When it comes to lawn types, there are two main options – warm season and cool season. Warm season grasses, known as C4 grasses, lose colour during the cooler months and don’t grow as much, and cool season varieties, known as C3 grasses, continue growing throughout winter and retain their colour. C3 and C4 refers to carbon, and the numbers 3 and 4 represents how many carbon atoms within each compound.
But what varieties are warm season and what are cool season? Keep reading to find out more, or chat to Rosemount Turf on (07) 5448 6398 to learn more.
Warm season varieties of grass include buffalo, kikuyu, zoysia and couch. Cool season varieties include Bent grass, Fescue, Ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass. Warm season grasses are generally suited to northern areas of Australia and cool season grasses to the far south. Geographically however, we have a limited real ‘cool season’ area compared places such as North America and Europe - hence the reason warm season turf varieties are much more common in Australia.
Cool season grasses remain green during winter and look great; however, they have a few downfalls:
The most understandable use of cool season turf varieties is through the process of oversowing. Oversowing turf with a cool season variety can offer a great, green-looking lawn during winter with low requirements for additional watering once germinated, but it’s not suggested for most warm season varieties other than couch.
You might have noticed that sports fields tend to stay green during the winter months – this is because most sports fields are couch and they have been oversowed to provide a nice green, thick playing surface for use right through the winter months.
There is an alternative to oversowing though – TifTuf. Although TifTif is a hybrid Bermuda (Couch) variety and a warm season grass, it has incredible winter colour retention abilities. Combine this with drought tolerance, wear resistance and a dense profile, TifTuf lawn is the perfect choice for the Australian climate.
The above qualities mean that it is no longer a necessity to oversow those fields for the winter, as well as reducing the need for big expensive heat lights, for the most part. TifTuf is also available for your lawn at home too, so you can have the best of both worlds – a greener home lawn in winter that also requires less water.
If you are searching for a grass that has the qualities you like in cool season grasses, but with the drought tolerance and hardiness of a warm season grass, then TifTuf is the solution!
We understand that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a significant impact on all Australians and that it is a difficult and unprecedented time at the moment. We wanted to assure you that health and safety are the top priorities for Rosemount Turf management and staff. There are certain measures that we have put in place to ensure that our customers and employees are safe. We are being vigilant with our office and ensuring all surfaces are sterilised and cleaned regularly.
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