Instant turf price will vary based on which variety will best suit your needs, how much you need to cover your area, and which region you need it delivered to. Call our team today for a free quote and to discuss your environmental needs so we can find your perfect match to ensure you will have a lawn for life or simply buy turf online from our collection!
It depends what you want to use it for. Take our turf quiz to help decide. Mostly your choices will be determined by whether it’s for residential or commercial use, whether you have kids, dogs and/or kerbing and whether the lawn will reside in shade or sun.
Just like trees lose leaves during cooler months of the year, it is common for turf varieties best suited to handle the wear and tear of a home lawn environment, could experience varying degrees of discolouration. This is a natural part of the life cycle of a warm-season turf grass variety in Victoria. So if your lawn is looking a little bit browned off during July and August…don’t stress – this is very normal! There are some evergreen, cool season grass varieties, like a Tall Fescue or a Ryegrass which grow all year round (usually best suited for and grown in Tasmania), however these types of lawns are kind of like a high-maintenance girlfriend! They require more than double the amount of water than a warm-season turfgrass variety generally does, they will not self-repair if damaged to the same degree as a warm-season turfgrass, and they will require mowing all year round. To keep a cool-season home lawn looking great all year round, you will also need to fertilise it every 8-10 weeks using lawn fertiliser, as opposed to a warm season lawn, which only requires fertilising twice a year – autumn and spring.
Our Coolabah promise is to ensure every customer has the best-looking lawn in the street without being a slave to it!
Our goal is always to provide lawns which require less water, less maintenance, and less fertiliser. If you are worried about coming home to a dormant looking lawn during drab winter months, talk to our team about our exclusive range of turf colourants for easy use on home lawns – they are kind of like an organic Botox for your backyard – instant green without the other high maintenance requirements of a cool season lawn. A low maintenance Coolabah lawn means more choices for how you choose to spend your time.
We choose to supply all turf varieties in our Coolabah range in a smaller, easier-to-handle slab cut form for a number of reasons. Firstly, this process is actually less stressful to the plant during the harvest process. Your new lawn will establish faster, it will require almost half the amount of water to help it establish, and it’s easier and faster to install.
Turf slabs are more effective at blocking out unwanted weeds and are super effective at locking in subsoil moisture to help prevent edges turning brown during the transplanting process. Turf slabs also save you time and money. Because they enable us to harvest our turf with a thicker root system and a more even, consistent layer of soil on the roots, turf slabs negate the need to top-dress your new lawn. It also gives us the ability to supply our most proven, drought-tolerant turf varieties all year round, enabling us to guarantee turf quality and sod strength regardless of season.
No – not usually! Check with our team when you call to place your order.
We deliver to all regions 6 days a week. But be sure to book early for a Saturday morning – they generally book out quickly! The sooner you lock in your order, the more likely we are able to honour your preferred delivery day. We will give you a courtesy call the day prior to your requested delivery day to advise your allocated ETA. Delivery time slots will be determined by what is the most efficient route to ensure all customers receive their new lawn as early as possible.
What’s the difference between Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo and Palmetto soft leafed buffalo varieties?
Both brands are a variety of soft-leafed buffalo. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is an Australian-born and bred turf – and the Palmetto is an imported variety from the United States. Both varieties are protected under the Plants Breeders Rights ACT, which means all growers pay a royalty per m2. The royalties for Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo remain in Australia – while all royalties picked up on Palmetto are sent straight back to the states.
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is more versatile in terms of maintenance and management, specifically Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo can withstand a broader range of chemical (herbicide/pesticide), than most other Buffalo lawns can handle.
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo will perform better in shade and will recover better from wear. In our transitional climate this far south – the Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo will also recover from winter dormancy faster if managed correctly.
The only other difference to mention is based on many trials, Palmetto is more susceptible to fungal problems in regions with humid weather.
Major turf companies in Melbourne who have previously grown Palmetto have now sprayed out Palmetto and replaced their stocks with Sir Walter.
It IS more expensive upfront – but actually, in the long run it is less expensive to maintain – in time and money. Due to its unique growth habit, (only grows across the surface of the soil) you will not need to use chemicals to keep it out of garden beds, stone/bark mulch areas, cracks in concrete or pavers.
As the premier product in our stable, all orders of Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo also receive a complimentary bucket of Sir Launcher (fertiliser/water crystal) and Seasol.
Due to the slow growth rates of Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo in northern Victoria (shorter growing season – Sept – April) – we are unable to harvest it as often as we are other varieties. Even though it requires the same input costs of other varieties (eg lawn fertiliser, water etc) – it takes longer to rotate Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo paddocks. Eg – Eureka Kikuyu could sometimes get two cuts per year, where Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is only just one cut per year. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is also a protected variety under the Plants Breeders Rights ACT – it therefore incurs additional fees and charges that we (the grower) must pay in royalties back to the plant breeder.
