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Tips For Buffalo Grass

Among the most favorite varieties of turf in Australia, the name of buffalo turf can be put on top without any hesitation. There are actually several reasons behind this and one of them is that it is extremely easy to maintain. All you have to do is follow some very simple tips related to maintenance of buffalo grass and some of them are discussed below.

Note that the tips given below in this post apply on several versions including Sir Walter, Palmetto, Shade master, Sapphire, Matilda and so on.

Fertilizing

  • This turf, especially if it is Soft Leaf Buffalo turf requires very high quality fertilization all-year round to give its best appearance in your property.
  • This is considered important because in its absence, it can lose its colour, health and vitality.
  • Therefore, it is recommended that you should fertilize it every two months with a good quality lawn fertilizer.
  • The rate to be applied should be manufacturer recommended and also the application rates.
  • Never apply more than that recommended by the manufacturer as this can damage it partially or even completely.
  • While purchasing, you need to ensure that it has Trace Elements and you should switch to a winter fertiliser for applications in May and July.

Iron Chelate application

  • You would be surprised to know that several variants including Matilda soft leaf buffalo enjoy a little bit extra iron in their diet.
  • This means that applying iron supplement once a year during spring or autumn season can generate high-quality results.
  • If the buffalo turf is appearing pale despite receiving adequate water and mowing as per the specifications, you should understand that it requires some iron supplement.

Mowing

Mowing on a regular basis plays a very crucial role in increasing the natural appearance.

  • This actually keeps it away from developing too much thatch.
  • It also reduces the risks of scalping and damaging the lawn.
  • It will slow the buffalo runners from creeping into surrounding gardens.
  • It will promote greener leaf growth and results in a lush and softer Buffalo turf.
  • Mowing twice a week is recommended for some faster growing types such as Sir Walter.
  • The best looks can be achieved only when the lawns are cut at recommended heights of between 35-65 mm.

Watering

As far as watering is concerned, the top recommendation is that it should be done only in the morning and experts cite three reasons behind this recommendation.

  • First is that it provides water to the soil throughout the day during warm weather conditions.
  • Watering at night results into mostly water draining away through the soil before the lawn can use it.
  • Thirdly, if somehow water stays there overnight, it will promote development of fungus and several other diseases.

Thatch Control

Thatch build up is one of the biggest long-term concerns, irrespective of which version of buffalo turf you are using. The reason is the lack of underground runners to repair from, unlike other grasses like Couch and Zoysia.