Grass is one of the toughest species on Earth and can thrive in many harsh environments. However, this doesn't mean that you can choose any type of grass if you are creating a new lawn, as certain categories are designed for specific situations. Before you rush into the job and find that you have to dig it all up and do it again, what do you need to know about the various different species so that you end up with a back garden you can be proud of?

Assessing Your Situation

It goes without saying that every species of grass sold in Australia will be usable somewhere but not in every single location. You first need to determine what type of grass will grow best where you live and then figure out whether the lawn will be in full sun or if it will be partially or totally obscured by any obstruction. For example, if you live near the ocean, then one type of grass will work a lot more effectively than another.

How to Choose

Many people have mature trees on their property or find that the grass lawn will be overshadowed by an adjacent house. In this case, they can choose Sapphire Buffalo or Palmetto, which are ideal in heavily shaded areas. If next to the ocean, they're also tolerant to salt and will respond quite well in windy conditions.

If you don't have any trees and find that the lawn is quite a distance from the property itself, then you can choose a variant from the Zoysia range. Once again, this is quite tolerant to the salty air.

Next, figure out whether the lawn will be heavily trafficked. If you have young children, there's a good chance that they will be playing outside when the weather is acceptable, and you should choose a hardy turf that can put up with it. You can pick Kikuyu for this situation if the lawn is not shaded or Matilda Buffalo instead.

Some particular types of grass will need a lot more care than others. You need to determine whether you can deal with the additional time or whether you need to choose something that is low maintenance. In the latter case, Palmetto Buffalo is your best solution, but you could choose Zoysia, as well.

Narrowing It Down

As you can see, there are many factors to take into account. You should have a word with a turf supplier to see what they recommend before you go ahead.