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Three Factors You Need To Consider Before You Choose Your Lawn

by Donald Woods

There are many different types of lawn available on the market. There are lawns which are advertised as needing no maintenance all the way up to very needy but still beautiful versions that virtually require you to hire a gardener to look after. Of course, the extremes of these options often rule most people out, so it can be confusing as to which of the types of lawn you need in your home or business. If you are struggling to narrow down your choices, here are three factors you need to evaluate before you go lawn shopping again. 


How much shade is there over the garden that you are going to put your lawn in? Shade can be disastrous to some types of lawn while others, like buffalo, thrive in it. You also need to consider just how long the garden is in shade for every day not just how much shade is present when you look at it right now. If you have tall, overhanging trees or very large bushes that line all of your gardens, you probably will need a shade friendly turf. Fescue is another type of lawn that can grow in places with almost no direct sunlight at all. 


Many parts of Australia (particularly those outside the cities or on their fringes) have trouble justifying the excessive use of water on their lawn. Drought is a constant threat in Australia, and many rural areas are constantly under water restrictions. Luckily, there are still many types of lawn available that could make a cactus blush with their water intake. Kikuyu is a great type of lawn for hot and dry areas as is zoysia. Make sure to get a good look at them in person before buying your favourite, often pictures do not do them justice.


Unless you have kids or pets, having a garden is likely more for aesthetic purposes rather than space for them to play in and around. Still, it is important to consider just how much wear and tear your types of lawn will be getting before you nail down a final choice. If you expect to get a lot of use, then Bermuda is always a fine option. Bermuda grass has a great system of roots which allows it to withstand even the most active of families, but be wary that it doesn't completely overtake your garden. It is known to be a bit of rapid grower and can choke out flowers and other small plants if it is not monitored.