Choosing The Right Type Of Grass For Your Garden — 50 Comments

  1. I have Phillippine grass, but there are many weeds or different species grass since I was working oversea. Is there a chemical treatment to kill other type of grass and leave only the Phillippine type ?
    Thank you… james

    • Hi James Liew, thanks for your comment and question. Unfortunately there is no such chemical. You will have to get someone to remove the weeds by hand. If your garden is not too big, it is still do-able. If your garden is big and the weeds have really taken hold, one option is to removed everything and start over.

    • Hi James, there is a herbicide that can eliminate weeds/foreign grasses from Philippines grass lawn and yet will not harm the Philippines grass. It’s called Monument. It is a systemic herbicide and takes 2 weeks to see the results.

        • It’s not available in retail chain though, only can be bought through distributor, and cannot be use on Pearl Grass and Cow Grass, cos it will kill both. This herbicide can be safely use on Bermuda variety Grass and Zoysia variety Grass only.

  2. hi i just moved in to a new place and planted some phill carpet grass…i mixed some baja in the water and watererd the grass…i notice is a bit brown now…after 1 week growing it due to the baja coz my wife told me to mix the baja in the water and just sprinkle a bit ..i wrongly watered it with the baja water…pls advise

    • Hi Van,

      Browning could be due to the hot whether or too much fertilizer. With newly transplanted grass best not to put any fertilizer since the grass need time to adjust to new environment. Also grass actually don’t need too much fertilizer. With the hot weather you need to water the grass twice a day. Also don’t over water each time. Don’t worry, grass is quite hardy.

  3. From above description, I think what I’m planting are Philippine grass. 1 year ago I ask someone to plant the carpet grass, after 3 months I install partial canopy beside the garden, but the grass under the shade seem unhappy, the soil become black and the grass become thin..
    anyone got any solution?

    • Hi Mabel,

      Grass under shaded area becomes thin because not enough sunlight. Do note that these grasses (Phil, Japanese, etc) needs lots of sunlight to grow nice and green. Agree with TheRenovator too, soil becomes black due to fungus. When grass grow in less sunlight and too much water, fungus will form in the soil.

  4. Hi, May i know where i can bought the MONUMENT LIQUID HERBICIDE, and how much should i apply for about 1000sqft gardern?

    Thank you.

    • I too have the problem with the weeds. My gardener is too lazy to pull the weeds. Where can I get monument herbicide and do anyone have number for a good gardener ?

  5. Hi and thank you for the great review. I do have a question about the hardiness of the cow and the philippines grass. Which one stands better against dogs poo/pee? Sorry for the gross question, but I do have two dogs and they tend to do their business outside.


  6. I am looking for grass that can grown under my full grown bamboo..:) I tried cow grass and the Japanese grass but i think they need sunlight.

    • Hi Chong YL, yes grass needs light. Full grown bamboo tends to shed leaves and covers the grass so the grass don’t do well. Maybe create a Japanese style garden with rocks? Anyone else care to chip in?

  7. Hi I am choosing the suitable grass for my garden and in fact I prefer Japanese grass. But I am afraid about drainage as I only put sand underneath the soil. So does Japanese grass required good drainage to drain away rain water?

  8. Hi, I am new to having a garden…I have a few dogs too. Currently there are a lot of weed and other species of undesirable grass growing in my garden. Which type of grass would best suit my garden considering my pets and something which is cost saving in the long run as well as environmentally friendly? Your feedback is much appreciated, thanks.

  9. Hi, i am planning to plant grass. I love Japanese grass compare to Philippines. What I need to consider? A lot of ppl prefer philippine. Other than cost, anything else I need to be aware of for Japanese?its just 350 sq feet

  10. I have a small garden (500sqft). I planted pearl grass three years ago and I practically only have weeds now. I have cleared the whole thing now and intend to plant cow grass. I sincerly hope they are more hardy against the weeds. I have totally cleared the weeds but worry that they will re-grow again. And many birds visit my lawn

  11. Hi there,
    I would like to rebuild a football field I would like to know if anyone can advice how to do it.. And what grass to use.. The main reason is to use the field for friendly matches and tournaments.
    The field is bad shape at the moment as its not even and also not much of grass..there is maybe 60% of grass now and the balance is only sand..
    Please advice or call me at 0142285223 (what’s app)

  12. Hi, I stumble upon your forum when I was searching for a solution for my garden. About 4 years ago, I got my new semi-d house and planted carpet grass on the whole area of about 20×30 ft. It costed me more than RM2,500 (grass and labour). However, over time, a lot of wild weed has grown on it, especially on certain patches where my 2 beagles like to do business. The weeds grow very long and the roots are very deep in a very fast manner. I have tried weeding, but they grow faster than my efforts. I mow it now myself, almost monthly, but it is really tiring. So, I am thinking of revamp the whole garden by replacing it with pearl grass as I heard people said that it is maintenance free, ie, no need to mow. Here are my questions :

    1) is it true that pearl grass really do not need to be mowed?
    2) is it possible that I revamp my garden on my own by buying patches of the pearl grass and plan myself? If yes, how should it be done?
    3) if there are certain patch of my current garden that are totally invaded by weeds, is it possible that if I take up a certain patch of the still healthy carpet and grass and plant over it, the carpet grass will then, over take the weed again?

