Category Archives: Buffalo Turf

Turf varieties for Subtropical regions

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Zoysia grasses are quickly gaining popularity in Queensland and subtropical regions.

Their drought and humidity tolerance makes them an excellent choice, but one of the things that makes Zoysia stand above the rest is that it is more resistant to pests and diseases and best of all it is lower maintenance in these climates, they are slower growing and therefore less mowing is required.

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How to have the best looking lawn on the street

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Drought and other factors can play a big part in how good or bad your lawn looks. But to keep your lawn looking great may be easier than you think, consistent and regular care is the secret. The question of where to start always comes up, this article will help you answer this and many other questions.

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The Soft Leaf Buffalo Turf Grass Review Site | Easy Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn Weed and Pest Control

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A lot of the time the best products to use on your lawn for weed and pest control are only sold in larger commercial quantities making them very expensive and not really cost effective for the average home owner. So you need to ask yourself, is it really worth purchasing these chemicals for an average size home lawn? The answer would be no, it would be far cheaper and much easier to have a lawn care professional come in and take care of this for you. For more information on weeds, pests and the products used to eliminate them Click Here

Important…Read this article before buying a new Buffalo Lawn

Thatch is one of the most important things to take into consideration when buying a Buffalo turf grass. The old-style Buffalo turf grass from the 1970’s would thatch badly, causing maintenance difficulties. Over the past decade people have been able to enjoy the benefits of three stand out low thatch Buffalo turf grasses. To find out more about these three turf grasses and the complications that thatch can cause Click Here

Cutting through the hype…We look at the best buffalo lawn types

Australian’s need to cut through the hype of grass company publicity and select the best grass type to suit their home lawn requirements; Buffalo or other. Here we have a more in depth look at 3 of Australia’s top selling Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn grass varieties.

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Getting the right lawn for your home

With so many different varieties of turf available today, how do you know which is the right one for your home? Buffalo grass is one of the best lawn varieties available, but is it right for your lawn?

Firstly you will need to determine the requirements for your lawn and make your decision from there.

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5 Great Buffalo Grass Articles

What Makes a True Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass? – Microscopic Buffalo Grass Photos

What Makes Buffalo Grass So scratchy

By Katrina Layt. This is what the tip of an old style scratchy Buffalo grass leaf looks like. These barbs you can see are what give you that scratchy feel on the old style Buffalo. What we can learn from these photos is that certain Buffalo types may not be as soft as they claim. […read more ]

 

Sapphire® Buffalo Grass – Because people just want the best-looking lawn in the street

Choosing The Right Turf

This leaf (on your left) is typical of the other buffalo types and this leaf (on your right) is the finer Sapphire®  leaf.  Sapphire® is not only the most beautiful buffalo turf on the market – with it’s beautiful green fine soft texture – it is one of the toughest and most functional […read more ] Click here for more info on Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass

 

3 Ways To Kill Kikuyu From Your Buffalo Lawn | Palmetto Buffalo Grass Articles

3 Ways To Kill Kikuyu From Your Buffalo Lawn- Why winter is the best time to do it. Winter is definitely the best time to kill Kikuyu from your Buffalo lawn, (and Couch, or Zoysia grass too). Kikuyu remains active in many different areas of Australia, whilst the other grass types almost stop growing. […read more ] Click here for more info on Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass

 

Killing And Keeping Weeds Out Of Your Lawn | Palmetto Buffalo Grass Articles

Killing And Keeping Weeds Out Of Your Lawn The best 2 ways to prevent weeds is by mowing regularly, and choose a lawn like Buffalo or Zoysia that naturally competes well with weeds. As for killing and keeping weeds out of your lawn, read on… Broad leaf weeds have broad generally flat leaves and can […read more ]

 

How To Water And Fertilise Warm Season Turf | Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Articles

How To Water And Fertilise Warm Season Turf. The following advice is so you can learn how to water and fertilise warm season turf types like Buffalo, Couch, Kikuyu and Zoysia type lawns and won’t be suited to cool climate lawns such as Fescue, Rye Grass, and Blue Grass. In many parts of Australia it […read more ]

What Makes a True Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass? – Microscopic Buffalo Grass Photos

By Katrina Layt

This is what the tip of an old style scratchy Buffalo grass leaf looks like. These barbs you can see are what give you that scratchy feel on the old style Buffalo. What we can learn from these photos is that certain Buffalo types may not be as soft as they claim.

What Makes Buffalo Grass So scratchy

With real soft leaf Buffalo grass, the tip of the leaf shouldn’t be similar to this old scratchy Buffalo.

WHy is Buffalo Grass So Scratchy?

One new Australian variety (pictured above) claims to be “soft leaf” when in reality it is just as bad as the old style.

What makes all the difference (and the reason these barbs are much more irritating than soft leaf Buffalo) is the arrangement of the barbs. As you can see (above) they’re staggered like sharks teeth, unlike soft leaf Buffalo whose barbs are more flattened and in line.

Even halfway down the leaf you can still see the scratchy barbs on these two varieties, (Below) although they aren’t as severe.

Why is Buffalo Grass Sharp?

How come Buffalo Grass is Scratchy

A true soft leaf Buffalo looks like the two varieties (below), Sapphire and Palmetto. The tip of the leaf still has some barbs, although they are much smaller and aren’t staggered.

