Most lawn fertilisers on the market today contain only a few basic nutrients, which will usually be two, sometimes 3 of the major nutrients, and perhaps two or three minor nutrients which are also called Trace Elements. Even the better quality fertilisers contain these few nutrients in the blends, albeit that the products they use in their blends are of very good quality.
The problem is that our buffalo lawns, and other lawns and plants require many different Trace Elements in their feeding, and when these nutrients are left out of the fertilisers we use, the lawn is left to take these nutrient from the soil. The problem is that because we are managing these grasses as lawns, their nutritional requirements are greater, and they simply cannot pick up all the nutrients they need from soils alone.
Fertilising Buffalo Lawns
Our buffalo lawns will of course require a good year round fertilising program to stay healthy. We do this by using a high quality lawn fertiliser which contains Trace Elements aka minor nutrients, and to be sure we choose a fertiliser which contains Phosphate as well. Phosphate is a major element which is necessary for root growth and health, but is sometimes lacking in some fertilisers these days.
However, despite this fertilising of our buffalo lawns and us working to have a healthy lawn, our turf still won't be getting all the nutrients it requires, which is especially true for Trace Elements.
To give our buffalo lawns the best chance of health we have the option of applying added nutrients to our turf in the form of Trace Elements and Iron Chelate.
Trace Elements Supplements
The fertiliser aisle of our favourite garden shop will sell trace elements in a small packet which will cost only a few dollars. These blends contain many of the minor nutrients which are lacking in most lawn fertilisers, but which are so vital to our lawns.
Because they are minor nutrients the package will only be small, and only small amounts are mixed up to be applied to the buffalo lawn.
Mix with water in a watering can as per manufacturers recommendations and be sure to measure the lawn area first so we're sure we're only applying the correct amounts of nutrients and no more. Excess application of any type of fertiliser can cause damage to our lawns.
The lawn is then lightly watered using the watering can with the trace elements.
Trace elements can usually be applied to the lawn once a year, and Spring is often the best time of year to do this.
Iron Chelate For Buffalo Grass
Buffalo grass loves a little extra Iron, which is another of the Trace Elements, and a nutrient most often lacking in many lawn fertilisers, except winter fertilisers which contain small amounts of Iron.
Just as we applied a Trace Elements mix to our buffalo lawn, we can also do the same with an Iron supplement too.
Being sure we've measured the lawn area and mixed the correct amount of Iron Chelate in the watering can, we apply the Iron mix as we did with the trace elements.
The Iron Chelate will be available for sale right alongside the trace elements in the same size package, for about the same price.
All lawns love a little extra Iron through Winter, so the best time to apply Iron Chelate to a buffalo lawn will be in late Autumn, about a month before winter sets in. This allows the turf to soak up some of the Iron while its still actively growing before the onset of winter.
Are Nutritional Supplements Necessary
In essence we can easily say that no nutrients are necessary for any lawn, however in missing out on fertilising our lawns they will substantially deteriorate in quality, and will become prone to many and most turf problems.
We apply all nutrients to lawns to keep them as green and as healthy and as trouble free as possible throughout their life. And the application of minor nutrients, including Iron will greatly aid our buffalo lawns in achieving the best health possible.
If the buffalo lawn owner is maintaining their turf to high quality without these supplements then there's probably little need for them.
However if the buffalo lawn is lacklustre throughout the year then Trace Elements may be just the key to good lawn health, or if we're finding it difficult to keep a good quality green colour through winter, then the Iron supplement prior to winter can also help greatly.