Having a buffalo lawn turning brown can cause concern for many homeowners. Lawns turning brown, and buffalo lawns turning brown can be either a natural part of the life cycle of the lawn, or may be an inherent trait in a particular buffalo grass brand, or could be due to the lack of good lawn care practices being undertaken by the lawn owner. So lets take a look at why buffalo grass turns brown, and what we can possibly do to green up our lawns again.
Buffalo Grass Is Brown Throughout The Year
If the buffalo lawn is brown for the entire year, then this tells us that something is wrong with our lawn care practices, or the lawn could possibly have a disease of some type.
When looking at lawn care factors we understand that we must not be giving the turf something which it desperately needs for its health, and as a result the buffalo lawn is losing its colour as a sign of weakness in the turf. The two biggest factors responsible for lawn health are nutrients from fertilisers and soils, and water. For without adequate nutrients and water all lawns will become sick and turn brown and lose their colour.
With this in mind, we should begin a good year round lawn care regimen which involves regular lawn fertilising, and being sure the turf is receiving adequate water at the right times, always aiming to water the lawn deeply and less often. Other factors such as regular lawn mowing will also assist the buffalo lawn to stay green throughout the year.
Buffalo Lawn Brown In Winter
Some buffalo grass brands are more highly prone to going brown over winter than other buffalo lawn types. So your buffalo lawn may indeed be very prone to going brown over winter and there's probably nothing which can be done to change that fact to get the lawn to become greener over winter.
While we can never expect our lawns not to lose at least some of their green colour over winter, there are a few things we can do to ensure the greatest chance of health in our buffalo lawns over the colder months.
We should have a good year round lawn care regimen in place, as a healthy buffalo lawn throughout the year will naturally stand up to the winter months and remain in better health.
Applying a good quality winter lawn fertiliser in MAY and again in JULY will do wonders in helping keep a buffalo lawn green in winter, and will ensure the greatest green up of the lawn at the greatest speed when Spring arrives as well.
Raising lawn mowing heights in winter will also greatly aid in photosynthesis for the lawn over winter as well. In turn, this will ensure greater overall health to the grass over the colder months.
Buffalo Grass Grown In Colder Regions
Buffalo is not a lawn which likes cold climates very much, and as such we can expect our buffalo lawn to be more prone to turning brown over winter, and for longer periods of time when this grass type is grown in colder climates.
Once again, we can see from independent turf research that not all buffalo grasses perform equally in colder climates, some like Shademaster even turned purple over winter when grown in colder climates. So before buying a new buffalo lawn, it may be wise to research these things on an independent buffalo grass site.
If our lawn is being grown in a colder region, and after trying different methods to keep the buffalo turf greener at this time of year, and if we're not having any success, then it may be time to consider removing the buffalo turf, and planting a more cold tolerant turf in its place.
Buffalo Lawn Disease
Most lawn diseases will show themselves as growing in patches across different areas of the lawn, however sometimes and with some turf diseases, they can present themselves as covering the entire lawn, which in turn can make the lawn look brown and sick.
The worst of these buffalo diseases is Take All Patch, which is a deadly buffalo grass disease and is incurable.
If we've tried to improve our buffalo lawn care throughout the year and the lawn is still looking brown, then it may be time to call out a turf expert to look at our lawn, and take soil and leaf samples to be analysed for lawn disease, and appropriate measures taken to repair the problem, if possible.
Buffalo Lawn Pests
Black beetle often takes a lot of blame for bad lawn care by the homeowner. For some people who undertake no lawn care practices whatsoever and whose lawn is brown as a result, will often put the blame on black beetle, when in most cases this is not so, and poor lawn care is responsible for the poor quality buffalo lawn. We're not saying that lawn beetle wouldn't be a cause a lawn to be in poor health, because this can indeed occur… our point is that in most cases, there will be another reason why our lawn is turning brown.
Other pests such as army worm or cutworm and others will be so destructive to the turf and in such a very quick span of time that our lawns won't just be brown all the time or turn brown slowly over time, but will instead begin dying off very suddenly and very quickly that we'll know that lawn pests are responsible for the sudden damage, and often death of the buffalo lawn.
Conclusion - Buffalo Lawn Turning Brown
There are two main reasons buffalo lawn will turn brown, these are due to lawn care practices, or lack thereof, or will be due to the buffalo turf itself, either the wrong buffalo grass brand is being grown or we're growing buffalo in the wrong region - or a combination of both.
Second behind this will be things such as lawn disease and lawn pests which may be responsible for the buffalo lawn turning brown, but these things generally present themselves differently than just as a lawn which is brown or isn't holding its green colour throughout the year.
So in repairing a buffalo lawn which is brown, our first course of action is to begin to implement a good year round lawn care regimen for our buffalo turf, and paying special attention to the pre-winter and mid-winter fertilising for the lawn. And then if the problem persists, we can then move onto other possible causes for our buffalo lawn turning brown.