Nara™ Native Zoysia – Australian born and bred

Nara™ Native Zoysia – Australian born and bred

Nara Zoysia™  is the Number 1 Aussie native choice for lower maintenance, high drought, salt and wear tolerance as well as good weed resistance. The high-performing, fine-leaf turf makes Nara grass suited to the homeowner who is looking for the benefits of a lush, vibrant green lawn in summer and while dormant in winter still maintains its colour well.

Nara Native Zoysia is a true all-rounder that performs under tough conditions without sacrificing on looks and feel. Even though Nara Zoysia is a native grass it still takes on the appearance of an eye-catching deep green domestic lawn and is soft to touch.

Nara turf is also an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant due to its deep-rooted system and superior attributes. It is an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions. Nara is naturally salt-tolerant, making it perfect for beach and waterfront properties and is more resistant to pest and diseases that affect other Aussie lawns.

Nara Zoysia Features

  • Water Efficient
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wear Tolerance
  • Salt Tolerance
  • Erosion Control


Water-efficient and drought tolerant

Nara Zoysia’s deep roots make for drought tolerance and water efficiency – therefore it is ideal for areas prone to water restrictions.

Large Nara Zoysia Lawn Next to VerandaIn drought studies, Nara Zoysia was found to be more drought tolerant than Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu turf.

Very low maintenance

Nara Native Zoysia is a very low maintenance lawn that requires less mowing, edging and fertilising compared to other varieties such as Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu.

Nara turf will need about 20% less mowing than Buffalo, 35% less than Couch and 55% less than Kikuyu.

It requires less edging than Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu, making Nara grass less invasive for the garden.

Great wear tolerance

Girl Playing on Nara Zoysia Grass Lawn

Nara is classified as a wear tolerant lawn type.

Nara Native turf has a high wear tolerance in both sun and semi-shade growing conditions compared to Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu.

High salt tolerance

Nara Native turf is the best grass for salt areas.

Growing close to a beach or on waterfront properties is not a problem for Nara zoysia.

It can handle the most salt at 24 deci-semen per metres (dS/m) over 15,000 parts per million – and Nara turf had the best salt tolerance results out of all the Zoysia varieties.

Outstanding erosion control

Nara turf was found to have excellent erosion control performance, strengthening the soil 58% which is 38.3% more than Kikuyu, and 54.8% more than Couch.

In a soil strength test, Nara Native turf was estimated to be as strong as 105 kilopascals.

Best Planting Time for Nara

Nara Zoysia Layed in Large Open Backyard

When installing Nara Zoysia, it is best when the weather is not too cold.

It is best to avoid laying in the following months – please note this is only a guide.

  • ACT: From March 15 – September 15. (including similar climates such as Bathurst, Armidale and Ballarat)
  • Victoria, SA, WA: From April 25 – August 25.
  • Sydney: From May 15 – August 15.

If planted in warmer weather, Nara turf will establish relatively quickly.

Nara grass can be laid any time of the year in Brisbane and northern Queensland.

In early spring or autumn Nara Zoysia may take a week longer than other types to establish, but what’s a week compared to a lifetime of low maintenance!

Nara Zoysia Lawn Care Advice


Nara turf can be mown long or short depending on the desired finish you want.

If you want a green manicured bowling green, regular short mowing will be the best approach.

A general lawn usually can cope with fortnightly spring and summer mowing unless it is highly fertilised.

If you highly fertiliser your Nara turf, then mowing each 10-days is recommended for a neat long bowling green appearance.

With no spring to summer fertilising, Nara grass can be usually mown every 3 to 4 weeks and mow to a height of between 20mm to 45mm to prevent scalping.

Mowing practice can also help keep Nara turf greener in winter so leave the height at a moderate length for most of the year.

If after all the recommended fertilising the lawn browns off in winter, lightly mow the turf.

Under moderate frosts and even the odd heavy frost, only the tips of the leaf burns on Nara turf, so a light mow removes most of the burn making the lawn instantly green!


Water thoroughly and regularly after the Nara Zoysia has been laid to encourage a deep and vigorous root system.

With a deep root system, the new Nara turf will be able to fossick for water and therefore be more able to withstand hot dry conditions.

