Buffalo Lawn In Winter
All lawns have a tendency to lose a lot of their colour and health over Winter, this is due to the lawn going into a state of semi-dormancy, and in these times, the lawn has no ability to continue to grow and stay in a green healthy state.
Once Winter arrives, there is nothing that can be done to significantly improve the health of our lawns. However, with proper preparation prior to Winter, many of these problems can be overcome with success.
Buffalo Grass In Winter
Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is no different than other lawn varieties in that it will lose it's green colour and health over Winter. The problem faced by many Buffalo lawn owners is that if the lawn isn't properly cared for throughout the year - then it can become extremely pale when Winter arrives. This is more often noticeable in Buffalo than other grass types.
Preparing Buffalo Lawns For Winter
A green and healthy Buffalo lawn is the result of our lawn care throughout the year.
The overall aim is to maintain good lawn care year round which results in the optimum lawn health in Autumn, prior to Winter arriving.
Let's face it, with everyone so busy these days, it's difficult to keep on top of everything we need to do in our lives, and our lawn care is no different. These few lawn care tips should simplify the basics of Winter lawn care for us so we can all maintain a green Buffalo lawn over the cooler months.
Winter Lawn CareFertilise Year Round
One of the biggest mistakes we all make is to forget to fertilise our lawns regularly, fertilisers are the food and nutrients our lawns need, just like we need food and nutrients to thrive.
Learn how to adopt a good year round fertilising program for your Buffalo lawn. This usually involves applying a good quality fertiliser every 2 months, and applying a Winter fertiliser one month before Winter arrives and one application 2 months later in the middle of Winter.Iron and Buffalo Lawns
Buffalo grass requires a higher level of Iron than other lawn types. Iron is a Trace Element which should be found in all good quality lawn fertilisers. Iron aids greatly in maintaining a healthy dark green colour to lawns.
An extra application of Iron or combination trace Elements may also be applied once or twice per year during the active growing seasons (not Winter).High Wind Areas
Buffalo lawns on a corner block or other areas which are subject high winds should have their watering monitored to ensure sprinklers aren't wasting water which is being blown into the street. High wind areas will also subject the lawn soil to higher than average evaporation. Increased watering times will correct this problem.Lawn Mowing
Lawn mowing heights should be increased prior to Winter arriving, this allows the longer green leaf to produce greater photosynthesis during the low light of Winter.
Lawn mowing should be continued on a regular basis right up to the onset of Winter, and then continued in Winter at monthly frequency.
t doesn't matter if only a small amount of clippings are removed at each service, regular lawn mowing encourages lawns to produce more green leaf, and this will greatly help the Buffalo lawn to stay green and healthy throughout Winter.Other Lawn Care
Green healthy Buffalo lawns are totally dependent on their good lawn care throughout the year. By following good lawn care practices and rectifying problems such as clay soils, water repellent soils and soil nutrients in the growing seasons, we can greatly enhance our Winter lawn care and have a beautiful Buffalo lawn throughout the year.