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Grass Review Comparisons

There are a few different ways of preparing and installing a new lawn.

Grass Seeds

Seeded Lawn

Seeding your new lawn is the most cost effective and affordable method of establishing a new lawn, however, as you can see from this picture, the consistency may not be what you expected. Also, this process can take quite a long time to establish.

Weather and rainfall will take a toll on the soil, and in addition to this, birds will most likely think the seeds are a real treat!

The biggest problem you will encounter is weeds, as digging the soil will encourage weed growth and bring weeds to the surface.

If you decide to go with this option, we do have a great variety of boutique grass seeds to choose from. Click here to view the varieties available.

Instant Lawn

Couch Naturestrip

Whilst slightly more expensive, instant lawn is just that “instant”. You get the immediate results of a lush green grass with minimal maintenance.

Varieties vary from $8.45m2 to $11.95m2 plus delivery.  Click here to view the varieties and prices available. Please note that Sir Walter Buffalo pictured here is currently on special at $11m2 plus delivery.

It is very difficult to successfully install Instant Lawn from seed, so difficult in fact, that the farm re-establish their crops using propagation.


Sprigs can take up to a year to grow.

Our Turf Farm in country Victoria propagate from cuttings. When the harvesting machine is cutting out rolls of new instant lawn from the ground, the machine will simply leave narrow strips of grass in-between where the rolls of sod are being cut from.

Buffalo Grass Harvesting

Once harvesting is completed, these narrow strips of turf are left in place and will eventually re-grow and cover the empty areas once more.

When the ground is once again covered with a dense, even sward of new grass, it’s time to harvest the new crop once again.


We would love to discuss the different options available to you

Please contact us for more information.

Phone: 9331-5300 or order online




Instant Turf Review – Summer Break Results

Instant Lawn

Low maintenance & Hard Wearing





I thought it would be interesting to show you how our turf samples have survived during the Christmas and New Year holiday break without being watered. I must make it clear that these are radical samples as there is not a great quantity of soil in the sample trays.

Review and Comments

Sir Walter Buffalo – this sample has done exceptionally well during the hot weather definitely living up to its hard wearing, low maintenance, low water use qualities. There has been practically no indication that this sample has not had any maintenance for approximately 3 weeks during searingly hot temperatures.

Nullarbor Couch Legend – This sample has also faired quite well during the Summer break, highlighting it’s low water use and hard wearing qualities.

RTF – As this is a ‘cool season‘ grass, we can definitely see the effect that the hot weather and lack of water has had. In saying that, you can see the self-repairing qualities where the grass has started to re-generate once watered.

Nullarbor Couch – This fine leaf couch has also stood up well with the hot weather and low water use during the break.

Eureka Kikuyu – The Kikuyu has survived quite well under the low maintenance conditions as well.

Our samples are available for you to view Monday to Saturday.

I am more than happy to discuss any of your instant lawn requirements

Ph: 9331-5300



New Sir Walter Buffalo Instant Lawn Installation

Sir Walter Buffalo

Sir Walter Buffalo

A new Sir Walter Buffalo lawn being installed in St Helena…

Summer is a great time to lay your new instant lawn. We would love to discuss, just give us a call on 9331530


Sir Walter Buffalo No.1




Nullarbor Couch….. Week By Week

Instant Turf Review – The Green Centre


Lawn Solutions

…Previously known as Santa Ana Couch…

These pictures show the progress of how a drought tolerant turf loses colour during Winter

With the warmer weather, the grass becomes lush and green as it comes out of dormancy

In the above example, prior to installation, the instant lawn had overheated on a 40 degree day and overnight the temperature and humidity were also very high.

Despite this, we took photos to show you the progress of this affordable, fine leaf hybrid couch grass which grows to a lush green lawn.

Nullarbor Couch

If you would like further information or to place an order call 9331-5300 or click here.

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Sir Walter Buffalo Instant Lawn

Melbourne’s Most Popular Drought Tolerant Instant Turf

The Green Centre  in affiliation with Lawn Solutions Australia is a certified reseller of Sir Walter Buffalo and will provide a Certificate of Authenticity on purchase.

Sir Walter Buffalo No.1                   Lawn Solutions Australia

As seen below, Sir Walter Buffalo is a creeping grass that moves over the surface making it easy to edge. It’s not as invasive as other varieties of grass such as Kikuyu or Couch.  Sir Walter loves both the sun and is shade tolerant, and is at it’s best with a minimum of 3 hours sunlight each day.

SWB Runners Oct

SWB Runners Oct

It may lose some colour in the winter, though this will improve with age.

Installation is recommended from September through to May. This picture shows the loss of colour coming out of Winter.



A good water once a week is generally enough, however in extreme conditions it may need extra. During the winter months Sir Walter rarely needs irrigation.

