While a beautiful lush and healthy Buffalo lawn is something we all desire, there are some important drawbacks when Buffalo begins growing too quickly. The main concerns for homeowners whose Buffalo lawn is growing too fast will be increased lawn mowing requirements, and increased possibility of scalping the lawn as the thatch layer increases in thickness in-between lawn mowings.
And nobody wants to be spending every Summer's weekend mowing the grass, or putting their lawn at risk of scalping and yellowing if it's absolutely avoidable.
The key here will then be to bring balance between good lawn health, and having a manageable Buffalo Grass lawn.
Reasons For Buffalo Grass Growing Fast
There are a few different reasons why a Buffalo lawn will grow at faster than normal speed, so we need to track down the cause which is particular to our lawn and make a slight adjustment to the lawn care practice which is causing the overgrowth.
Too Much Water: this is by far the most common cause for Buffalo grass growing too fast - as a remedy, simply reduce watering times, aiming for no more than 2 waterings per week, and adjusting reticulation times until just the right balance of growth is achieved.
Too Much Fertiliser: by applying lawn fertiliser either too often, or in higher than recommended quantities, the Buffalo lawn will respond accordingly and produce excessive amounts of growth. To remedy - implement a good year-round fertilising program based on manufacturers recommendations and using quality lawn fertilisers.
Buffalo Grass Type: this is another very important reason why some Buffalo lawns grow at immense speed, and other Buffalo lawns do not. There can be very big differences between each of the Buffalo grass types in their growth rates, and as a direct result will be the corresponding increased lawn mowing requirements of each turf type. There really is no remedy to this if the lawn is already in the garden, except to try and slow growth rates in other ways. For new Buffalo lawn buyers, it would be very prudent to research each of the different Buffalo lawn types and their growth rates before purchase.
Slowing Buffalo Grass Growth Rates
Once the cause of the rapid lawn growth has been identified, it's simply a matter of continuing to slightly reduce either water or fertiliser amounts until a perfect balance of lawn health and lawn growth is achieved.
This balance should require the Buffalo lawn to me mowed no more than once every two weeks in the Summer time, with each mowing removing only one third of the leaf blade length in a single mowing.
Once this balance has been achieved, the formula for watering and fertilising will be adjusted slightly as the cooler times of year emerge, and then returning to these best lawn care practices once Summer arrives again.
Regular Lawn Mowing Is Important
If your Buffalo lawn is experiencing rapid growth, then it will become very important to continue regular lawn mowing frequencies which will match the growth rates of the grass.
This is because as the leaf growth is growing at speed, so too will be the thatch layer of the Buffalo grass. Buffalo lawn thatch must always be monitored and controlled by a process of regular lawn mowing. Once a Buffalo lawn has excessive amounts of thatch it can become extremely difficult to safely remove it.