Choosing the best turf for Brisbane? Here’s what you need to know

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Choosing the right turf for your backyard seems like a simple task, but unfortunately, a lot of people get it wrong. It’s not just where you live; but several characteristics that need to be considered when choosing your lawn. At Turf Man, we provide turf for residential and commercial areas from the Gold Coast up to the Sunshine Coast, and everywhere in between. To make things simpler today, we thought we would start in the middle and cover the best turf variety for the Brisbane region. 

Installing lawn and working hard to keep it green, only to have it dead and brown 6 months later, is a horrible feeling. So rest assured it (might) not be your fault, but instead be that the turf you installed wasn’t suited to the Brisbane climate or your yard characteristics, such as shade, soil acidity, local pests and more. 


Laying lawn is tough work and often time-consuming, so make sure you only do it once by selecting the right turf for your needs. So, which turf is right Brisbane’s usually warm weather, humidity, and rainfall? There are eight factors you need to consider when choosing the right turf for your place: 

  1. Climate
  2. Drought tolerance
  3. Shade tolerance
  4. Pest & Disease tolerance
  5. Weed invasiveness
  6. The winter colour
  7. Salt tolerance
  8. Mowing frequency


Walk around and assess these things at your home. Does your yard get excessive amounts of sun or shade a day? Make sure you consider any large trees that will grow and block the sun. If you’re living close to the coast you will need to consider salt in your soil, have it tested so you know what you’re working with. If you aren’t sure how much rainfall the area gets, a simple interest search will tell you. 


Here are our recommended turf varieties for the Brisbane region and their key turf characteristics:

Wintergreen Couch

  • Rich bright green in colour
  • Fine soft leaf texture
  • Best suited for a full sun position
  • High drought tolerance
  • Excellent recovery capabilities
  • Ideal for areas that receive high traffic

Empire Zoysia

  • Dark green colour, medium leaf blade
  • Suitable for shaded/high traffic areas
  • Good resistance to insects and diseases
  • Good at out competing weeds
  • Minimal maintenance
  • High drought tolerance

Palmetto Buffalo

  • Outstanding winter colour, 8-9 mm leaf blade
  • Suitable for high traffic areas
  • Perform well in both full sun and shaded area
  • Require only 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight
  • Deep root system
  • Minimal maintenance
  • High drought tolerance


If you still aren’t sure which of our premium turf options is suitable for your situation, don’t hesitate to call us for a chat. Our Brisbane turf services include turf supply, turf delivery, turf laying and site preparation. We deal with turf farms on the Sunshine Coast to bring you the very best, premium turf at affordable prices. Contact us today.