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Our Top Lawn Types for Aussie Gardens

Our Top Lawn Types for Aussie Gardens

As experts in the lawn maintenance industry, we sure do have our preferences when it comes to finding the perfect lawn type that suits an outdoor space. When deciding on your lawn type, you aren’t only considering your garden’s conditions, but also who you are as a gardener and what capacity you have to tend to your lawn. 

It might be worth starting to observe your outdoor space and think about the levels of sunlight the area receives throughout the year and the type of soil you’ll be laying onto it. 

We thought we would refer to other experts in the field such as Market Development Manager of Turf Australia, Jenny Zadro, who prompts homeowners who are selecting a new lawn to ask themselves these five questions. 

1. How much foot traffic does your lawn get?

2. Do you have pets? 

3. Is the site shaded, or in full sun?

4. Do you live in an area with high rainfall or a drier climate?

5. What type of soil do you have?

Sound like a lot to consider? Don’t worry, we’ll walk through the most popular types of lawns used by fellow Aussies and break down the pros and cons of each. It’s a tough job but you’ll get into it!

Soft-leaf buffalo grass

Best for: families with children and/or pets

Soft leaf buffalo grass is known for its lush, soft, appearance, tolerating up to 70% shade. It is a warm-season grass that is also long-lasting and low-maintenance, making it quite an ideal all-purpose choice for Queenslander homes.


Provides a soft surface

High levels of disease resilience

Self-repairs rapidly – meaning less patches and dead-spots 

Thick and broad leaf creates resilience toward weed growth 


Requires a lot of water – Buffalo lawn is quite a thirsty grass type and will require deep watering. 

Prone to thatch – Soft-leaf buffalos can become quite thickly thatched, and as we know a build up of thatch can prevent air, water, and nutrients from reaching the roots.

Zoysia Grass

Best for: low-maintenance or busy homeowners

Zoysia grass is more dense and low-growing by nature; therefore, it suits foot traffic in heavy areas as it can withstand wear and tear better than other grass types. It’s ideal for coastal gardens, with dryer climates as it is a warm season grass that thrives under the sun!


Grows slowly

Survives on little rainfall

Hardy – resistant to damage, heavy backyard use 

Tolerant of shade


Not ideal for cold temperatures (does not tolerate frost at all)

Drought tolerant

Takes longer to regenerate 

Couch Grass

Best for: families with children and/or pets

Couch grass is adaptable to different terrains and climates making it well-suited to the Queensland climate. It’s also considered to be a very hard-wearing grass as it tolerates high traffic and quickly repairs when damaged. 


Fine blades and rich green colour makes it aesthetically pleasing

Sun-loving – thrives in full sun and maintains its colour

Dense coverage and quick repair capabilities 


Limited shade tolerance

Aggressive growth and runners – can unwanted areas, if not kept in check

Requires maintenance to retain it – regular mowing in warmer months and fertilising in colder months

Now you’ve got all the info you need to make an informed decision about what lawn will best suit your property and needs. So what are you waiting for? Get onto it!

Still got questions? Get in touch with one of our friendly staff members today by contacting us or dropping by your nearest Bushranger dealer.

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