Buffalo Grass

Once upon a time, Buffalo lawn was widely used and most lovingly referred to as Ol’ Scratchy, due to its coarse and sharp leaf blades. These days, times have changed dramatically for the better for this well-loved favourite lawn grass in Australia.

Most Buffalo grasses sold today are Soft Leaf Buffalo varieties,with some of the most popular varieties being Sapphire®, Prestige®, and Palmetto®.

These new Buffalo lawn variants are a vast improvement over the days of old. They are soft, able to withstand wear and tear, and they have the best shade tolerance amongst almost every other lawn type – at around 70% shade tolerance.

These new Soft Leaf Buffalo grasses also have low invasive properties as opposed to lawn types such as Couch or Kikuyu grasses, and can be an excellent all round choices for Australian homes today.

Soft Leaf Buffalo grasses respond and grow well in sandy, lightly salty, or alkaline soils, they thrive in full sun as well being one of the best choices for partial shade tolerance.

Buffalo lawn is a warm season grass which has above ground runners (stolons), but has no underground runner (rhizomes).

Lawn Mowing Buffalo Grass

Lawn mowing heights for the new Soft Leaf Buffalo grass lawns should be higher than for other turf varieties, typically a height of 30 – 65 mm is desirable to maintain a healthy Buffalo lawn. Mowing heights should be increased in shaded areas to ensure a longer leaf blade which can absorb more sunlight and stay healthy in environments of diminished light. And likewise, lawn mowing Buffalo grass in full sun can easily have these mowing heights lowered.

Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn responds well to mowing with either a cylinder or rotary mower with good results expected from each.

Weed Spraying Warning

Any application of weed killers, especially those meant for Broad Leaf weeds, may damage or kill Buffalo grass. This is because the same principle that works to selectively attach the poison to the Broad Leaf of some weeds, acts in the same manner with the Broad Leaf blades of Buffalo Grass. This is also true for most forms of Weed and Feed type poisons.

Herbicides containing the active ingredients of Bromoxyl or MCPA are generally considered safe for Buffalo grass. Whereas herbicides containing Dicamba should always be avoided for use on Buffalo lawns. If in doubt, always check the label for safe use on Buffalo grass.

Also if in further doubt, test your herbicide in a small inconspicuous area of the lawn two weeks prior to any other application. Alternatively, hire a professional Weed Sprayer who is licensed and guarantees all lawn spraying work, it’s well worth it.

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