Which Turf Is Best For Small Yards? Our Top Picks!

Which Turf Is Best For Small Yards? Our Top Picks!

A lot of homes these days have remarkably small yards, with very limited grass area.  And seeing as it’s not something we can change, the only option is to make the best of it!  This means choosing the correct turf for a small area – you want your lawn, whatever its size, to be a slice of paradise.
There are a few key things to consider when deciding which turf is best for your small garden.  It pays to take a bit of extra time to make sure you pick the best option for your place, that way you’ll enjoy years of pleasure from your lawn.

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Grass, like any other plant, is sensitive to climate.  And if you’ve only got a small patch, you want to make sure you choose one that’s going to really thrive in your area.  Consider things such as local rainfall, temperatures in both summer and winter and salt tolerance if you live close to the coast.


If your yard is small, it’s highly likely that by the time you’ve got also got a fence, trees and bushes, parts of it are largely shaded.  This calls for special consideration because not all grass thrives in these conditions.  However, there are some varieties that do thrive in shaded areas or areas of dappled light.  Varieties such as Sapphire Buffalo Grass can sustain up to 50% shade in a high wear area.  Palmetto Buffalo Grass is even more tolerant, with the ability to sustain up to 70% shade!


It’s common for small yards to have grass areas surrounded by bushes, paving or gravel paths. And the last thing you need is to be constantly battling with your lawn invading other areas of the garden.  Australian Nara Grass is a fantastic pick when it comes to choosing a non-invasive lawn. It thrives in most areas in the eastern half of the country, from Queensland to Tasmania and is less invasive than many other lawn varieties.

Best Type of Grass

High Traffic

If your yard area is small, the grass needs to be able to sustain high wear and tear because the one patch is going to get all the traffic. Buffalo, Kikuyu, Nara and Couch are all robust grass types that repair themselves quickly after damage.

Winter Colour

You might only have a small yard, but you still want it to look great all year round…

If great colour through all seasons is high on your list of considerations, you might be wise to look at Wintergreen Couch or Palmetto Buffalo Grass.  With appropriate care, these varieties will maintain their vibrant colour all year and reward you with a soft, green carpet that will be the envy of your neighbours!

By familiarising yourself with the different types of grass, you can make the right choice when it comes to deciding which turf is best for your small garden. The team at Rivers Edge Turf is only too happy to assist you with making the right choice!  Call us today on 02 4579 9009 and chat with one of our friendly team.


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