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Growing grass in Canberra

By 2 June 2014 3

Fellow Rioters.

My lawn is now more weeds than grass and with Spring approaching I thought I would kick off proceedings in replacing it. I was hoping to get thoughts and opinions on the following queries:

(i) Best ever green non-invasive grass variety to grow in Canberra? Have heard good things about Zoysia though not sure if it will grow very well this far south of Sydney.

(ii) As anyone had luck re-planting an entire lawn from seed?

Thanks in advance.

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3 Responses to Growing grass in Canberra
#1
Canfan7:23 pm, 02 Jun 14

Hi joojifruit – a couple of suggestion have come in via our facebook page.

Cary Johnson – Sir Walter Buffalo is exceptionally hardy here. It requires very little watering whilst maintaining deep green colour and foliage. Its only draw back is that it yellows off in winter, but who is rolling in their grass in winter anyway.

Andrew Brown – Canberra blend from can turf.

#2
Pitchka10:22 am, 03 Jun 14

It will need daily watering during the hot summers, if you want it to maintain its deep green color and foliage.

#3
Maya12311:02 am, 03 Jun 14

I replaced my lawn with wood chips. I am greening that up by landscaping with low native ground covers and other small native plants, plus fruit trees (not generally in the same areas). So pleased I did. No lawn to guzzle the water or mow, and much more interesting, and when the plants grow and spread they will be better looking than bland expanses of lawn.
Lawn needs a lot of water to stay green, and in droughts enough water might not always be available. Lawns also need to be fertilised regularly. Plus mown and weeded. I once had an immaculate front lawn, but it didn’t stay that way by itself. It took work and time. I don’t miss that lawn and the effort it took to maintain.

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