Choosing The Best Lawn Type For Your Lawn




Best in shade


All lawns in the higher shade categories will also thrive in lower shade categories.

Maximum Shade Level

Up to 15% shade Kikuyu or Couch, or Blue Couch
Up to 40% shade Zoysia. Nara native turf or Empire Zoysia are suitable for most of Australia including all Queensland. Some other niche Zoysia types work in Northern Queensland only.

Up to 60% shade Palmetto, Sir Walter, or Matilda Buffalo lawns.
Up to 70% shade Sapphire Buffalo
Up to 95% shade Isabella Lilly Turf between stepping stones, or Dwarf Mondo grass


Best Lawn For Lowest Maintenance

If you don’t have time to mow and edge, these are the slower growing, lowest maintenance varieties. Remember - a low maintenance lawn is also the most environmentally friendly lawn we can grow.


Zoysia Turf

Needs 70% less mowing than Kikuyu, 50% less mowing than Couch and 30% less mowing than Buffalo.

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo

By far the lowest maintenance popular Buffalo in Australia.

Best Lawn For Avoiding Pesticides and Herbicides

Empire Zoysia or Nara native turf, or other Zoysia turf. All Zoysia types such as these are more resistant to lawn grub, particularly Army Worm and Web Worm. They also have the ability to smother weeds when fully established due to the unique tightly knitted stolons (runners) of this grass type.


Best Lawn For High Traffic Areas



Lawns in Full Sun


Kenda Kikuyu, or other Male Sterile Kikuyu lawns. Kikuyu is more wear tolerant than Buffalo and Zoysia turf, but needs good sunny positions.

Lawns In Moderate Shade and Full Sun

Faster growing Zoysia types like Empire and Nara are excellent for warmer regions. Eg; Queensland and Northern NSW. In Sydney and Perth they are suitable, but only if fertilised well in spring and autumn with a slow release fertiliser. For colder regions like Melbourne, Zoysia is not suitable for high traffic areas.

Lawns In Shade and (Sun)


Sapphire Buffalo, Sir Walter Buffalo are good for most of Australia particularly for shade. For full sun Male Sterile Kikuyu forms are much harder wearing than Buffalo.


Best Lawn For Near Saltwater


If you live near the ocean or have a salt water pool, these are the best varieties

Full Sun to Moderate Shade

Nara Zoysia native turf. Nara, according to the Department of Primary Industries is far more salt tolerant than other Zoysias, Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo types.

Heavier Shade Levels

Sapphire Buffalo, Sir Walter, Palmetto Buffalo, and Matilda are the best choice for shade and salt, but for sunny areas, Nara is far more salt tolerant. As long as the salt water is no higher than the average for pool salt water, or for coastal windy places these Buffalos are suitable.







Turf Overview



Sir Walter Buffalo Lawn Turf has stood the test of time. Whether in full sun or shade, in extreme heat, frost or drought, it has been proven to go anywhere and grow everywhere. Naturalised here in Australia, Sir Walter Buffalo Turf was bred to be tough yet soft and good looking to boot! Since 1997, there has been over 50 million metres of Sir Walter Buffalo Turf sold Australia wide – which makes it one of the most favoured lawn turf in the country.


When you purchase Sir Walter Buffalo Turf, you’re not just buying a new lawn, you’re buying a whole new way of life. Gone will be the days of playing that game of backyard footy and ending up with a knee full of bindii, or diving for that superb catch only to finish with a mouthful of dirt. Sir Walter Buffalo Turf is lush and green, with a tight growth habit to hold out most weeds. It has the ability to repair itself quickly if damaged, lessening the incidence of bare patches. If you’re looking for a high performing lawn turf, Sir Walter Buffalo Turf is ideal for you.

With every Sir Walter purchase, no matter how big or small, you will be issued with a Lawn Solutions Australia Certificate of Authenticity. This certificate is your guarantee that you are receiving genuine Sir Walter.

Turf Features

  •  Known as Australia's best-liked Buffalo Lawn

  •  Requires minimal mowing and fertilising

  •  Australian-bred grass

  •  Soft to touch

  •  Lush green

  •  Low allergenic

  •  Can adapt to drought conditions

  •  Disease and fungus resistant

  •  Recommended for children

  •  Self repairing

  •  Good salt tolerance

  •  Low allergy

  •  Environmentally friendly


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