sports Couch Turf - Perfect for Sydney NSW's ClimateStadium Couch’s fast aggressive runner growth and a good dense stolon base allows it to quickly recover from damage and wear.

The natural survival characteristics of Stadium and the large number of underground runners make it tough and hardy during drought conditions.

Stadium Couch costs between $8 to $10 per square metre. Your local NSW grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

If you are looking for a turf recommendation for your local climate, find guides for each city below.

Or check out our handy Quick Lawn Selection Guide.

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