Sapphire Buffalo Turf

Sapphire Buffalo – Top of leaf (Above)

Palmetto Buffalo Grass

Palmetto Buffalo Top of leaf (Above)

Halfway down the leaf there are no barbs at all! This is what makes a true soft leaf Buffalo.

Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo

Sapphire Buffalo – half way down the leaf (Above)

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo

Palmetto Buffalo – half way down the leaf (Above)

You won’t need to find a microscopic photographer to test out each grass that claims to be a soft leaf Buffalo (unless you want some more evidence). You can simply feel the difference by going to your local turf farm and looking at their sample plots.

Don’t just take our word for it, or anyone else’s for that matter. Test it out yourself by feeling the turf.

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Why Palmetto Buffalo Turf is the best-selling brand of Buffalo Turf in the World

I just love the dark emerald green colour of Palmetto Buffalo Turf.  I’d like to share with you the reasons why Palmetto is the best-selling brand of Buffalo turf in the world. So just how does Palmetto compare to the other popular Buffalo types?

WHich Buffalo Turf Has The Best Winter Colour

 

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Firstly it has the best winter colour of any Buffalo turf. This research conducted over a few years showed Palmetto compared to standard Soft leaf Buffalo and Sir Walter. Palmetto had on average 55% better winter colour than Sir Walter, and 158% better colour than Standard Soft Leaf Buffalo.

Palmetto needs far less mowing, proven by two research projects, including the Department of Primary Industries which showed Palmetto grew a third less high. Palmetto was shown in the other research to produce 28% less clippings than Sir Walter. That’s a lot less catchers to empty, not to mention after you come back from holidays, your lawn won’t be a jungle.

Department of primary productions data shows Palmetto needs almost a third less edging than the average of the other popular Buffalos. Proof that Palmetto is the best lawn to lay near gardens. Palmetto was also shown to have good wear tolerance in the DPI research.

Choosing a Buffalo can be confusing, particularly with all the advertising hype surrounding Buffalo turf. That’s why researched facts like these are important. Some people are allergic to the pollen on grass. That’s why it’s great that in a Department of Primary Industry trial at Richmond, the data showed that Palmetto had on average 40% less seed heads.

Now the old style Buffalo was very scratchy and had barbs on the leaves just like this, which gave lots of people rashes, but Palmetto is beautiful and soft and down the leaf actually has no barbs at all. Beware, there is one new Buffalo type out there that has lots of scratchy barbs down it’s leaf, even though they claim its soft, so it is safer to simply buy soft Palmetto.

One thing I notice when walking on all these different Buffalo types in these research plots, is how much less Thatch Palmetto has compared to some. Look at the difference between this one, spongy hey, and this beautiful Palmetto.  The less thatchy nature of Palmetto makes it easier to mow.

When it comes to drought Palmetto has proven in a large research project conducted by a water authority that it can survive having the water turned off for 60 days in summer with no rain, and when the water was turned back on again it fully recovered in 60 days.

We do not recommend letting your lawn get this dry, but it proves how Drought tough Palmetto is. Only 2 types of Buffalo sold in Australia were proven to do this in that test. Palmetto has for a decade now performed very well in shade. This shade lawn is now 10 years old.

One thing research will not show you is how relaxing it is to lie on this lovely grass. I love its softness, its beauty, and its dark emerald green colour. In fact it has the darkest emerald green colour of any Buffalo lawn.

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Fertilising lawns in winter! Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising?

Fertilising lawns in winter!

Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising.

By Todd Layt

Most Aussies have been fertilising at the wrong times of the year. Highlighted in research,  our relatively warm winter climate, plus our change in turf types are reasons why we should be fertilising in winter, and less in Spring and Summer. This research conducted by Ozbreed has shown – even in frost prone areas – that it’s possible to keep Buffalo, Kikuyu and Zoysia turf green all year round when following optimum fertiliser applications and certain mowing practices. This research has designed recipes to keep these turf types green all year round in many parts of Australia, using specialized fertiliser formulations.

Fertilising Lawns

Most Australian studies of winter fertilising warm season turf have been conducted on couch turf, which in this study showed poor results. Most USA and other overseas research on winter fertilising has been conducted in regions that reach minus 10 Celsius or colder in winter, yet have warm temperatures for the rest of the year: regions such as Florida, Texas, and Georgia in the USA. In these regions winter fertilising can cause winter kill. In Australia, only climatic regions similar to Canberra, and Armidale get that cold and have the potential for winter kill if fertilised in winter. For the rest, like Melbourne, Sydney (Including frost affected Western Sydney where the research was conducted), Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane; this research unlocks the true potential of keeping lawns green in winter.

In brief, the research involved fertilising replicated plots of numerous turf types with many different timing combinations, using a specialized autumn and winter blend of slow and quick release fertiliser and iron. Earlier research highlighted that a product called 2 Spec Elevate from Globe, provided the best performance for winter colour compared to other fertilisers tested. Large areas around Ozbreed trial gardens were also tested, including shaded areas. Some areas were not fertilised at all, whilst others had either regular Autumn fertiliser, or heavy autumn fertiliser. Parts of these areas then either got no fertiliser in winter, or a heavy fertiliser in winter.

The results were unexpected…read more