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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

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

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

Buffalo Grass

Lying on this soft Sapphire® Buffalo grass and comparing to all the other buffalo types near by, you notice how different it is. My name is Todd Layt and I’m the breeder of this grass and the main reason I chose it was for it’s fine texture.

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.

Sure, you’re probably thinking everyone says that about their grass but in this case it’s the Department of Primary Industry and Horticultural Australia research data that’ll do the talking.

Sapphire® Buffalo grass, in this comprehensive research, had the highest scores in shade tolerance data, higher than Sir Walter and better than all the other buffalo types sold in Australia. In fact it was the only popular variety to have acceptable quality at 50% shade and also had the highest score at 70% shade.

Now on that point, Sapphire® Buffalo grass will handle 50% shade with wear but if it’s 70% shade, low to moderate wear is recommended. Remember mow your Sapphire higher in shade.

Sapphire® does well in full sun and can tolerate significant wear. Sapphire® did very well in wear trials in this research. The data showed it had a similar winter colour to other types in many regions. It’s salt tolerance at saltwater pool levels was better than most and it grew less vertical than most of the others meaning a slight reduction in mowing.

Buffalo seed can cause some people allergies. The data from a trial at Richmond showed sapphire had 39% less seed than the average of the other popular buffalo types.

Scratchy leaf buffalo types like this old style scratchy buffalo can cause rashes. Sapphire has no barbs further down the side of it’s leaf so it’s very soft. Sapphire is the only Australian bred buffalo that has made it in the USA. In fact in 2007, data from a large US water authority showed that Sapphire had the best rating in summer. With Zero water for 30 days of all 7 buffalo types tested.

On a personal level I’ve noticed Sapphire has less thatch has excellent heat and humidity tolerance and new turf strikes quicker than other buffalo types but the real reason that Sapphire is so often chosen is because people just want the best looking lawn in the street.

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