Once the root system is fully established, water the Nara Zoysia thoroughly only when needed (when a slight wilting is visible) – usually every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often) and with much less water in cooler months.

It is best to water your Nara turf in the early morning.

Remember, that infrequent deep watering promotes a healthy Nara lawn.


Fertilizer Tool Applying to Grass

A great saving with Nara turf is the fact it needs less fertiliser than all other types of grasses, the recommendation is for a slow release fertiliser applied firstly in early April and again in September.

If you want your Nara Zoysia to retain a good winter colour, then fertilise well in autumn and winter and have it shortly mown – the results will make the neighbours very envious.

If your Nara turf is going to get a lot of wear and tear then remember to fertilise in autumn, winter and spring to maintain a lush dark green looking lawn.

However, if you want a low maintenance lawn, fertilise sparingly and mow very little – twice per year in some cases.

Weed control

Winter Grass Infestation

Nara Native Zoysia is able to outcompete most common weeds due to its dense growth when maintained.

If weeds infest, hand eradicate before seed heads develop or apply a suitable weedicide – ask your local garden centre for advice.

Nara turf is tolerant to a wider spectrum of herbicides compare to Buffalo grasses.

Pests and Diseases

Nara turf rarely gets lawn diseases and copes very well with humid and dry conditions.

In colder areas, Nara Zoysia hides rust much better than many other types of grass, so it is a safe choice.

A Nara lawn copes well with the Country’s bugs and insects, probably because of its built-up immunity over the millions of years of development as a native species of Australia.

Nara turf has been found to be more resistant to Black Beetle, Army Worm and Web Worm compared to Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu grasses.

Nara Zoysia is tolerant of a wide spectrum of suitable pesticides.

Finding a Nara Zoysia Turf Supplier

Turf Supplier Laying New LawnNara Native turf can be found in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Your local Nara Grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

Price-wise and for a low maintenance Zoysia, Nara costs between $11 and $16 per square metre.

To get more Nara Zoysia pricing info, visit our Nara Zoysia info page and get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

Nara Zoysia Facts & FAQ's


Maintenance: Nara zoysia has up to 60% less ongoing maintenance than Couch or Kikuyu.

Water efficiency: Nara Zoysia is an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant – an ideal choice for areas of low rainfall or council restrictions.

Wear tolerance: Nara Zoysia’s deep rooted system means it copes well under tough wearing conditions.

Shade tolerance: Nara Zoysia has 40% to 50% shade tolerance – higher than Couch and Kikuyu.

Weed resistance: Nara Zoysia’s dense sward means weed invasion is low.

Nara Zoysia FAQ’s

  • What does Nara turf look like? Nara turf has a fine-medium leaf texture with a long smooth blade and is an eye-catching deep green colour and soft to touch underfoot.
  • Does Nara Zoysia grass grow in shade? Nara Zoysia is 50% shade tolerant in high wear areas and 40% in low wear areas.
  • How fast does Nara Zoysia grow? Nara Zoysia is fast establishing but once evolved requires less mowing and edging than other grasses.
  • How to care for Nara Zoysia turf? Nara Zoysia is very easy to maintain and requires minimal water and fertiliser once established.
  • As Nara turf is a native lawn is it suitable for the backyard? Nara Native Zoysia prides itself of being a hard, soft to touch lawn that looks as lush as any other good turf variety.

Recommended Products

Bow and Arrow 500mL

Bow and Arrow 500mL is one of the most effective broadleaf liquid herbicides on the market. Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses however transient discolouration may occur on Kikuyu, Carpet and Queensland Blue Couch lawns. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.



myhomeTURF recommends OxaFert, which is a combination product containing both fertiliser and pre-emergent herbicide. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


LawnPride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg

Lawn Pride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg is one of the most popular granular all-round lawn fertilisers on the market with the active ingredients of Nitrogen (N – 26), Phosphorus (P – 2), Potassium(K – 9) and Iron (Fe – 3.4). Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


Acelepryn GR 10kg

Acelepryn GR 10kg Bag provides unmatched granular seasonal control against seasonal Long Grub and Caterpillar control in one single application. Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


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