Turf Solutions: A Guide To Ensuring Drought Proof Grass

As the leading suppliers of turf on the Northern Rivers, Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping takes pride in offering a diverse selection of fresh-cut lawns to cater to the unique needs of our customers. With two exceptional drought proof grass varieties, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda and Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass, we empower you to make a choice that aligns with the specific conditions of your site, whether it be shade tolerance, pet-friendliness, or minimal watering requirements. As we endure the dry and hot months, selecting the right turf becomes paramount, and our extensive range ensures that you find the perfect match for your lawn. Explore the details below to understand why TifTuf and Sir Walter are your go-to options for a resilient and drought proof lawn.

Drought Proof Grass Considerations For Your Northern Rivers Home

Climate and Weather Conditions

Begin by understanding the unique climate and weather patterns of the Northern Rivers region. Consider the temperature fluctuations, sunlight exposure, and the prevalence of drought. Opt for drought proof grass varieties that are well-suited to the local conditions, ensuring they can thrive in the specific climate of your home.

Site-Specific Requirements

Assess the specific conditions of your property. Take note of sunlight availability, potential shaded areas, and any high-traffic zones. Different areas of your lawn may have varying needs, so selecting a drought proof grass variety that can adapt to these site-specific conditions is essential for maintaining a lush and resilient lawn.

Water Conservation and Drought Resistance

Given the region’s occasional water scarcity, prioritise grass varieties that are water-efficient and drought-resistant. Look for turf options that can withstand periods of reduced water availability without sacrificing their overall health and vibrancy. This approach not only supports water conservation efforts but also ensures the long-term sustainability of your lawn.

Pet and Family Considerations

For households with pets and active family members, choose drought proof grass that is not only visually appealing but also resilient to wear and tear. Opt for a soft and low-allergenic surface to create a safe and comfortable space for both your family and pets to enjoy. This consideration is crucial for maintaining the overall usability and aesthetics of your lawn.

Maintenance Preferences

Evaluate your willingness and capacity for lawn maintenance. Some grass varieties require more care than others. If you prefer a low-maintenance lawn, select turf that fits your maintenance preferences and time constraints. A well-chosen drought proof grass variety can offer a beautiful lawn without the need for extensive upkeep.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing the perfect grass or turf for your Northern Rivers home. Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping is here to assist you in navigating these considerations and finding the most suitable drought proof grass varieties for your unique requirements. Visit our yards in Lismore and Ballina to explore a diverse range of turf options and make the right choice for a resilient and beautiful lawn in the Northern Rivers region.

Drought Tolerant Turf Varieties

Couch Grass

Couch grass, also known as Bermuda grass or wiregrass, is a warm-season grass species that is often used for turf or lawns in various regions. Turf refers to the upper layer of soil with the grass and its root system, which is often cultivated and maintained for ornamental or recreational purposes.

Couch turf is known for its ability to form a dense and durable drought proof grass, making it suitable for lawns, sports fields, and other areas with high foot traffic. It is well-adapted to warm climates and exhibits good drought tolerance. Gardeners and landscapers often choose couch grass for its rapid growth, resilience, and ability to recover from damage.

When establishing or maintaining a couch grass turf, factors such as proper mowing, watering, and fertilisation are essential to promote a healthy and attractive lawn. It’s important to note that while couch grass can be a desirable turfgrass in certain contexts, it can also be considered invasive in some regions, spreading aggressively and outcompeting other grass species. Therefore, its use should be carefully considered based on local conditions and management practices.

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides) is a warm-season drought proof grass native to North America. It is a low-maintenance turfgrass that is well-adapted to arid and semi-arid climates. Buffalo grass is known for its fine texture, blue-green colour, and drought tolerance. It’s a popular choice for lawns, parks, and other landscaping applications, especially in regions with hot and dry conditions.

Key characteristics of buffalo grass include:

Drought Tolerance: Buffalo grass is highly drought-resistant, making it suitable for areas with limited water availability. It has deep roots that can access water from lower soil layers.

Low Maintenance: Buffalo grass is known for its low maintenance requirements. It generally has a slow growth rate, reducing the frequency of mowing. It also tends to require less fertiliser compared to some other turfgrass species.

Fine Texture: The drought proof grass has a fine texture, creating a soft and dense turf. This can contribute to an attractive and comfortable lawn.

Adaptability: Buffalo grass is adaptable to a range of soil types, though it prefers well-draining soils. It can thrive in a variety of environments, including sandy soils.

Heat Tolerance: It performs well in hot climates and can withstand high temperatures.

Limited Cold Tolerance: While buffalo grass is well-suited to warm climates, it has limited tolerance to cold temperatures and may go dormant in winter.

When establishing a buffalo grass lawn, it’s important to consider factors such as soil preparation, proper watering, and maintenance practices. Additionally, there are different varieties and cultivars of buffalo drought proof grass available, each with its specific characteristics, so selecting the right one for a particular climate and use is crucial. Overall, buffalo grass is valued for its water efficiency and ability to thrive in challenging environmental conditions.

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda: Setting the Standard for Drought Proof Grass

Smart WaterMark Certification

In the face of Australia’s dry summers and an impending drought, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda proudly carries the Smart Approved WaterMark, setting a new benchmark for drought proof grass. Our commitment to providing quality turf that withstands the challenges of the Northern Rivers climate is evident in the exceptional attributes of TifTuf.

High Wear Tolerance and Rapid Root Growth

TifTuf excels in high wear situations with its dense growth habit and rapid root growth. Its ability to take root in less than 7 days, requiring significantly less water, makes it a top choice for those seeking a resilient and low-maintenance lawn.

Self-Repairing and Low Maintenance

Drought Proof grass is more than survival; it’s thriving. With self-repairing capabilities and minimal maintenance requirements, TifTuf offers a solution that can withstand both drought stress and wear, ensuring a beautiful lawn year-round.

10-Year Warranty

Backed by a 10-year warranty from Lawn Solutions Australia, every TifTuf Bermuda purchase at Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping is a commitment to quality and longevity. Our extensive research and development ensure that you receive a drought proof grass variety that stands the test of time.

Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass: The Aussie Icon of Drought Resistance

Drought Resistance and Shade Tolerance

For a quintessential Aussie lawn that thrives in diverse conditions, Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Grass is your answer. Boasting high drought resistance and over 75% shade tolerance, it is the ideal choice for those seeking versatile and drought proof grass.

Kid and Pet Friendly

Beyond being a grass variety, Sir Walter embodies a lifestyle choice. Soft-leaved, low-allergenic, and weed-resistant, it provides a safe and enjoyable environment for kids and pets, making it the perfect Aussie lawn for family activities and relaxation.

Low Maintenance and Self-Repairing

With a tight growth habit, Sir Walter resists most weeds and quickly repairs itself if damaged, reducing the occurrence of bare patches. Mowing becomes less of a chore, allowing you to enjoy a lush green and drought proof lawn effortlessly.

Certified Authenticity and 10-Year Warranty

Ensure you’re getting genuine Sir Walter DNA Certified by purchasing from accredited Lawn Solutions Australia members. With a Certificate of Authenticity and a nationwide 10-year product warranty, Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping guarantees your investment in quality and drought proof grass durability.

As we approach the dry and hot months, Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping invites you to explore the largest range of drought proof grass varieties on the Northern Rivers. Whether you opt for the unmatched drought tolerance of TifTuf or the iconic versatility of Sir Walter, our commitment to quality, backed by warranties and extensive research, ensures your lawn remains vibrant and resilient. Visit our yards in Lismore and Ballina to discover the perfect drought proof grass variety tailored to your specific needs.