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Col's Construction Blog

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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What Type of Grass Do You Need for Your New Landscaping Project?

Ethan Burton

Nobody seems to know the true origin of the ubiquitous front lawn. Whoever first originated the concept, it has certainly taken on over the generations and is something that you fully expect to see in front of any suburban house in the developed, western world. You may have just finished work on a new home and the outside of the property is still undeveloped, and in this case, you need to decide where to put your lawn. You want to know how to seed it effectively so that it thrives in the harsh Australian climate, but what type of grass will you need in this situation?

Coastal Locations

Thankfully, there are a variety of different types of grass for all predominant weather conditions. If you are like many Australians and live near to the ocean, then you will want a species that is tolerant to salt air and can deal with windy conditions throughout the year. Next, you need to determine whether the grass will be shaded by surrounding trees or a building, or open to the sun during the heat of the day. In the latter case you may have to choose a native turf like Zoysia, but if it is shaded, then Sapphire Buffalo or Palmetto will be perfect.


A garden that is further inland may not need to worry too much about salt in the air, but you will also have to figure out how much traffic it will be subjected to. If you have a small family then you need a turf that can deal with this abuse and many homeowners in this situation will choose Matilda Buffalo for shaded locations or Kikuyu turf as an alternative.

Do You Have Green Fingers?

If you like to look at your new garden but are not particularly keen on maintenance, then you need to choose an option that will not require you to spend all of your spare time mowing and edging. In this case, Palmetto Buffalo and Zoysia are once again favoured solutions.

Not Quite Ready?

You may still be confused and don't know which direction to take as you think that your lawn meets many of the aforementioned criteria. In this case, it's a good idea to talk with your landscape supplier first. They will probably have experience and have dealt with a customer in your general area, so will be able to advise you accordingly.