Turf is an essential part of virtually every backyard, which is why it can be so frustrating when your grass keeps dying. There are a multitude of reasons for turf not taking root in your particular garden, and before you give up entirely and cement the whole area, you should run through some of these problems and see if they apply to you. If one, or more, of these conditions are true in your backyard, then you need to find turf that is specifically built to withstand these environmental challenges if you want nice, lush looking turf.


You might not realise this, but most grass variants need quite a lot of sunlight, which means if they are constantly in the shade of your house or large trees, then they will more than likely die. However, there are some grass species out there that do well in the shade, such as buffalo, and these can be a great option if you are stuck for choices. On the other hand, you could trim down some of the tall surrounding trees so that your grass has more time in the sunlight, but this can be quite a difficult process, and usually, just choosing a shade-resistant grass is easier.

Heavy Use

If your turf acts like a playground for your children, then their use of it can turn your backyard into a bit of a quagmire if you don't have the right species of grass. Couch grass is one of the best in the business at surviving a lot of running, diving, jumping and sliding over the top of it without breaking. You want to be looking for a grass type that has a thick root system, but be warned, these grasses often grow very quickly and require more maintenance. Luckily, that is something you may be able to add to your children's chores.


Weeds are the bane of every green thumb's existence, and fighting them can feel like a never-ending battle that you are always on the brink of losing. What you may not know is that you can turn the odds heavily in your favour if you choose a type of grass that is naturally averse to weeds. Zoysia is a prime example of turf that drastically reduces the number of weeds which grow in it due to the thick carpet it creates. If you are tired of seeing weeds sprout up every springtime, then maybe it is time for a replacement turf.