Installation of natural grass in Perth

Properly cared for, and with the right irrigation system in place, natural grass will provide the best-looking result in a garden design- even in hot and sandy Perth.

Some of the most common Perth varieties (warm season grasses) we install are:

  • Palmetto and Sir Walter Buffalo (Stenotaphrum secondatum)
  • ‘Wintergreen’ Couch Cultivar (Cynodon species)
  • Zoysia ‘Empire’ (Zoysia species)
  • Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)

We are experienced with the installation and maintenance of natural lawns, and are able to assess your location, lifestyle and soil type to choose the right natural grass for your landscape. Find below the main benefits and inconvenients for the main lawn varieties

Palmetto and Sir Walter Buffalo

Palmetto turf being laid in Applecross, suburb of Perth Western Australia
Palmetto being laid in Perth

Advantages of Buffalo lawn

  • Beautiful emerald colour
  • Tolerant of light and shade
  • Good winter colour retention
  • No rhizomes or underground roots to invade garden beds

Disadvantages of Buffalo lawn

  • Higher water use
  • Care needs to be taken with broadleaf herbicides.
  • More expensive to install
  • Does not recover from damage as well and as quick as others

Suitable use for Buffalo:

  • Small to medium suburban gardens with a good budget for watering.
  • Areas with light to medium shade
  • Familie

‘Wintergreen’ Couch cultivar

New Couch grass being watered on the verge of a City Beach property
Couch freshly laid in City Beach

Advantages of Couch lawn

  • Tolerates winter cold better then common Couch
  • Soft fine leaf

Disadvantages of Couch

  • Poor colour in Winter if not maintained
  • Invasive rhizomes
  • Tolerates broadleaf herbicides

Suitable use for Couch:

  • Very good for suburban homes on a budget and low water use

Zoysia ‘Empire’

Landscaped garden with a newly laid Zoysia Empire turf in Willagee a Suburb of Perth Western Australia
Newly laid Empire Zoysia lawn

Advantages of Zoysia

  • Soft foliage
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low mowing requirement

Disadvantages of Zoysia

  • Slower to establish and recover from damage
  • More expensive than Couch and Kikuyu

Suitable use for Zoysia lawn:

  • Small to medium gardens.
  • Areas with light shade
  • Families needing soft grass for children.


A backyard with a freshly laid Kikuyu lawn in Leederville a suburb of Perth WA
Newly laid Kikuyu

Advantages of Kikuyu

  • Very cheap
  • Very drought resistant
  • Very fast growing
  • Recovers from damage quickly, especially for sport
    soft foliage

Disadvantages of Kikuyu

  • Too much mowing in small to medium gardens. Weekly in Summer!
  • Very invasive rhizomes in small to medium gardens. Slower to establish and recover from damage

Suitable use for Kikuyu lawn:

  • Large areas, especially for local councils, sporting bodies, government departments and farm gardens.
  • Very good for sports ovals.

Looking to add natural lawn to your property? 

For your next natural lawn install, contact us here, or see how else our professional landscapers can help.

For more information, read our blog on choosing lawn for your landscaping project.

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