Welcome to Australia's Ultimate Buffalo Grass Comparison.
For the very first time, Australian mums and dads have an easy to understand guide on buying the best buffalo grass for their yard. All information is based on independent buffalo grass research which was sponsored by all buffalo grass license holders in Australia.
In creating the Ultimate Buffalo Grass Comparison, we wanted to create a resource for Australians which was easy to read and follow and understand at a glance, which also had in depth comparisons, and which also contained summary information about the different aspects of each of these buffalo grass quality factors.
This Ultimate Buffalo Grass Review contains a summary of all the most important aspects of buffalo grass quality which should be of highest importance to anyone considering buying a new buffalo grass lawn.
In addition to this buffalo grass review, we have exhaustive data and supplementary information concerning these reviews in each of the quality factors for more in depth reading and research for new buffalo lawn buyers.
The supporting quality ratings articles for each category can be found in the menu to the left of this article.
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Primary Considerations ~ Most Important Aspects Of Turf Quality
Least Amount Of Thatch
Thatching levels are one of the most important considerations when choosing or growing a buffalo lawn. Buffalo is known for its thick thatch layer which continuously builds up over the years… and grows more thatch, and faster, when grown in full sun conditions.
Therefore, a buffalo which grows the least amount of thatch is of very high importance.
Palmetto is the buffalo which grows the least amount of thatch in partial shade conditions, and most importantly... in full sun conditions too.
However, when we consider buffalo thatching, we should place our most important consideration only on thatch levels in full sun conditions, because this is our greatest concern as buffalo lawn owners. The following data represents buffalo thatch in full sun.
While Buffalo can indeed be grown in full sun and partial shade conditions, buffalo has always historically been considered a shade grass. This is because buffalo grass has high shade tolerance, and develops more thatch at a more rapid rate when grown in full sun.
All buffalo grasses have high shade tolerance by their nature. However, if you are expecting higher than average shade levels on your property, then it would be wise to plant a buffalo lawn with the greatest shade tolerance possible.
Always remember, even buffalo will need some sunlight each day, and will not grow in health past 70% shade levels, as no other grass can either.
Sapphire is Australia's most shade tolerant buffalo grass.
Third ~ tieShademaster
Third ~ tieSir Walter
Buffalo is prone to heavy thatching at greater speed when grown in full sun, so in this respect we believe that the number one quality people should look for when growing buffalo grass in full sun, is to have the buffalo grass which thatches the least when grown in full sun.
Second to this most important aspect, would then be other factors such as low maintenance levels, less mowing etc.
Palmetto won as the buffalo which thatches the least when grown in full sun conditions, as well as requires the least mowing and least maintenance of all buffalo grasses we compare when grown in full sun conditions.
Third ~ tieMatilda
Third ~ tieSir Walter
Drought recovery is extremely important for all home lawns in Australia today. While one lawn may stay greener longer when drought conditions arrive, this has no bearing on whether the lawn will recover after water restrictions or drought has ended. Seriously, whats the point in having one grass type which stays green a few weeks longer - then refuses to recover when drought or water restrictions end - or possibly even dies off completely as a result...
Our supporting articles cover all drought levels tested including 80% 50% and 33%. However, as only the 33% drought test truly represents real drought conditions, we have only taken data concerning the 33% drought levels as these most faithfully represent true drought or water restriction conditions.
Palmetto is the winner by a massive margin over all competitors in full and fastest recovery after drought or water restrictions have ended. Ensuring Palmetto to fully green up and recover long before other buffalo grasses have only begun to try and recover.
Secondary Considerations ~ Less Important Aspects Of Turf Quality
Wear and Tear Tolerance
For all lawns which are expected to be subject to heavy wear and tear, then wear and tear ratings, meaning the ability of the turf to withstand and recover from wear and tear is extremely important. If this is the case for the homeowner, we have a clear winner.
We decided to place wear and tear in the secondary importance profile for the reason that the majority of homeowners who want a heavy wear and tear lawn for full sun, most likely will not choose buffalo as the preferred turf choice, and that most lawn areas in shade are not generally subject to heavy wear and tear, as such areas are generally close to trees or have a garden or path installed instead of turf..
However, we understand that everyone's needs and wants for their lawns are different, and so if your new buffalo lawn is expected to undergo heavy wear, and needs high recovery speed, then Matilda is that buffalo.
Matilda withstands the greatest wear and tear, and recovers from heavy wear and tear at greater speed than all other buffalo grasses in our test results.
Winter colour refers to the ability of each buffalo grass type to retain its green colour over winter, with least amount of brownng off or loss of green when the weather turns cold.
We all want a lawn which looks its best all year round, with the best colour all year round, and to have a grass such as Shademaster which turns brown or even purple over winter in colder regions is totally unacceptable.
But at the same time, we must be reminded that winter colour should not be the number one deciding factor when choosing a new buffalo lawn. Factors such as low maintenance, lowest thatch levels, shade tolerance and drought recovery are all far more important.
As long as the most important aspects of turf quality are met, then winter colour is secondary. Four of the grasses listed here are of the highest quality soft buffaloes grown in Australia, and each holds good winter colour.
Palmetto maintains the best winter colour of all the buffalo grasses tested when grown in full sun.
Matilda maintains the best winter colour of all the buffalo grasses tested when grown in partial shade.
WINTER COLOUR IN FULL SUN:
WINTER COLOUR IN PARTIAL SHADE:
Buffalo Seeding Levels
Buffalo grass seeding can be a real nuisance for many people growing this grass as a home lawn. The stalks from buffalo seeding are thick and can be ugly and sometimes uncomfortable to walk across barefoot. However, seeding is very normal in all grass types, and will diminish after a few weeks.
