Depends what you want to use it for. You are best to take our turf quiz to help with this process. Mostly your choices will be determined by one or more of the following factors, be it a residential backyard, front yard feature lawn, for kids or dogs, or if there is any shade in your yard, or if there are any garden beds bordering the proposed turf area.
If yes to:
- Shade – you will need to consider the Sir Walter. Sir Walter is the only drought tolerant turf variety that will perform well in full sun and shade – all other varieties need full sun environments to thrive.
- If you do NOT have shade – then you have lots of options – any of our turf varieties will be suitable.
- Kids or dogs – all our varieties will be great for you – they all have a lateral growth habit which means they all have the ability to self repair if they are damaged from kids or dogs.
- Feature area/adjoining garden beds: Sir Walter is the only non invasive drought tolerant turf on the market. While it still has the benefit of its ability to self repair (lateral growth habit) its root system travels only across the surface of the soil – unlike a Eureka Kikuyu or a Couch.
- High traffic/public access area: Generally recommend a Eureka Kikuyu – it is the most aggressive growing – so will self repair quicker if it sustains damage from general wear and tear. Beware it will become more high maintenance if it is over managed!
If you are still deliberating – visit our varieties page to help you choose – or visit one of our regional landscape display centres and have a look/touch first hand.
In summary – "You will love all our turf varieties – they are all great – most of the time it comes down to what "look" you prefer (e.g broad leaf, finer more manicured looking lawn).
Similarities shared by all varieties:
We specialise exclusively in the supply of drought tolerant turfs only – which means they are all:
- drought tolerant
- have low water requirements
- low maintenance (compared to cool season grasses)
- tough as nails – they are super hardy to endure daily wear and tear – particularly for anyone with dogs or kids,
- they all have a lateral growth habit which means they have the ability to self repair – so if they do get damaged at all – you’re protecting your long term investment because they will grow back after a couple of mows. (NB. This is only in the growing season – usually between October – April – growth during winter months is usually slow).
Sir Walter is less invasive than the couch and the Eureka Kikuyu. Sir Walter only travels across the surface of the soil – where the couch and Eureka Kikuyu have roots that travel underneath and across which mean they require more maintenance usually with some sort of chemical to stop it from getting into garden beds, sandpits, pavers or cracks in concrete. Do you have any garden beds in your yard where you plan to lay the turf?
Greater shade tolerance
Sir Walter will grow in full sun or part shade.
Because Sir Walter can grow in shade – you will generally find that turfed areas that are protected by trees, the eaves of a building, or similar shade, will retain medium winter colour during its dormant period. Any area of turf that is totally exposed to the elements will discolour severely during unseasonal frosty winters. This appearance can be minimised with management, if you fertilise during April and again in May.
Sir Walter is a much broader leafed than couch and Eureka Kikuyu, which means it has a softer texture and tends to itch less than other varieties – so is better suited to families with kids who have allergies.