Killing weeds in buffalo lawns can require different types of weed sprays which may also be used differently, and with different guidelines for safety and application from their manufacturers. While there can be many different variables in their use and application, there are some universal lawn care tips which will greatly increase the effectiveness of many weed treatments for buffalo grass.
We'll cover some of the things which can help achieve the greatest benefit from weed killers when used in buffalo grass lawns.
Read Manufacturers Recommendations
Each herbicide is different and will require different application methods, times, and quantities and dilutions for any given product. Be sure to carefully read the directions on the herbicide label before ever using a herbicide on a lawn.
Buy Buffalo Safe Herbicides
Many lawn herbicides are not safe for use on buffalo grass, and can severely damage or even kill the buffalo lawn after application.
These days there are many herbicides which have been specially formulated for safe use on buffalo grass. Be sure to check the label before purchase of any herbicide when its being bought for use on buffalo grass.
Yates Lush and Yates Buffalo Pro are our preferred weed killers for safe use on buffalo grass.
Measure The Lawn First
Before we can safely apply not only herbicides, but also pesticides and lawn fertilisers to a buffalo lawn, we will need to work out the size of the lawn area so that we can correctly apply all products within safe manufacturers guidelines.
Once the lawn is measured we can then work out exactly how much of any product we should apply to our turf, and then to measure these quantities prior to treatment.
Fertilise Before Weed Spraying
Weed killers work far better and with far greater success after an application of fertiliser to the lawn first. We recommend applying a good quality lawn fertiliser 3 to 7 days before weed treatments begin, and ensuring the product is watered well into the turf.
An application of fertiliser at this time will also allow the buffalo lawn to grow healthier and naturally fight off many weed invaders on its own during this same treatment period.
Do Not Apply Too Much Herbicide
More herbicide, or a stronger dose will not help kill more weeds, but it will run the risk of causing damage or even possible death to our buffalo lawn. So be sure to only ever use the correct dosage of herbicide as instructed on the product packaging.
Span Out Treatment Times
Often times we must do multiple treatments for the same weeds, or for different weed types on our home lawn. We can run a real risk here of damaging our grass if we're not careful.
If treating the same weed type with the same product, it is often safe to do a second treatment within 2 to 3 weeks of the first, so to give the weeds a double whammy in a short space of time. With the second treatment then working on an already weakened weed.
Any further treatments past the second, or if treating a different weed type with a different buffalo grass herbicide, then it would be best to wait for a month at minimum to allow the lawn to fully recover to good health in between these treatments.
Without waiting between treatments, we could cause damage to our buffalo lawn.
Do Not Water Lawn After Herbicide Treatment
Each product will be different, so be sure to read the product label. Generally we will need to wait at least 3 to 7 days after the application of herbicide before we can water the lawn again. The same applies to being careful of the potential of rain within days of applying herbicide to the turf.
Wintergrass killer works completely differently than other herbicides and will need to be lightly watered into the lawn after application so it can kill the weed at its roots.
Plan Weed Spraying Around Lawn Mowing
We don't want to spray for buffalo lawn weeds either one week before lawn mowing, or one week after lawn mowing. By spraying too soon after mowing the grass will still have fresh open wounds from the cutting which will then absorb the poison and damage or kill the buffalo grass. While mowing too soon after weed spraying will mean we are removing much of the leaf material of the weeds which is containing most of the poison - thus the effectiveness of the weed treatment falls considerably.
Throw Clippings In The Bin
Lastly we must make mention that we should mow all buffalo lawns with a catcher for the following 2 to 3 mowings after weed spraying, and then throwing those clippings into the bin afterwards.
Most of these grass clippings will still be holding onto active herbicide, and by recycling them into garden beds or compost we are running the risk of causing damage or death to other plants in our gardens.
Good Buffalo Lawn Care
We've covered all the basics needed to ensure we get the greatest possible results from our weed treatments in our buffalo lawns, and they're all very simple tips.
But we can't forget about good lawn care practices either.
Because when we have a buffalo lawn in good all round health, then it will naturally fight and outcompete many different weed and pest types on its own, and with least effort from us, and with least usage necessary from harmful weed sprays.
So at the same time as treating for weeds in our buffalo lawn, we should be aiming to do everything possible to bring our lawn back to full health and vitality as quickly as possible.
This site is all about buffalo lawn care tips, so be sure to have a good read through to find out how to bring your buffalo lawn up to full health, and to keep it there.