Buffalo grass really is the best option available to homeowners who want to grow a lawn in partial shaded conditions, and this is the key strength for buffalo grass. However, once grown in full sun, buffalo can and will grow with health and success, with but one small problem. That problem is the thick thatch layer which buffalo grass can develop, with the thatch layer actually growing so much faster and growing to a thickness greater when grown in full sun. In this respect, we can see that buffalo is a grass best suited to shaded areas, and not full sun.
Many people however still love buffalo grass and just want it… I can understand such thinking, we all have our preferences in all areas of our life, so with this in mind, and for all those people who want to grow a buffalo lawn in full sun, lets find out which buffalo lawn will be the very best buffalo we can choose to fit this purpose as best as possible, especially in the most important area of thatch control.
The following topics of buffalo quality are based on the independent buffalo grass studies, of which we have published many of these results in all the most important areas of turf quality.
Buffalo Grass Thatch In Full Sun
With thatch growing at such greater speed and at greater depth when buffalo is grown in full sun, then this is the most important quality aspect when choosing a buffalo grass for growing in full sun.
We want the buffalo grass which grows the least thatch when grown in full sun.
Lowest numbers represent lowest thatch levels.
Palmetto is the best grass in this most important trait. As we can see from the thatch ratings below, Palmetto won the trials to be proven to grow the least thatch when grown in full sun.
Runners Up: Sapphire and Matilda
Buffalo Seeding In Full Sun
Buffalo seeding levels are another important determining factor when choosing a buffalo grass for any conditions. This is mainly because the seeding of buffalo is not very pretty when compared to other grass types such as Zoysia and Couch. The seeds of buffalo appear on top of thick stalks which can be uncomfortable to walk across when the lawn is in seed.
As we are discussing the best buffalo to be grown in full sun, lets also take a look at the seeding levels of buffalo grass which is being grown in full sun only. The following are the results of the turf studies covering the seeding levels for buffalo grasses being grown in full sun in the summer.
Lowest numbers represent lowest seeding levels.
Palmetto once again won the trials to be proven as the lowest seeding buffalo grass when grown under full sun conditions. This time, Palmetto won by a very large margin over most other competitors.
Runner Up: Sapphire
Secondary Quality Characteristics
We've listed the two most important aspects of buffalo turf quality when the lawn is grown in full sun. These are the thatch ratings, and then seed ratings.
However, there are also other factors which some people will want to consider also, but which are secondary in importance when the buffalo lawn is grown in full sun.
The full ratings for these trials can be found in our buffalo ratings articles.
Buffalo Colour In Sun
Sir Walter won in these trials for buffalo grown in full sun, followed by Matilda.
The results of these trials were very close amongst all competitors, and while overall winners could be ascertained, the differences between the grasses were extremely minimal.
Buffalo Wear and Tear
Matilda won in these trials by a large margin. So for everyone who needs a buffalo lawn which needs to stand up to heavy wear and tear and repair itself fast, then Matilda is the best choice. Just be aware that this faster repair from wear and tear would also equate to more frequent lawn mowing for this grass.
More Buffalo Characteristics
We've endeavoured to provide all the most important buffalo grass quality ratings from the buffalo grass research trials on this site in an easy to understand and yet comprehensive manner.
If your buffalo lawn requires any other particular characteristic not listed here, then we encourage the reader to go through our buffalo grass ratings articles to find the best buffalo for their home.
In doing this, pay particular attention to the sun ratings in these trials if your aim is to grow a buffalo lawn in full sun.
However, we must state once again that buffalo grass is a grass best suited for shaded conditions, and not for full sun conditions. Because once buffalo grass is grown in full sun, thatch becomes a major issue and concern. Therefore if the reader still wishes to proceed to grow buffalo grass in full sun, then the lowest thatch rated buffalo grass should be the single greatest determining choice factor.
Buffalo Grass Research:
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