For the healthiest lawn fertilise at the start of each season with Sir Walter Fertiliser.


SWB Runners

SWB Runners


The Quick Facts:

  • Root System:  Above ground runners, not very deep rooting.
  • Runners:  Above ground runners, easy to edge.
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes, very
  • Colour:  A lighter shade of green, almost lime
  • Sun ‘v’ Shade:  Great in both, needs a few hours of sun minimum
  • Leaf type:  Keep around 40mm long, 8-10mm wide blade.
  • Self-Repairing:  Yes
  • Cool or Warm Season:  Warm Season



Instant Turf Samples

The Green Centre – Instant Lawn

Spring is a great time to lay your turf. As you are probably aware, the buffalo & couch type grasses go dormant during winter, but they are now coming out of their dormant phase and ‘greening up’ nicely. If you wait until March/April, you will find that the weather will be too cold for the turf to establish well. Drought tolerant turfs prefer the warmer weather.

Like all grasses, instant turf requires cutting. As you can see here are some before and after photos of our instant turf samples. Please feel free to drop in anytime from Monday to Saturday 8am – 3pm, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park to view our samples in person.

As the warmer weather is upon us, it is a good idea to de-thatch Couch grasses. This means that each time you mow (over the course of 3 cuttings) you lower the blade a little each time. This will give your grass a chance to re-generate and have fresh new growth by removing the prickly dead pieces of grass that have accumulated during the winter months.

For further information please call 9331-5300.


Instant Turf Review – Drought Tolerant Turfs

Turf Samples

Here is a picture of our instant turf samples. As you can see, we have let them grow throughout Winter without any maintenance.

The drought tolerant turfs usually lose colour during winter. As you can see, the samples are still retaining their color quite well even though we are well into September.

 A couple of ideas to reduce colour loss prior to the Winter season:

1.  Top dress turf with Turf Loam soil to level out areas and dips.

2.  Do not cut the grass once the colder weather is approaching.

Turf Availability as at today…

RTF Tall Fescue is $100%

Nullarbor Couch Legend oversown with Rye is 100%

Drought Tolerant Turfs

Sir Walter Buffalo is currently at 80% colour

Nullarbor Couch Legend is 60% colour

Nullarbor Couch is $70% colour

Eureka Kikuyu Premium VG is 70%

For those of you wanting to install a drought tolerant turf, the best time to install it is once we have had 3 weeks of warmer weather (approx 24degrees).

It you would like a quote or have any queries, please call 9331-5300.


Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF)

This is a self-repairing fescue, a favourite because of its lush green appearance all year around.

A major benefit is you can install this turf at any time during the year.


Common blade type of grass – no runners to invade. Spreads by seed.

Is self-repairing due to small underground rhizomes.

This turf requires more regular watering than other drought tolerant varieties.





Winter Dormancy

All buffalo, kikuyu & couch varieties of grass are now dormant due to the colder weather.

It is best to wait until the warmer weather of Spring to order and lay your turf to get the best results.


Instant Turf Samples – Top Dressing

Top Dressing Your Instant Lawn

Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, all of our turf varieties are ready to roll out.

After winter you may find that your turf is in need of some T.L.C. you will find that top-dressing with our Turf Loam soil will help to even out the level of your grass giving it the chance to regenerate and thrive.

In November, I took the time to top-dress our turf samples as they were lacking some soil in areas, particularly the Kikuyu which hardly had any soil at all and the drough tolerant varieties.

Turf Samples 25.11.13 Turf Samples 18.12.13
Turf Samples 25.11.13

This slideshow clearly shows the difference that a month of growth in the warmer weather makes. Give us a call at The Green Centre if you have any queries or wish to discuss types of turf available.

If you wanted to have a look at the samples in person, we are open through the week until 4pm and until 3pm on Saturdays.

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The Green Centre Instant Turf Samples


New Turf Samples at The Green Centre

As you can see we have received new samples from the Turf Farm. This gives a really good indication of what the turf will look like at this time of year.

Now that Spring is here, the warmer weather will start to pick up and the winter dormant turfs such as Sir Walter Buffalo, all Couch grasses and Kikuyu will start to grow. These drought tolerant grasses need at least 3 weeks of warmer weather before they will start growing again.

As you can see from these samples, the grasses are ‘greening up’  nicely.

*NB: Wintergreen Couch is being discontinued.

Here is a recent testimonial received from one of our supply and install customers:


Just want to know that we purchased instant turf from you and Anthony/Frank installed it for us.

It looks AMAZING !!

Thank you so much for your assistance – delighted with the job they did and they managed to install for us at short notice which was greatly appreciated coz it is for a house sale.

Just wanted to send you a thank you email.



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