When it comes to choosing the right lawn variety for your Apple Isle yard, you need some more specific advice than mainlanders. Tasmania’s climate has its own set of challenges that aren’t relevant to the northern states. Drought is rarely an issue for lawns like it is in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, and heat isn’t an issue like it is for Queensland and Northern Territory. The best lawn varieties for Tasmania are ones that can withstand the long, harsh winters that pose the biggest challenge for Tasmanian lawn growers.
Whilst buffalo and kikuyu – the perennial favourites for Aussie lawns – might be the go-to for mainland Australia, there are far better lawn choices for Tasmanians. For specific lawn advice for Tasmanian turf, look no further. Here are the varieties which are guaranteed to give you a gorgeous green lawn.
Fescue grass varieties will rarely do you wrong in Tasmania. Extended periods of cold weather, lower ground temperatures, and reduced sunlight don’t pose a threat to these grasses like they do for other varieties.
Creeping Red Fescue
Don’t be misled by the name – Creeping Red Fescue is actually a lovely medium green colour. Used mostly as a ground cover rather than a close-clipped, manicured-lawn style of grass, Red Fescue is great for covering large areas of parks, playgrounds, or backyards with a soft, lush grass. Red Fescue tolerates full sun well, lending it nicely to areas of Tassie which experience warmer and brighter summers.
Turf Type Tall Fescue
This Fescue is brilliant for home or pasture use, and is better for cropping into a turf than the Red Fescue. The best part about Turf Type Tall Fescue? It’s dirt cheap. You can cover large areas for a small cost with this variety. Its other advantage over Red Fescue is that it doesn’t creep. Lacking runners, Turf Type Tall Fescue is great if you want your lawn to stay only in the area you plant it. The frost resistance and drought resistance of this grass makes it perfect for areas of the state which are cold yet dry.
RTF Tall Fescue
The cream of the crop of Fescues, RTF Tall Fescue is a variety engineered to withstand the toughest of conditions. Think that the harsh climate of your Tassie property is too tough for any lawn to endure? Think again. RTF has runners which make this grass self-repairing. It is frost and drought resistant like no other, and withstands heavy traffic better than most lawn varieties on the market.
Blends of one or more grass varieties are always a great option to maximise success in difficult climates. Fescues blended with ryegrasses or bluegrasses are prime candidates for Tasmanian lawns.
McKays Parks Blend mixes Turf Type Tall Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass. A great choice for recreational areas as well as residential yards, the combination of seeds not only looks great but ensures full coverage year round. Both of these lawn types are suitable for colder climates and can withstand heavy traffic.
This Ryegrass Blend mixes Annual Ryegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Creeping Red Fescue. The joy of this blend is not just in its love of cold climates, but in its quick germination and miniscule cost. If you’re looking to get a lawn happening in your yard quick-smart, look no further than this blend. The ryegrasses with the Creeping Red Fescue will give a beautifully soft lawn in no time at all.
Elite Backyard Blend
This mix of Sports Turf Ryegrass, Turf Type Tall Fescue, and Creeping Red Fescue provides a lush, green lawn year round. Perfect for areas of Tassie which experience summers similar to the mainland, the Ryegrass in this blend ensures that the lawn is vibrant and thriving in the warmer months, whereas the Fescues take over in winter.
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