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is a superior product – you get what you pay for. Best results with the minimum input.
No. all our instant turf varieties are supplied in a premium quality slab cut form (410mmx1220mm)
This is the most common call inquiry we have after/during winter. You first need to determine type of weed – view our range of webisodes on weed management for a step by step how to guide.
If you want to buy turf, the price usually depends on which variety will best suit your needs, what quantity you require and which region you will need it delivered to. With so many variables – it is best if you speak to one of our turf sales professionals to avoid any confusion.
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 DNA Certified Buffalo. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is the the King of turf in shade, in fact it is the benchmark for shade areas. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is the only drought tolerant turf variety we supply 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 DNA Certified Buffalo 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 – so you don’t have to use any chemicals to keep it out of garden beds – you just need to whipper snipper the edges to keep it looking kept.
- High traffic/public access area: Generally recommend a Eureka Premium VG 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 turf varieties 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). BUT – any lawn is only ever as good as it is managed!
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).
Fescue/Rye grass are the most common varieties of evergreen turfs – that is they will stay reasonably green all year round. However, just like the trees lose their leaves, even evergreen cool season turf still looks less than perfect during cooler months of the year. Up until 2008 – we did supply a fescue, however, due to its extremely high water requirements in harsh hot summers typically experienced in northern Victoria – we now choose not to grow cool season varieties that are not suitable for most of the year in our region. The latest scientific research results suggest that a fescue lawn needs approximately 66% more water to survive than a Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo lawn. Tall Fescue only has an upright growth habit – which means it doesn’t have the ability to self repair if it gets damaged – no long term protection on your landscape investment!
Yes – all orders receive complimentary starter fertiliser. All orders of Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo that are over 40m2 receive complimentary Buffalo Grass Fertiliser (Sir Launcher, our custom blend fertiliser/water crystals product, and an RTU Seasol) – all inclusive in your delivered price.
We choose to cut our instant turf in smaller, easier-to-handle slabs, rather than bulkier, back-breaking rolls for the following reasons:
- Improved, less stressful establishment for turf (fool proof)
- Faster establishment period
- Easier and faster to install – not as back breaking as turf rolls
- Improved levels of customer satisfaction when your delivery arrives on site greenside up – you will be amazed how this will enhance your customers landscape experience (no more dirty ball of roots on the pallet!)
- Duty of care for your employees – from an OH and S perspective slabs comply with maximum lift weights, weighing nearly half as much as a single roll of turf does
- No need to top dress after laying your turf
- Ability to supply drought tolerant turf all year round
We supply all our turf varieties in a premium quality slab-cut form. The dimensions of each slab are 1.2m2 long and 410m wide.
Actually we are supply only – but we can put you in contact with one of our recommended landscapers in your region.
Approximately 40m2/person/hour – we recommend putting on beers and a bbq and invite your mates around to help!
Our Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo grass fertiliser is a top quality, well balanced quality NPK product manufactured specifically for turfgrass.
Coolabah Turf provides delivery to all regions, 6 days a week. If you can give us as much notice as possible, it is more likely we can deliver on your requested day. Be sure to book early for a Saturday morning – they always book out early!
Our turf farm pickup time is between 3pm-4pm, Monday – Friday.
Saturday by prior arrangement.
YES!! People love to look and feel the real McCoy! Come and kick off your shows and try before you buy!
Visit our landscape display located at our Coolabah HQ – 256 McSwain Rd, Echuca 8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays and Saturdays 8:30am to 12 noon. We encourage people to call ahead to make an appointment so we are free to spend some time with you. Bring your kids and they can put our lawns to the cartwheel test – the best way to determine which turf type will be best for you!
We really welcome people to visit our farm to view products first hand because most of the time it’s just a matter of personal preference in terms of which grass will suit most people – despite the various characteristics of each variety.
The best lawn is in the best preparation! It is critical you give some thought to this process prior to ordering your new lawn to ensure the best long term return on your turf landscape investment. We recommend you use a high quality soil (sandy loam) that is moisture retentive to help minimize your lawn’s water requirements. The degree of drought tolerance of the lawn will also be improved with greater soil depths – we recommend a minimum soil depth of between 100 – 150mm.
Please check out our webisode on site preparation or visit our site preparation page of this website to view footage of the step by step guide or call our office today – 1800055515,
We no longer provide a sprig service. Please call and speak to one of our turf managers to alternative solutions to help achieve desired results within desired time frame.