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Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Once upon a time, Buffalo lawn was widely used and most lovingly referred to as Ol' Scratchy, due to its coarse and sharp leaf blades....
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A Fine Leaf Zoysia Lawn Couch or Zoysia For anyone considering purchasing a new lawn for their home, Couch is often one of the first grass types to be considered. And why not… Couch...
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Cool season lawns are mowed higher Introduction To Cool Season Lawns Lawn grasses are first divided into 2 separate categories, Warm Season Grasses, and Cool Season Grasses. As their...
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Couch Grass Characteristics of Couch Grass Couch Grass is by far one of the most popular lawns used in Australia, and has so been for a long time. Couch lawns are indeed an old...
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Dichondra in a shaded area Managing Lawns In Shaded Areas With Dichondra Many lawns which encroach into shaded areas around homes are often left to die away as the amount of available...
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Durban Grass Characteristics of Durban Grass A old favourite lawn in Queensland where it's often referred to as Sweet Smother Grass, Durban Grass is a lawn that can be worth...
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Sterile Seed Head on MSK Male Sterile Kikuyu As the name suggests, Male Sterile Kikuyu is a sterile form of Kikuyu grass which cannot produce functional anthers and pollen, and...
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Perennial Bluegrass Characteristics of Perennial Bluegrass Perennial Bluegrass is another cool season lawn producing a quality and luxurious turf. Best suited to the colder highlands...
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Queensland Blue lawn in seed Characteristics of Queensland Blue Couch Often referred to as Queensland Blue Couch, this favourite lawn type is neither from Queensland, nor is it a...
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Saltene Grass Characteristics of Saltene Grass Saltene lawn is a bit of a tough guy. It has a fine leaf, can be cut to high quality with a cylinder mower like a Couch or a Zoysia lawn,...
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A Sapphire Buffalo Lawn Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo Sapphire Buffalo can be regarded as a genuine soft leaf Buffalo grass lawn. It performs well in all aspects which signify buffalo...
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Sir Walter soft leaf Buffalo Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo Sir Walter is a true soft leaf Buffalo grass, which when mowed regularly and properly, and when good lawn care practices are...
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A warm season Couch lawn What Are Warm Season Grasses Grasses are first divided into 2 separate categories, Warm Season Grasses, and Cool Season Grasses. As their names suggest, they...
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A Zoysia lawn after mowing Characteristics of Zoysia Grass It may be an unusual lawn name, and in fact the name has been changed many times over the years. Known in past years by names...
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Lawn Care Warm Season Lawns
A warm season Couch lawn

What Are Warm Season Grasses

Grasses are first divided into 2 separate categories, Warm Season Grasses, and Cool Season Grasses. As their names suggest, they are both best suited to differing climatic regions, and require different types of lawn care.


Characteristics Of Lawn Types

Warm Season Grasses can in theory generate from both seed and runners. However if you own a hybrid lawn type, then these seeds will of course be sterile, and so the hybrid lawn types must be regenerated from its runners only.

The main characteristic of the Warm Season Grasses is their plant structure, which is made up of runners that creep and grow laterally along the ground. This structure allows the lawn to spread and self-repair over damaged areas.

The runners can be divided into 2 categories. Above ground runners are called Stolons, and below ground runners are call Rhizomes. Not all Warm Season Grasses have both Stolons and Rhizomes. For example, Couch and Kikuyu grasses will have both Stolons and Rhizomes, and a lawn variety such as Buffalo grass have only Stolons.


Tillering In Lawns

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Tillering - more green leaf and less runners

Warm Season Grasses will also thicken and green up by the tillering effect. It is a desirable process to encourage greener leaf growth that results in a greener and more lush lawn. This process also lessens the lawn runners from spreading out as quickly as they normally would.

Tillering can be encouraged by regular lawn mowing as part of our lawn care practices, where the regular removal of a small amount of leaf material prompts the lawn to use its energy to grow new green shoots, which takes priority over the lawn establishing new runners.


Repair and Spreading Of Warm Season Lawns

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Above-ground stolon of Buffalo grass

By their very nature, Warm Season Grasses will spread into surrounding areas with their runners, this can be a great advantage when allowing the lawn to repair itself from damage, or to grow into new areas where we want lawn to spread.

Alternatively, this can also be a cause of concern, when our lawn begins to invade our garden beds.


Which Lawn Is The Most Aggressive

Varying lawn varieties have different levels of vigorousness. The two more invasive lawn types are Couch and Kikuyu lawns, where they will spread and grow, sometimes with speed. With their underground runners (Rhizomes), the lawn can also burrow under garden bed edging, under up and through paving, and the like. And their above ground runners (Stolons) are capable of crawling over paving and other obstacles to find a new home.


The Less Vigorous Lawns

Varieties such as Queensland Blue, Zoysia and Buffalo are less aggressive lawn types, and they grow a little slower.


Lawn Mowing Heights

All Warm Season Grasses can be mowed at lower heights than their Cool Season cousins. When well cared for and mowed with a Cylinder mower, heights of around 12 mm are common in varieties such as Queensland Blue, Couch, and Zoysia. Varieties such as Kikuyu and Soft Leaf Buffaloes will require higher lawn mowing heights at a minimum of 20 - 25 mm.


Varieties

  • Couch
  • Buffalo
  • Queensland Blue
  • Zoysia
  • Kikuyu
  • Durban Grass


Also Known As

  • Warm Climate Grasses
  • C4 Grasses
  • Runner Type Grasses





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