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Buffalo – The most cost effective landscape

People often think of turf rolls or slabs as being the expensive option when it comes to ground coverings for their yards. In reality laying Buffalo turf could save you big dollars and the benefits associated with having turf in your yard are plentiful.

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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

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 ]

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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Choosing The Right Lawn For Your Situation

Choosing the right lawn for your situation depends on the level of shade, how much wear, desired maintenance, aesthetics, available water, where you live and off course cost.

Choosing The Right Turf

Firstly if you have more than 70% shade no true grass will work. Go instead for a ground cover such is the spreading fine leaf lily turf called Isabella® Liriope muscari ‘LIRF’ PBR. This is a mow once per year lawn that needs to be planted by plugs, or small pots.

If you have between 45% and 70 % shade you’ll want to choose a Buffalo type. Buffalo however does also work well in full sun, and is the most popular lawn type in Australia, so it ticks most of the boxes, and can be used in most situations.

Choosing which type of Buffalo can be confusing, particularly with all the advertising hype surrounding Buffalo turf. The most tested and proven types are un-doubtably Palmetto, Sir Walter, and Sapphire. All three are good lawns.

Research has shown Palmetto is clearly the lowest maintenance Buffalo, requiring far less mowing and edging, and it also has the best winter colour. In fact, it is the biggest selling lawn in the world.

Sir Walter is a solid Buffalo, and has become quite popular, but often it is more expensive than the others. Sapphire has the same basic benefits as Sir Walter but with a much finer leaf and according to department of Primary Industries shade research data, is the best in shade. These three types of buffalo are soft so they are low allergenic. Some buffalo types like the old common Sydney buffalo have Scratchy barbs further down the leaf so make sure you choose a soft one. Also avoid thatchy and spongey types.

As impressive as Buffalo is, there are some circumstances where other turf types are better. If you have a dog, and it’s a sunny yard with very little shade, then Kikuyu is the best. Kikuyu is also the cheapest grass, but be warned it is a lot of work.

Kenda Kikuyu has the best winter colour of any drought tolerant turf and best of all, it has 4 times as many underground runners, which really helps it cope with rampaging dogs. If you don’t have a dog in your back yard, go for another grass. (unless you love to use your mower?)

If you want the ultimate low maintenance drought tolerant lawn, go for a Zoysia. For full sun to 40% shade, this lawn will provide you with a lot more free time. Probably the most impressive things about a Zoysia Lawn, is the fact that they are more lawn grub resistant, and that they are so wear tolerant. There are 2 types widely sold in Australia. Empire is well known, and has the nick name EZ grass. It needs a third the mowing of Kikuyu, and 30% less than Buffalo. Nara, is the other, and it is Australia’s only instant lawn native turf. This Aussie native is real toughy, yet truly beautiful.

There are more lawn types than this, but most are not as suitable for home lawns except for very specific use. Couch due to its tendency to scalp, and poor home performance is best left for high maintenance sporting fields, and Tall fescue needs way too much water for the Australian home lawn, unless you live in a high rainfall colder climate.  Queensland Blue couch lets weeds in too easy, but it is pretty drought tolerant.

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