These are the basic buffalo lawn care tips which all owners of a Soft Buffalo lawn should follow to keep their lawns in the best condition possible.
These are the foundations of lawn care for all Buffalo lawn types including Sir Walter, Palmetto, Shademaster, Sapphire, Matilda and so on. Should the lawn encounter any other turf problems, then further research and remedies will need to be undertaken to correct any other issues.
Buffalo Lawn Fertilising
Your Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn will require a good quality, year round fertilising program in order to keep looking at it's best. Without this lawn care, a Soft Buffalo lawn can lose it's colour, health and vitality.
Fertilise every two months with a good quality lawn fertiliser at manufacturers recommended application rates. Do not apply more fertiliser than recommended as this can damage the lawn.
Purchase a high quality fertiliser from a local fertiliser manufacturer in your State, ensure the fertiliser includes Trace Elements, and switch to a Winter fertiliser for applications in May and July. There is no need to purchase specific Buffalo lawn fertilisers as these are often expensive and will give no more benefit to your Buffalo lawn.
Buffalo lawns do enjoy a little extra Iron in their diet. Applying an inexpensive Iron supplement once a year in Spring or Autumn will do wonders for the health of your Soft Buffalo lawn.
If your Soft Buffalo lawn is looking a little pale, and it's receiving adequate water and is being mowed at correct heights, then it may well be needing an Iron Supplement.
Buffalo Lawn Mowing
Regular lawn mowing is vital to the health of Buffalo grass. This will keep the lawn from developing too much thatch, will reduce any risk of scalping and damaging the lawn, will slow the Buffalo runners from creeping into surrounding gardens, and promote more green leaf growth - resulting in a more lush Soft Buffalo lawn.
For some of the faster growing Buffalo lawn types such as Sir Walter, lawn mowing may need to done weekly during the active growing season of the year.
The very best results and nicest Soft Buffalo lawns will always be achieved when Buffalo lawns are cut at recommended heights of between 35-65mm.
Buffalo Lawn Disease
Buffalo grass can be prone to disease infections such as Brown Patch. Most of these infections will result in circular brown patches on the grass. The very best way to control these diseases is to aerate the lawn, cut the grass higher, stop fertilising during the outbreak, ensure to water only in the morning and apply wetting agents if necessary.
Garden and lawn fungicides can also be used, but their effectiveness can be hit and miss, and the lawn conditions which caused the disease outbreak will need to be permanently addressed so as not to have another outbreak.
Buffalo Lawn Watering
Watering your Buffalo lawn should only ever be done in the mornings, and this is for three reasons. First, it provides the lawn with water in the soil throughout the day when the weather is warmest and when the grass is most actively growing. Second is when lawns are watered at night, much of the water drains away through the soil before the lawn can use it - this wastes water. But most importantly is that when water is left sitting on the lawn surface overnight, this will greatly promote fungal diseases.
Buffalo Thatch Control
Buffalo thatch build up can be one of the biggest long term concerns for all Buffalo lawn owners. One of the reasons for the concern is that de-thatching by means of vertimowing can be extremely difficult with Buffalo lawns. This is because Buffalo has no underground runners to repair from, unlike other grasses like Couch and Zoysia.
Control thatch by mowing lower than normal at least once or twice a year in early Spring or late Autumn. Be very careful not to remove too much material with any single mowing as this could damage or even kill the lawn in areas. Take the lawn thatch down gently, and even gradually reduce the mowing height with 2-3 mowings 1 week apart. After enough thatch has been removed, bring the lawn mowing back up to recommended heights of between 35-65mm.
Applying wetting agents are another one of those essential lawn care practices which all lawn owners should do at least once or twice per year. The wetting agents will act on the soil and allow more water to flow freely, disperse more evenly and hold onto water for longer in the soil in the case of hydrophobic soils.
Wetting Agents are best applied once before Summer begins, and once after Summer ends.