Lawn Varieties
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Nara Lawn

Nara - The True Australian Lawn

Nara Native Turf is a new variety of Zoysia grass which has been bred in Australia. While most Zoysia lawn types are not originally native Australian grass varieties, the Nara strain has been developed here, and as such is often referred to as Native Nara Turf.

Nara is a very low maintenance lawn, it requires only low fertiliser usage, it can survive and stay green under heat and drought, and can go for long periods without mowing - without getting out of control.

Equally, Nara can be given greater care and kept to a higher standard with a little more fertiliser and water and with more regular mowing.

With these factors in mind, Nara really is a low care lawn, is able to survive abuse and neglect, has low aggressive and invasive properties, and may be a perfect choice for many people who simply have little time to look after a lawn.


Lawn Care for Nara Turf

Lawn Diseases
Nara has very good resistance to most lawn diseases, and any problems can usually be easily controlled using the same products as those used on Couch lawns.

Weed Control
Weed infestations can be easily treated with most available herbicides, with Nara having excellent tolerance to weed sprays which is equal to Couch. This includes the ability to spray for Paspalum, which is a major problem with lawn varieties such as Buffalo.

Pest Control
Once again, Nara is an all-round good choice of lawn type for pest control. Being a Zoysia, Nara has excellent natural resistance to most lawn pests such as lawn grub, and will easily tolerate most pest control products.

Lawn Mowing
Nara will mow well at both lower and higher lawn mowing settings depending on the preference of the homeowner. It requires less mowing than Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu, and will not thatch up like any of the grasses already mentioned.

While Nara does grow a little faster than Empire (Zoysia japonica), it can be left un-mowed for a long period of time without ever becoming ugly or overgrown like other lawn types can, such as Kikuyu or Couch. In fact, a Nara lawn can be left neglected for a long period, and then mowed with very little to no scalping from mowing.

Shade Tolerance and Full Sun
Nara has a medium tolerance for shade, sitting somewhere in-between Buffalo with excellent shade tolerance, and Couch and Kikuyu with very poor shade tolerance.

The grass performs excellent in full sun.

Lawn Fertilising
Nara, like it's cousin Empire (Zoysia japonica), can cope very well with low fertilising regimes. So if you're the type of person who doesn't pay a lot of attention to fertilising the lawn, then Nara is a consideration of lawn type. Equally, Nara can be maintained to a more manicured standard with a few light applications of lawn fertiliser each year

Recent trials by Australian Zoysia experts have shown that all Zoysia, including Nara Native Turf will gain great results in retaining superior Winter colour when the homeowner applies a good application of fertiliser to the lawn in mid to late Autumn.

Salt and Drought Tolerance
Nara has excellent salt tolerance, so in this respect, it is an excellent choice for coastal regions where other grasses simply cannot cope with excessive amounts of salt in the environment.

Also, if the region you live in often experiences high water restrictions or drought which result in the killing off of many lawn types in your neighbourhood, then Nara will be an excellent turf to consider, as it will cope and recover very well in these conditions.


Differences Between Nara and Empire

Empire Turf is a Zoysia grass based on the highly popular and excellent strain Zoysia japonica. Whereas Nara has been developed from a Zoysia strain found only in Australia, called Zoysia Macrantha. In the past, Zoysia macranthra has not been highly regarded and always performed poorly when compared to the Zoysia japonica strain, and as such was never really adopted as a turf type - which was solely because no-one in Australia had the fortitude to actually spend time "breeding turf", as most lawns developed in Australia were often "found" and not bred at all.

That was until a real turf and plant breeder changed all of that forever!

After 10 years of development, Todd Layt of Ozbreed put in all the hard yards of true turf development and developed a new lawn from Zoysia Macrantha which equals or betters many other turf types being sold in Australia today for quality, durability, low maintenance and beauty.

Nara is more salt tolerant, has a fine leaf blade, maintains it's winter colour better and is slightly faster growing than Empire Zoysia.


Nara Native Turf

For those who have a true understanding of grasses in Australia, all realise that Nara really is something special and unique, as a lawn of very high quality, while being Australia's first and only native lawn.

Also see our special article - Where Can I Buy Zoysia.


Other Zoysia Lawn Reviews
Empire Zoysia
Compadre Zoysia





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Buffalo grass lawn in heavy seed The Reason For Lawns Seeding All...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Todd Layt 1. Mowing a lawn in a shaded area There is...
IMAGE
Shady Area By Kate Wall 'New Content' Even the best laid lawn can...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Improving Lawn Soil The soils underneath our lawns are more...
IMAGE
Over-seeding Lawns For Winter Reasons For Over Seeding Lawns Often...
IMAGE
Buffalo Seed Heads The Problems of Buffalo Lawn Going To Seed One of...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Adjusting From Excessive Watering Reducing Excessive Water Usage We...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
IMAGE
A liquid Wetting Agent More Than Just Dry Soils A waxy coating on...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Planning saves time and gives a betterquality finish every time we...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall When it comes time to buy a mower we can...
IMAGE
Lawn clippings left on lawns Clever Garden Recycling With Lawn...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Bindii | Onehunga | JoJo How To Kill Bindii Bindii is a low growing...
IMAGE
Brown Patch Lawn Disease Brown Patch Is A Lawn Disease Brown patch is...
IMAGE
White Clover How To Kill White Clover White Clover is noticeable by...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Couch Grass Characteristics of Couch Grass Couch Grass is by far one...
IMAGE
A warm season Couch lawn What Are Warm Season Grasses Grasses are...
IMAGE
A Sapphire Buffalo Lawn Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo Sapphire Buffalo...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Different lawn types available in Australia, including independent and unbiased reviews of popular brands of turf for sale in Australia today
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Good lawn health helps to fight lawn diseases, reduces the infestation of pests, and helps reduce weed seeds from taking a foothold.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
correct lawn mowing techniques video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
IMAGE
Lawn Clippings Are Full Of Natural Nutrients Lawn clippings from mowing are an excellent...
IMAGE
The Problems Caused By Shaded Lawns As we continue to look at preventative means to maintain a...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Zoysia turf being harvested Buying Zoysia Around Australia Our work to help bring Zoysia...
IMAGE
The best regions to grow Zoysia Where Can I Grow Zoysia In Australia Zoysia grass does its...
IMAGE
Different Types Of Zoysia Grasses There are several different varieties within the Zoysia...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Lawns Are The Greatest Carbon Cleaners We should all have confidence in our lawns, knowing...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information