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Buffalo Grass Seeding Rate

Buffalo grass seeding is another important factor when considering a buffalo grass type for possible purchase. Buffalo grass seeding is different from other lawn types in the fact that buffalo grass seeding presents itself as thick stalks which emerge from the lawn, on which the seeds themselves sit around the top of these stalks. Whereas with most other grass types, their seeding presents as being much thinner or even very fine in nature.

When buffalo lawns go to seed, the overall appearance of the lawn can suffer, the thick seed stalks will break easily under foot, but are very uncomfortable to walk across, the final problem with buffalo lawn in seed is that the weight of clippings in the lawn mower catcher will increase substantially during mowing.

And its for these reasons we believe that choosing a buffalo lawn which seeds least is an important deciding factor when buying a new buffalo lawn.

For ease of usefulness, we've once again narrowed down our comparisons amongst the more well known buffalo grasses only, which are most likely to be compared by new buffalo lawn buyers.

The following test results may prove contradictory for some buffalo grasses, while providing a high level of consistency for others. We'll discuss these factors in our Conclusion at the end of this article.

Buffalo Grass Seeding In Summer

Summer is the worst time of year for seeding in buffalo grass, so we've narrowed down our test results to give us correct readings for buffalo seeding for the summer months.

As well as this, the buffalo research was conducted in such a way as to give most importance to providing seeding results for the summer time. In fact, the only plot site to give year round test results was the Richmond Sun Site.

Summer Sun Trials For Buffalo Grass Seeding

These trials were conducted on buffalo grass being grown in full sun in the summer time.

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
3.2
4.2
6.4
5.6
5.6

Palmetto won with least seeding in summer sun trials, with far lower seeding than the grasses which came last on the list.


Sapphire came second.

Shademaster and Sir Walter tied for third.

Matilda came last.

Summer Shade Trials For Buffalo Grass Seeding

These trials were conducted on buffalo grass being grown in partial shade in the summer time.

Lowest numbers represent least seeding - Highest numbers represent greatest seeding.

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
2.4
5.3
4.6
1.3
5.5

Shademaster won in the summer shade trials with unusually low test results, which were not consistent with other other seeding trials for this buffalo grass type.


Palmetto came second by performing with equal consistency in the summer shade trials as well as the summer sun trials.

Matilda gained ground and came third place.

Sapphire came fourth.

Sir Walter came last.

Total Summer Seeding

These are the averaged results of both previously listed summer seeding trials for buffalo grass being grown in both partial shade and full sun.

Lowest numbers represent least seeding - Highest numbers represent greatest seeding.

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
2.8
4.7
5.6
3.5
5.6

Palmetto consistently performed very well with low seeding in both full sun and partial shade.


Shademaster came second, due to its inconsistent results from the summer shade trials.

Sapphire came third.

Matilda and Sir Walter tied for last place.

Year Round Buffalo Grass Seeding

The only plot site in these studies with year round test results for seeding over 5 different seeding tests undertaken throughout the year, was the Richmond Sun Site.

Which is a shame, because the year round trials are the most important trials for testing buffalo seeding throughout the entire year, and not just in the summer months, because some buffalo grasses can seed at different times of years than others - and the year round trials would provide us with the best results for finding out the very best buffalo in this class.

Lowest numbers represent least seeding - Highest numbers represent greatest seeding.

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
2.8
2.9
6.3
5.3
4.8

Even in the test results of buffalo seeding taken throughout the entire year, Palmetto won consistently again. Proving Palmetto as the lowest seeding buffalo grass by a very large margin.


Sapphire came second.

Sir Walter came third.

Shademaster came fourth, with a very different test result from its summer shade anomaly.

Matilda came last.

ONE BUFFALO WITH NO SEED - THE OTHER WITH MASSIVE SEED
Palmetto Buffalo Grass

- we can clearly see Palmetto in the front has zero seed heads when compared to one of the better selling buffalo grasses growing directly behind it…

PHOTO COURTESY OF OZBREED

Conclusion - Buffalo Grass With Least Seeding

As we can see, and have already mentioned at the top of this article, there is a lot of swinging and changing of the different grasses to take different places in the different trials of buffalo grass for seeding levels.

This is with one single exception.

Palmetto.

Palmetto consistently performed at highest levels of quality in all seeding trials, often with extremely large margins between it and the other buffalo grasses being trialled, thus making Palmetto the clear outright winner in these trials.

Sapphire and Shademaster consistently performed in the middle of seeding trials.

While Sir Walter and Matilda consistently performed at the lower end of seeding trials.

Buffalo Grass Research:
Independent Buffalo Research was conducted by HAL and Qld Dept of Primary Industries, and sponsored by all major buffalo grass license holders in Australia... Read More...

How Did We Work Out The Summer Sun Seeding Data:
We took all test results for buffalo seeding from all plot sites in direct sunlight, and then averaged these figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in these sun trials were Richmond and Sydney Botanical Gardens.

How Did We Work Out The Summer Shade Seeding Data:
We took all partial shade test results for buffalo seeding from all plot sites, and then averaged these figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in these partial shade trials were Richmond and Redlands.

How Did We Work Out The Year Round Seeding Data:
We took all test results for buffalo seeding from the Richmond Sun Site, which was the only plot site which conducted year round seeding trials, and then averaged these figures to provide an overall true test result average.

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