How to Choose the Best Lawn Variety for Your Perth Landscape

As a proud small business owner in the reticulation industry, I understand the importance of helping clients make informed decisions about their lawns. In Perth, Western Australia, two popular lawn varieties, Sir Walter and Wintergreen Couch, compete for attention. In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of each variety, providing valuable insights to assist you in selecting the ideal lawn for your landscape.

Sir Walter: Lush, Versatile, and Low Maintenance



Drought-tolerant: Sir Walter is known (meant to be known) for its excellent drought tolerance, making it an ideal choice for the hot and dry Perth climate. It has a deep root system that enables it to withstand extended periods without water, reducing your water consumption. Now from long-standing experience, nothing is 100% drought tolerant and Sir Walter still needs a lot of TLC. It’s just tougher than some other similar lawns.

Shade tolerance: If your landscape has shaded areas, Sir Walter performs admirably. It can thrive in partially shaded conditions, allowing you to maintain a consistent and attractive lawn throughout your yard.

Low maintenance: Sir Walter requires minimal upkeep, making it a convenient option for busy homeowners. It has good disease resistance, reducing the need for regular treatments, and it requires less mowing compared to other varieties. 

Soft texture and visual appeal: Sir Walter’s lush, dark green blades create an inviting and visually appealing lawn. Its soft texture adds a touch of luxury to your outdoor space, providing a comfortable area for family activities and relaxation.


Slower recovery rate: If your lawn experiences heavy wear or damage, Sir Walter may have a slower recovery rate compared to some other varieties. However, with proper care and maintenance, it can still rebound and regain its lush appearance.

Wintergreen Couch: Durability and Rapid Growth


Rapid growth and self-repair: Wintergreen Couch is renowned for its fast growth rate and ability to recover quickly from wear and tear. This variety is perfect for high-traffic areas, such as backyards where children and pets play, as it can withstand heavy use.

Excellent sun exposure performance: Wintergreen Couch thrives in full sun conditions, making it an excellent choice for open areas of your landscape. It exhibits exceptional heat tolerance, maintaining its vibrant green colour even during Perth’s scorching summers.

Dense coverage: Wintergreen Couch forms a dense and even turf, providing a uniform and visually appealing lawn. Its ability to fill in gaps and cover bare spots makes it an excellent choice for achieving a seamless look.


Higher water requirements: Compared to Sir Walter, Wintergreen Couch has higher water demands. It requires regular watering to stay healthy and maintain its vibrant appearance. This may result in increased water consumption, especially during dry periods or water restrictions.


Increased maintenance: Wintergreen Couch necessitates more frequent mowing and edging due to its rapid growth rate. If not properly maintained, it can quickly become overgrown and require additional effort to keep it looking neat and well-manicured.

Less shade tolerance: Wintergreen Couch prefers full sun exposure and may struggle in shaded areas. If your landscape has significant shade cover, it may not be the most suitable option, as it can become thin and patchy under such conditions.

Choosing the Right Lawn Variety for Your Perth Landscape:

  1. Consider your lawn usage: If you have a busy household or anticipate heavy foot traffic, Wintergreen Couch’s durability and rapid growth make it an excellent choice. However, if your lawn receives moderate traffic and you prefer a low-maintenance option, Sir Walter is an ideal fit.
  2. Assess sunlight and shade conditions: Take note of the sun exposure in your landscape. If you have areas with ample shade, Sir Walter’s shade tolerance makes it a preferable option. Conversely, Wintergreen Couch is better suited for sun-drenched areas.
  3. Maintenance considerations: Reflect on the time and effort you are willing to invest in lawn care. Sir Walter’s low maintenance nature appeals to those seeking convenience, while Wintergreen Couch may be preferred by homeowners who enjoy regular lawn maintenance activities and want their lawn looking like a Bowling Green. 

Create the Perfect Lawn with Retic Renovation

Create the Perfect Lawn with Retic Renovation

Selecting the right lawn variety for your Perth landscape is essential for creating an attractive and functional outdoor space. Both Sir Walter and Wintergreen Couch offer unique advantages and considerations. Assessing your specific requirements, such as water availability, shade exposure, lawn usage, and maintenance preferences, will help guide your decision. 

Contact our reticulation specialist to get the best irrigation set up for your lawn. At Retic Renovation, we have over 20 years of experience ensuring lawns thrive in the Western Australian climate. Get in touch today for reticulation installation and repairs

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Luke Porter

The Director of Retic Renovation is passionate about beautiful healthy lawns and gardens.

I have over 17 years hands-on experience in both landscaping and reticulation service and I’m extremely competent in problem solving, repairs, installation, and product knowledge.