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Best Buffalo Grass Colour

Buffalo grass colour is another factor which was taken into consideration during the buffalo grass research studies. In the following trial results we have divided the ratings into four of the more important categories.

  • Buffalo grown in full sun during winter
  • Buffalo grown in partial shade during winter
  • Buffalo grown in full sun - year round
  • Buffalo grown in partial shade - year round

We must stress several points with these trials:

Colour ratings are of least importance when considering the overall quality of a new home lawn, except in cases where there may be a big problem which arises that may be of high concern.

Of far greater importance when determining buffalo grass quality would be shade tolerance, drought tolerance, drought recovery, and low maintenance.

Sapphire needs to be noted as an exception amongst the other contenders in this trial. Insomuch as Sapphire was specially bred to display a unique slightly blue hue, from which, Sapphire gets its name. In this respect, Sapphire may not be judged as well as other grasses when a test is being conducted for "greenness", so lets take that into consideration as well.

Buffalo Grass Colour In Winter Sun

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
5.00
4.87
4.97
4.35
4.95

Palmetto was the winner. Closely following behind were Matilda, Sir Walter and Sapphire, with Shademaster coming last.

Buffalo Grass Colour In Winter Partial Shade

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
5.62
5.60
6.15
4.97
5.92

Matilda was the winner, with Sir Walter, Palmetto and Sapphire following closely behind.

Shademaster displayed a big difference in colour, thus coming last.

Buffalo Grass Colour In Year Round Sun

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
5.94
5.80
6.00
5.77
6.04

Sir Walter was the winner, closely followed by all other buffalo grasses, with Shademaster coming last.

Buffalo Grass Colour In Year Round Partial Shade

Palmetto
Sapphire
Matilda
Shademaster
Sir Walter
5.85
5.75
5.92
5.42
6.12

Sir Walter was the winner, closely followed by all other buffalo grasses, with Shademaster coming last.

Conclusion - Best Buffalo Grass Colour

As we can see from the trial results, all grasses compared well against each other, often swapping places with each other as environments and conditions changed.

In fact, the results were so consistently close, they are almost negligible.

This is in stark contrast to turf quality ratings for very important factors such as drought tolerance and recovery, where we saw massive differences in turf quality and results from trials.

And as we stated in the beginning of this article, colour ratings are of least concern to determine turf quality when other more important grass traits are considered and available for review.

However, we must make one very strong exception…

Shademaster - A Disappointment

Shademaster performed closely for colour ratings amongst the other competitors in many cases, most notably in warmer regions. And when we look at overall averages displayed in this article, Shademaster may appear to perform somewhat ok alongside its rivals, although it does consistently come last… But beware… Shademaster has some very big deficiencies which may hide in overall results, but are proven out in individual results.

Shademaster must come with a warning not to grow this grass in cooler climates.

Data results from the Canberra Shade Site showed Shademaster to have extremely bad winter colour when compared to the other buffalo grasses we review on this site. With a colour rating of just 1.9 compared to Matilda with a winning score of 6.0, Matilda held a 300% better colour rating than Shademaster, with other competitors also reaching far greater colour ratings than Shademaster.

Data from the Canberra, Pakenham and Richmond Sun Sites also proved Shademaster to hold winter colour which was far inferior to its competitors by very large margins. The greatest margins here were when Shademaster scored a miserable rating of just 0.7 - compared to Palmetto with a winning rating of 3.2 - a whopping 450% difference in colour quality.

Shademaster was also seen and especially noted by researchers as repeatedly and consistently developing a very strong PURPLE colour in winter in cooler climates.

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 Winter Sun Turf Colour Data:
We took all winter test results from all sun plot sites, and then averaged these 12 test result figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in this sun trial were Richmond, Sydney Botanical Gardens, Canberra, Pakenham, Springfield Lakes, River Rocks and Redlands.

How Did We Work Out The Winter Partial Shade Turf Colour Data:
We took all winter test results from all shaded plot sites, and then averaged these 6 test result figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in this shade trial were Richmond, Canberra, Pakenham and Redlands.

How Did We Work Out The Year Round Sun Turf Colour Data:
We took all year round test results from all plot sites, and then averaged these figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in this sun trial were Richmond, Sydney Botanical Gardens, Canberra, Pakenham, Springfield Lakes, River Rocks and Redlands.

How Did We Work Out The Year Round Partial Shade Turf Colour Data:
We took all winter test results from all plot sites, and then averaged these figures to provide an overall true test result average. Sites included in this shade trial were Richmond Canberra, Pakenham and Redlands.

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