Different buffalo grasses can seed at different levels and at different times of year, so the best way to assess the lowest and highest seeding levels in buffalo grass is to take year round seeding levels as the only reliable assessment.
We must note that a rather large anomaly was seen with Shademaster, which caused it to produce an unusually low seeding result at one stage in these trials, and which because it was so markedly different from its other assessments, we have concern about its reliability.
Palmetto won with the lowest seeding, with almost a tie with Sapphire for lowest seeding. Trailing somewhat further behind was Sir Walter, Shademaster and Matilda.
Palmetto is the Winner as the Best Buffalo Grass in Australia
Palmetto won across all categories which signify the best qualities homeowners should and would be looking for from a soft buffalo grass lawn for their home.
These buffalo quality factors include least thatch in full sun and partial shade, excellent drought recovery far exceeding its competitors, great sun tolerance and health when grown in full sun, as well as having very good winter colour and very low seeding levels. Palmetto is also a low maintenance buffalo grass, requiring less lawn mowing than other grasses listed here - with the exception of Sapphire which performed equal with Palmetto for low maintenance traits.
In summary, for the homeowner who wants a very high quality buffalo, with the best quality traits for home lawns, then Palmetto is clearly the buffalo grass we would look at first to be sure it meets all our requirements for our own home, and then look at the other better buffalo grasses to see how they may compare against the needs of our property and families.
Because although we can clearly say that Palmetto is the highest quality buffalo grass in Australia, we also do not want to forget the other premium buffalo grasses in the category.
Regardless of whether we choose, Palmetto, Sapphire, Matilda or Sir Walter, we can be guaranteed we'll be choosing and receiving a buffalo lawn of high quality and of which we will be happy with. Each has strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to choose the premium buffalo which best suits your own home needs and requirements.
Other Preferences In Choosing A New Buffalo Lawn
Of course there are other preference which come into play when choosing a new buffalo lawn type. And these may be based on any number of different factors, including personal preferences. After all, the homeowner should be happy with their new lawn in as many ways as possible.
We would hope these factors would place proven researched quality factors first, and to place all grass company advertising and slogans last, and to choose a new buffalo lawn that they know they'll love to have at their home.
Lets take a brief look.
Matilda would be best for people who have heavy wear and tear conditions as their highest priority, as Matilda will withstand and repair the worst wear and tear the best, or Matilda may be a good choice for people who just like the dwarf characteristics and dwarf appearance of this grass. Matilda also did well for colour, shade tolerance and drought recovery.
Sapphire would of course be the only choice for people who have shade tolerance as their highest priority, or for people who like Sapphire's unique slightly blue hue, or its fine leaf blades which give it a unique attractive appearance. Sapphire is also a low maintenance buffalo, requiring less lawn mowing, as well as having low thatch levels, and low seeding levels as well.
Sir Walter may be a good choice for people who need an all round good quality buffalo. Although not a winner in any of the most important buffalo quality ratings, Sir Walter is still a decent grass amongst its peers, and holds good year round colour, with good shade tolerance, and good wear and tear tolerance.
And while we cannot generally recommend Shademaster, this grass may be best for those on a budget. However, if this were the case we would generally recommend using a better buffalo and starting the lawn from runners instead, as a low cost alternative.
And at the end of the day, it really is the choice of the homeowner to do their proper research as best they can, and then to choose a lawn they know they'll be happiest with and which best suits their home.
Where To From Here
If we've answered your questions about which is the best buffalo in Australia, and you've gotten your answer that you're happy with, then by all means, go ahead and buy your new turf with confidence.
However, if you'd like to look a little deeper into all the buffalo types, we would highly recommend reading the supporting articles for each of the buffalo quality categories, as these will provide even greater insight into all buffalo reviews listed here.
What About Buffalo Disease, Weed Sprays and Other Factors
The four better buffalo grasses covered here are all high quality soft buffaloes. Palmetto, Matilda, Sir Walter and Sapphire. They all do very well with factors such as weed spraying, disease control, and other similar factors, so for the purpose of finding a place to end this buffalo grass review, we decided not to go further into all these secondary ratings.
Otherwise this already large article would have easily doubled in size, for no reason.
Truth In Buffalo Grass Reviews
These buffalo grass comparisons are based on the most extensive buffalo grass research studies ever conducted in Australia.
Our review honestly compares all listed buffalo grass types as they ranked in total across all test sites in the trials - combined. This gives us a TRUE picture of the performance of all buffalo grasses when tested side by side in many different plot sites across the nation.
TRUST BUFFALO LAWN CARE: to provide total turf study results to Australian buyers of buffalo grass. In this way - Australian mums and dads who are wanting to buy the very best buffalo grass type for their needs, can rest assured they are receiving the full picture and the total real world performance results of all buffalo grass brands when HONESTLY compared to each other side by side across all plots.
Buffalo Types Included In This Review
We included Australia's better selling, or more well known soft buffalo grass types in this review.
In undertaking the reviews section of Buffalo Lawn Care, we felt that the overwhelming majority of homeowners in Australia would be choosing between Palmetto, Sir Walter, Matilda and Sapphire for their new buffalo lawns. So this is where we focussed all of our attention.
Shademaster was added into the reviews to simply add another of the poorer selling buffalo grasses for comparisons sake.
Unfortunately, to add all buffalo lawn types for review would have massively increased the total work to complete this site, made all the reviews very long and exhausting, and would have become a large confusing mess for the majority of homeowners who are predominantly and only looking at the four main soft buffalo grasses we cover. So this is where we have put the entirety of our focus in our buffalo grass reviews.
Should the popularity of buffalo grasses change over the years, we will indeed update this site and its buffalo reviews as is necessary to reflect these changes.
Buffalo Grass Research:
These buffalo grass reviews are based upon the most comprehensive independent buffalo grass research ever conducted in Australia.
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