With lawns in Australia things are essentially divided into three different climate types and one region. Understanding where you live will help you to decide on the best lawn for your local area.
Warm season climates
Most states in Australia contain warm grass climate zones as this covers areas including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and north as far as Townsville. These climates are where the temperatures can reach 35 degrees or more during the summer months and down to as low as -2 degrees during winter. To be classified as a warm season grass climate the area can receive frost but not regular snow. Snow cannot fall more than every 5 years.
Cool season climates
Areas including Armidale, Canberra, the Snowy Mountains and Tasmania – regions where temperatures fall to below -2 degrees during winter, where daily frost can occur, and snow falls are typical.
Tropical season climates
The top of Australia, including Broome, Cairns and Darwin, and locations where warmer temperatures are typical year round. Areas classified as tropical don’t experience the traditional seasons of summer, autumn, winter and spring but rather have wet season and dry season. Cool season grasses are almost impossible to grow here so avoid this and choose a lawn variety specifically grown for the tropical climate.
While all of the grass climate zones can have areas of sandy soil, the region of Perth is the big one for Australia. Lawns installed in sandy soil areas have special characteristics; they are often hydrophobic and require frequent, usually daily watering. Regardless of where you live, if you have sandy soil, seek expert advice on how to handle issues like watering, pests and lawn care.
Daleys Turf specialises in lawn varieties perfectly suited to the local climate of Brisbane, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – all of South East Queensland. Contact us to learn more.