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The ideal lawn would be one that stays green all year 'round, needs no watering or weeding and never needs mowing. While a no-maintenance natural turf like this does not exist, some lawns are more low-maintenance than others. These are some of the experts' picks.

Zoysia Grass

You may not have heard of Zoysia Grass or may have heard of it by another name. It used to be called by other names, but they didn't ring a bell with the Australian public. Unfortunately, one of the easiest grasses to grow and maintain in Australia was overlooked simply because of this. These are some of the reasons why lawn and turf experts recommend Zoysia Grass:

It requires infrequent mowing Zoysia is highly drought tolerant It doesn't require much fertilizer Zoysia Grass doesn't require any maintenance in winter It tolerates salt in coastal areas

Zoysia Grass can still be called by other names, so ask for "Zoysia" and suppliers will know what you want and be able to help you with your selection.

Queensland Blue Couch

Queensland Blue Couch is a popular grass and for good reason:

It grows well in hot and humid conditions Blue Couch is non-invasive: it doesn't tend to spread outside of its boundaries It remains lush and green for most of the year You don't have to mow Blue Couch frequently Compared to many other grasses, Queensland Blue Couch is relatively low-maintenance

The downside to Queensland Blue Couch is that it does not tolerate chemical weed killers. You will have to do your weeding by hand for best results.

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass is another perennial favorite, but choosing the right type can be tricky. Several varieties are available, many with forgettable names like ST-26 or ST-85 Soft Leaf Buffalo. Different varieties will grow better under different conditions. As a general rule:

Buffalo Grass is a good choice for partially shaded areas Buffalo Grasses tend to be slow growing, so require infrequent mowing Some varieties grow well in both full sun and nearly full shade. For example, ST-85 Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass can grow in full sun and 80 percent shade, so might be an ideal choice for a lawn surrounding a shade tree

As is true of Buffalo Grass, new varieties of all types of turf are continually being developed. The lawn that is perfect for your needs may not be the same lawn your next door neighbor has. To find the best low-maintenance grass for your environment, get quotes from local turf suppliers. Give them details about the lawn you want to install and ask them for details about the grasses they recommend. And don't overlook synthetic turf , either. It is the lowest-maintenance type of grass available and can look just like the real thing.

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