According to Domain; low maintenance home ownership is becoming more and more popular. Australian homeowners would rather socialize and relax during their time away from work than maintain their gardens and homes. As a result of this new trend, turf breeders have been developing lawn grasses that require less maintenance.
“Low-mow” lawn types are a good option for Aussie homeowners, they are a traditional ground covering that is still good for kids and pets, but without the hassle of mowing every other week. Australian’s often struggle with their lawns dying off over the summer period, the hot sun and increased traffic during the warmer seasons causes harm to the lawn that is hard to recover from. A solution to this problem is installing a low-mow grass. Low-Mow Grasses often times are lower maintenance than traditional lawn grasses, requiring less mowing, watering and fertilisng.
One type of low-mow grass that has been specially bred over the years is Zoysia grass. These grasses can grow at half the speed of couches and kikuyus.
A common example of this lawn type is Sir Grange. This grass is great for homeowners who love to use their lawn as it can tolerate high wear once established. It has a very slow growth pattern, this is because most of the nutrients it receives will be put into its extensive root system, leaving around 20% of nutrients to stay looking good. The lower amount of energy being put into leaf growth results in slower growth, and less mowing.
Sir Grange will grow until it reaches around 15 to 20cm, then practically stops growing. So, if you prefer a shaggy look you could be mowing your lawn once or twice a season, if at all.
Sir Grange is good for tropical and coastal climates but can be seen commonly across all regions of Australia. Renowned for its ability to withstand heat, cold, droughts and high levels of foot traffic, Zoysia grass types are suitable for those tougher, weather conditions. This also makes them great for areas that are difficult to maintain, for example between garden pavers or on sloped terrain.
Zoysia Lawns are fantastic if you want a great looking lawn without the hassle of mowing. But they will still require lawn care such as weeding, watering and fertilising. To maintain your low maintenance lawn lifestyle, these jobs can be outsourced to Coochie HydroGreen. Our Lawn Care Program includes bimonthly visits where wetting agents, fertilisers, and weed and pest treatments will be applied to keep your lawn looking lush and green. All that will be left for you to do is water your lawn regularly.