We like this one article only because we're suckers for a good grass story plus Marg resonates with not only us at Oasis Lawns but probably plenty of frustrated gardeners with her advice i.e. just get out there and weed. Story of our lives most weekends.
The good news is that the majority of Australians live in climates where all the better types of lawns grow. The bad news is there are a few varieties that will only grow well in specific climates.
However, since the introduction of improved varieties of soft leaf buffalo such as Sir Walter, the grasses that only do well in certain climates have all but disappeared from the bulk of the market.
When it comes to grass climates, Queensland can be divided into three main areas:
This area covers the majority of the state. The leading lawn varieties grow successfully in these warm grass climates.
Warm grass climates are said to be in a climatic zone that can reach 35C degrees and beyond in summer and down to about -2C degrees in winter. Typically these are areas that may receive frost in winter, but not regular snow falls (more than once every five years).
These are usually the top end of the state where the weather falls into the wet and dry season cycle. These areas usually have warm temperatures all year round and, for the purposes of lawn advice, have just the two main tropical seasons – wet and dry. In these areas it’s virtually impossible for cool season grass varieties to grow.
These areas as typically located on the coast and have distinct characteristics that include: