Being a first home buyer, there is so much to think about when it comes to picking a house plan and finding land in an area you want. Once your gorgeous new home is finished, attention usually jumps to interior decorating and buying furniture. Often the outdoor area is overlooked, and that is totally understandable, but when it does come time to landscape your yard it is best to have an idea of what you want when it comes to lawn. But how do you know you are selecting the right grass for your property? Choosing the wrong type could ultimately mean a lot of inconvenience and cost to you.
With the move towards saving precious water, and also finding solutions for great looking yards that are lower maintenance, many people have turned to artificial grass. However if you still like the idea of real lush green grass, there are ways to ensure your lawn will always look great.
Most importantly, you need to choose the right grass for what you require and where you live.
What To Consider When Selecting The Right Grass For Your Home?
- How much sunlight will the lawn get?
- How do you want the lawn to feel?
- Who will be using the lawn?
- What is the main use or purpose of the lawn?
- Do you want low maintenance or are you happy to do some work?
There are so many types of grasses, and each variety has different benefits. To help you make an informed decision, some of the most commonly used grasses are listed below, as well as a bit about each of them.
Soft Leaf Buffalo
- Favourite lawn for Aussie families.
- Very hardy and reliable.
- Unlike the older variety of Buffalo, the new type is not itchy and harsh.
- Maintains excellent colour through colder months.
- Resistant to pests and diseases.
- It self repairs very quickly, making it great for families with pets.
- Requires fewer chemicals to keep it looking great.
- Low maintenance
- Often used on sporting fields due to it’s excellent self repairing abilities and also the fact it needs very little water.
- Has good colour over winter.
- Some varieties are shade tolerant.
- As it is low maintenance, it is perfect for larger lawns and those who prefer not to spend their weekends in the garden.
- Great for next to swimming pools, and in coastal or dry areas.
- Known for it’s ability to withstand heat, cold and drought.
- Copes exceptionally well with high foot traffic.
- Perfect for bigger lawns and those on a tighter budget.
- Tough and vigorous.
- Often used on horse racing tracks and golf courses.
- Has attractive bright green colour.
- Reliable and very hardy.
- Is often the cheapest choice.
- Does not like shade.
- The best choice for cooler climates.
- Is a self repairing grass.
- Fescue is traditionally a coarse and long growing grass, but there is a newer variety that is very soft.
- Is high maintenance and requires work to keep it looking good, including regular mowing.
Whatever lawn you do choose, remember to check out what your local council’s rules are regarding watering days in your area. For more tips for selecting the right grass for your property, or for any of your first home buyer needs, get in touch with our friendly team, today!