Turf Varieties

Turf Varieties

Choose the type of turf that’s right for you

Choose the type of turf that’s right for you from our premium organic turf varieties, including: Couch, Empire Zoysia, Kikuyu, Palmetto, Sapphire and more.

Sapphire Soft Leaf™ Buffalo

Sapphire Soft Leaf™ Buffalo turf is the most shade tolerant Buffalo grass in Australia. It’s fast-growing and recovers quickly from wear, has excellent winter colour, and has a deep root system. Its bold green colour will make your lawn the envy of the street. Sapphire™ produces half the amount of seed heads than other turf varieties (meaning less chance of skin irritation for you, your children and your pets), and produces half the amount of grass clippings of the Sir Walter Buffalo variety. Other types of Buffalo as highly performing as Sapphire™ have a coarser texture but Sapphire™ has a super fine texture.

Taking care of your turf:

Sapphire™ has very good tolerance to weed sprays which contain the active ingredients of either Bromoxynil or MCPA, and are equal in weed spray comparisons.

And if you’re not sure which Buffalo variety is right for you, or you’d like to know more, please contact us.

Palmetto St Augustine® Buffalo

Palmetto St Augustine® Buffalo (Stenotaphrum secundatum) is a soft yet hardy grass which is high in quality but is the lowest maintenance of the Buffalo varieties. Once established, Palmetto turf requires less watering and less mowing than any other turf! Palmetto provides a great winter colour and can outgrow weeds.

Palmetto is also the most environmentally friendly Buffalo grass, because it requires less watering, less mowing, less edging and less thatch control. For this reason, and due to a lower growth rate and seeding level, Palmetto is the best soft leaf Buffalo grass for people who want a low maintenance lawn.

Taking care of your turf:

We recommend using a slow-release fertiliser once in April and then fertilise once again in September with a lawn food, to give your lawn a post-Winter boost. And speaking of Winter, only the tips of Palmetto leaf can get frost-burnt and a light mow will remove most of the burn making your lawn instantly greener.

To improve the health of your Palmetto Buffalo, or Buffalo varieties generally, lightly top-dress the lawn every 2-3 years in October with a quality topsoil or a sandy loam mix.

Palmetto Turf Care Guide


Kikuyu (pronounced kai-kew-you) or Pennisetum clandestinumis is one of our most popular turf varieties. This is because Kikuyu grows quickly, repairs quickly, has a great green colour year-round, and is inexpensive. Kikuyu requires at least 5 hours of direct sunlight to grow, which is often not a problem in our Australian climate. Kikuyu is our fastest growing turf variety and makes for a beautiful lawn.

Taking care of your turf:

Because Kikuyu grows so quickly, it will require more mowing than other turf varieties. We recommended mowing once a week in summer. If Kikuyu is left too long between mows and then cut back, it won’t look as good until it grows leaf again. You’ll also want to mow once a week because Kikuyu can invade your flower beds and edges.

Winter Green Couch

Couch (pronounced kooch) grass, or Elymus repens, is a perennial species of grass which is hardy and can tolerate dry spells. Couch requires a minimum of 4 hours direct sunlight to grow and is great for erosion control. Couch has creeping rhizomes, which means it’s a fast-spreading variety. Couch has a fine leaf, soft texture and is deep green in colour, so it makes for an eye-catching lawn.

Taking care of your turf

Couch requires a higher level of care than some other types of turf. It will need extra care when fertilising and regular mowing to control seed head. For best results use a cylindrical mower. And here’s a hot tip: watch out, couch can try to take over your garden beds and edging!

To get a great lawn growing, that’s good for both you and the environment, contact Mardi Park Turf today.