    • My own experience with pearl grass is they grow very slowly and they grow horizontally flat over the ground. They were overtaken by weeds in places where there are gaps. I found that weed seeds will take root in any garden. If you don’t get them out by hand when they are small and just mow them, you are actually spreading more seeds everywhere, eventually it will be a losing battle.

  13. anyone heard about batik grass and got experience to share? i’m looking for the least maintenance type of grass. tq.

  14. Hi do you recommend aerating lawns? I have Japanese grass and am trying to do what’s best for it. Is this recommended at all in Malaysia since no gardener (read grasscutter) I’ve used has said a word about aerating lawns?

    • Eugene, I saw that done on golf courses where a heavy barrel surrounded with sharp spikes pulled over the golf course with a tractor. If your soil is heavily compacted, then you may want to give it a try.

  15. Hi great website & great articles too. I love having a garden and am planning to add a 5~6 chicken as pets and for fresh eggs too. However which grasses would do well, please rank them from best to least, if chickens were to be added. Area approx 12,000 sqft, thinking of having them free range certain time of the day. Or would I be adding more problems not only to the garden but myself too?

    • Hi Jeffrey,

      thanks for leaving a comment. I’m not sure what’s the best type of grass for rearing chickens. I have to say check the local council laws for rearing chickens. There could be a limit on the numbers less your neighbours complain of odors.

  16. Hi there,

    May I know what can be done if fungus has grown onto the grass patches? Some parts of my garden do not get enough sun and gets a bit water logged..

  17. Hi, I have planted philippines carpet grass in my 1500 sqft lawn 2 months back. I have recently fed them with fertilizers too last week. I think it’s time to buy a mower. I can see tiny yellow flowers are growing all over which is giving grass yellowish shade.

    Can you please recommend some grass trimmer models? I guess i would need to do the trimming monthly or bi-monthly? Though i have tennis elbow, but I still prefer to do the gardening myself, so don’t want to eave the task to gardener.

    Your suggestion will be appreciated. I need to buy the trimmer which is compact and easy on my hands too.

    • I have garden lawn around 761 sqft (exclude flower bed). My front garden receive full sun light, but there are some part has shade which is near to awning. My side garden received afternoon sun start from 1pm. I am not sure which type of grass i should plant? should i have different type of grass for front and side garden? look forward for your reply. Thanks

  18. Great blog. Very good information on all grasses. I just had my lawn 1000 sqft of Philippine grass and they are doing good. I do recommend this grass to others. Planning for another 500 sqft soon. Can be bought for rm1.60 (1×2 sqft) nearby Subang Airport, lot 53/54 if not mistaken. Happy gardening.

  19. Hi! I am planning to renovate my garden with Philippine carpet grass. Would like to seek your opinion on whether it is suitable to do so in the month of September as it is approaching monsoon season in the month of November and December. I am worried that the rainy season may affect the growth of the grass later. Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks! Have a nice day!

    • Hi! I’ve planted philippines grass about 3 months ago. It’s always infested with a small whitish flying pest which lives in the grass. Then the grass dies like brown patches. I did get some chemical to spray recommended by the nursery nearby. That fix is very temporary. The 2 weeks you spray it’s fine. The moment you stop it comes back and I think its affecting my other plants too.
      Any suggestion or recoomendation please.

  20. I bought my zoysia (Japanese) grass for only RM3 per pellet .1 feet by 2feet which is 2square feet per pellet/tile/piece . How come it can shoot up to RM10 per square feet or RM20 per 2 square feet ????.

  21. Following Pal’s 21 March 2016 comment, I too have yellowish flowers in my Philippine grass (PG). I am just wondering if the yellow flowers are part of the Philippine grass or weeds ?! When I first planted the PG, I had almost 6 species of weeds growing but nothing like just pulling them out by hand from the roots. I also got a regular gardener who sprayed his own concoction of weed killer and after just 2 applications i am down to just 1 specie of stubborn weed !

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