Planting or growing the right type of lawn for your yard will depend on many factors. You need to ask how much wear and tear it’s going to get, the level of maintenance you’re prepared to put in as well as fertilising and watering.
Perhaps one of the most important questions is the climate in which you live.
Warm and humid in the peak of summer and typically damp and wet in winter, Auckland, is considered the warmest main centre of New Zealand and the most amount of sun.
Typical daytime temperatures in Auckland reach 23.7 °C in February and 14.5°C in July.
Here are three popular lawn types, how they grow, what they need to thrive and what you should expect regarding maintenance, wear and tear, and all round good looks.
Chewing Fescue Is a low maintenance grass with good ground cover.
Chewing Fescue is among the fine fescue family of lawn grasses. Of all common grass varieties for the lawn, they are the most shade tolerant and have the finest leaves.
They require little fertilisation and moisture and do well in cool seasons.
Fescue is popular in New Zealand, North America and Canada because it stays green all year round and requires little maintenance.
Chewing Fescue also does well where the soil is of poor quality. It’s easy to feed, and most of its nutrients can be provided by mulching.
Chewing Fescue enjoys a pH range of 5.0 to 6.5.
A mulching mower cuts the clippings finer than a non-mulching mower and falls back into the fescue, allowing it to be absorbed back into the soil.
Is a rugged and hardy grass, and can take extremes in weather as well.
Is Lush and green in summer and is it expensive making a popular choice for many people. It’s a fast growing and easy to plant lawn that can handle wear and tear.
Consequently, it’s coming to see cocaine used in Sports Grounds, schools and parks. It is considered an aggressive grass with a course bright green leaf texture.
It can tolerate some shade and has a pH ideal of 6.5.
As with all grasses, Kikuyu also has some downsides which you need to take into account if you’re going to grow in your yard. Because of its fast-growing nature, you’re going to need to mow your lawn more often.
You can control the growth rate to a degree by withholding water and fertiliser, but you would typically sacrifice the colour as well.
Kikuyu does not do so well under large native trees were there is too much shade.You’re also going to want to avoid laying Kikuyu grass near garden beds due to the dynamic nature of its growth and runners.
Kikuyu can become difficult to control if you do not maintain it well.
Fine Amenity Ryegrass
Fine Amenity Ryegrass is the best ‘play lawn’ grass but will need more attention than the others mentioned.
A member of the perennial ryegrass family, Amenity Ryegrass, Has a deep root system which makes it more tolerant to drought.
Ryegrass is both perennial and annual. They are typically suited for cool seasons and cool areas of the country. Annual Ryegrass is not considered a permanent grass and requires over seeding.
Rye grass is rarely used on its own but as part of a seed mixture popular for it fast germination and it’s ability to withstand wear and tear.
Amenity Ryegrass is easy to establish and germinates quickly. However, it is prone to several diseases if it is not maintained well. Amenity Ryegrass Enjoys being cut with a rotary mower though it tends to look a little ragged afterward.
Amenity Ryegrass Requires good amount of nitrogen to look its best. The Soil pH for optimum ryegrass production is between 6.0 and 7.0 and needs to be well drained.
If you’re prepared to put the extra effort in upkeep, the kids will love you for it!