What grass to use in a home garden

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    Hi all
    I was lucky or unlucky enough to buy a house in december. Main problem is that the house was badly neclected for the past 15 to 20 years. House wise and garden wise. We have renovated and replaced most things on the house and now we need to focus on the garden which has NO grass at all and shrubs took over. Trees were trimmed or completely cutdown and now I need to focus on grass. I thought about it long and hard and I am solely focusing on indeginous grass types. Can someone help me here with ideas?
     
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    Mondo grass will work! LOL!
     
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    LM or Kikuyu - Buffalo if you dont want to mow as much, but can live with it's courser texture... But why have a lawn anyways? A nice big veggie patch uses less water and you can feed your family from it....
     
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    It's the front yard. Not going to look very nice compared to the other yards of the houses round me.
    Want to do that in the back yard now that you mentioned it.
     
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    + 1 on all the above

    Have kikuyu, buffalo and seeded shade grass at my place depending on the geographics of the area, but in the Cape we don't have your frost..
     
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    Cannabis - Your neighbours will be very jealous of your grass :laughing7:
     
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    canada green grass will grow nicely in the shade and you wont have to cut it as much, always has a nice green colour to it
     
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    Hi I have Kikuyu and Buffalo. The section were the Kikuyu is, grows super fast (cut once a week). the other section Buffalo takes longer to grow (cut every 2 weeks). Both are in full sunlight and receive same fertilizer and fish tank water.
     
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    I am tempted to use buffalo grass as it is more hardy for Bloemfontein's climate and rainfall patern. My main concern is that they say on the internet their root system can go everywhere and sometimes up to 2m deep. I don't know if this is possible with residential soil as it normally is much more compacted beneath than in the bushveld. Are you happy with the look of the buffalo or does it look a bit on the cheap side compared to kukuyu grass.
     
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    Morning Hendrik,

    Buffalo is the best option. Once it has knitted in and you keep it well fed with an organic (wont burn) fertilizer it will look fantastic!
     
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    Hi henk
    I am tempted to use it. Will be phoning around to hear if I can get for summer time.
     
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    Hi,

    Before I installed the Kikiyu grass I uprooted the buffalo grass by hand (healthy grass). The roots were no more than 50cm. The kikiyu grass has a way more softer feel and carpet appearance from near due to the small and narrow leaf blade. I think all grass looks good, it just depends on how you care for it. Buffalo grass can be grown/ nurtured to give the same appearance as one of the more expensive less hardier grass types. Overall in terms of cost per metre squared, man-hours for mowing, fertilizing, watering and weeding, the buffalo would be the better option. Hope that helps. GO GREEN! lol :thumbsup:
     
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    May I ask where you live and what type of soil you have in the garden?
     
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    I live in Southern Suburbs in Cape Town. the natural soil type was neutral, dry, with low humus content. I just added tons of normal garden compost/ lawn dressing before and after laying the grass. I use Kynoch Turbo 31 (http://www.kynoch.co.za/) and Eco pallets (http://www.ecopellets.net/index.html) as fertilizers.
     
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    Found another grass.
    Cynodon dactylon or afrikaans word "kweek gras".
     

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