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?
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.