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What are the best types of lawns to maintain in New Zealand?

There are so many types of grass varieties that it might feel like you need an Agronomy degree to choose the right one for your property. The easiest type of lawn to maintain on your property will depend on various factors such as climate, soil conditions, and the intended use of the lawn. We highly recommend you consult with a Landscaper before making a final choice, but the following short descriptions will help you be better informed when engaging with a professional.

Perennial Ryegrass – Lolium Perenne

This grass variety is commonly used in New Zealand due to its ability to withstand the country’s diverse climate conditions. Perennial ryegrass is quick to establish, has good wear tolerance, and provides a lush, green appearance. It has low shade tolerance and requires regular irrigation.

This type of grass is ideal for high-traffic areas and can tolerate regular mowing, which explains its popularity on sports grounds and parks.

Kentucky Bluegrass – Poa Pratensis

Kentucky bluegrass is another popular choice for lawns in New Zealand. It has a fine texture, forms a dense turf, and provides excellent visual appeal. Kentucky bluegrass performs well in cooler regions with adequate moisture and requires regular watering.

Fescue Grass – Festuca Spp.

Fescue grass varieties, such as Chewings fescue (Festuca rubra var. commutata) and creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra), are suitable for regions with moderate temperatures and good rainfall. Fescue grasses have good shade tolerance and can maintain a green colour throughout the year.

Couch Grass – Cynodon Dactylon

Couch grass, also known as Bermuda grass or wiregrass, is well-suited to warmer regions of New Zealand. It has good wear tolerance and recovers quickly from damage. As temperatures get colder, couch grass tends to lose its colour, so if you are in a colder area, look for a winter-active couch grass type. Couch grass requires regular mowing and can form a dense, hard-wearing lawn.

Tall Fescue – Festuca Arundinacea

Tall fescue is a hardy grass variety that adapts well to a wide range of soil types. It has good heat and drought tolerance, making it suitable for drier regions in New Zealand, like Auckland. Tall fescue maintains its green colour and lush carpet appearance during summer and requires less frequent mowing compared to some other grass types.

When choosing a lawn grass type, it’s important to consider factors such as your region’s climate, soil type, sunlight exposure, and the intended use of the lawn. Consulting with local garden centers, landscapers, or turf specialists can provide you with specific recommendations tailored to your location and requirements.

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