Buffalo grass can be planted out at most times of the year in Australia, however different regions will differ as to the best time of year to plant new buffalo lawns, and this is usually based on climate and rainfall conditions, winter temperatures etc.
Besides these considerations, planting a new buffalo lawn at different times of the year will also impact the amount of lawn care we must provide to newly laid lawn, including such things as watering the lawn regularly during its establishment period.
Planting A Buffalo Lawn In Spring
Spring is a brilliant time of the year to establish a new buffalo lawn. Lawns are coming out of semi dormancy and are beginning to grow again, meaning the new turf can send down new roots much quicker than in winter. The weather is still fairly mild and warming up slowly as the new buffalo lawn is also becoming more established and can cope more and more with the increasing heat as summer arrives, and should be fully established by the onset of Summer.
Planting a new lawn in Spring also means the newly laid turf will need far less regular watering during its establishment, oftentimes only requiring watering once or perhaps at most twice a day, both of which can be fit around our busy work schedules. And of course if there are any rains, then we can forget the watering for another few days.
Planting A Buffalo Lawn In Summer
Buffalo can of course be planted easily in Summer time, However there are some extra considerations when doing so. During its establishment phase while the new turf is setting down roots, the roll on lawn will need to be kept moist at all times and cannot be allowed to dry out from heat. For if the new buffalo lawn dries out during establishment, then the turf can easily and very quickly die, with little chance of saving the new turf, because it still has no root system to support it growing in its new home.
In reality, the hotter the weather… the more we need to water the new buffalo lawn every day until its established. Which can equate to watering several times a day for the first few weeks after laying the new buffalo sod, because we can never allow it to dry out. Of course as the weeks go by, this watering can be reduced slowly.
So the main problem for planting a new buffalo lawn in Summer is that we must be able to water the new lawn several times a day during peak heat periods.
Other than that, Buffalo Grass will establish the fastest when planted in Summer, as this is the peak growing season for this grass.
Planting A Buffalo Lawn In Autumn
Autumn is also a great time of year to plant that new buffalo lawn. We're out of the heat of Summer, so we won't need to water the lawn as often, and the new sod will be under far less stress than if we planted in the middle of summer.
However, when planting our new lawn in Autumn, we want to ensure it grows to be as established as possible before the onset of Winter. And the colder the winter where we live, then the more established the new turf will need to be before winter arrives.
So for regions which will experience colder winters, we must plant the new buffalo lawn as early in Autumn as possible to ensure it is as established as possible before the onset of winter.
For warmer regions like Queensland and Western Australia, there is far less rush or urgency as the winter weather does not get cold enough to cause any major issues to new turf. However, the colder weather does slow down growth even in these regions and can still cause some possible damage to the new lawn. So it would still be wise to establish the new buffalo lawn at least before the worst of the winter arrives. Do this, and we'll achieve the best results for our new buffalo lawn over its first winter.
Planting A Buffalo Lawn In Winter
Planting new roll on buffalo grass lawn in Winter is a terrible idea for all the colder regions of the nation. So it would probably be best to wait a few more weeks until Spring arrives and use that time to prepare the lawn soil, spray out or remove any weeds which are growing in the new lawn area, improving the lawn soil etc. As all these things will do wonders for our new buffalo lawn when we plant it in Spring.
Going back to Queensland and Western Australia, and we do have some more options open for us.
Because winters in these regions are so mild compared to other areas of Australia, we can plant our new buffalo lawn all the way through Autumn and even into early Winter without any real issues arising, and of course the lawn will need far less water during establishment at these times too.
In most cases we can also safely plant the new buffalo sod towards the end of the winter months with ease, and without worry. However the homeowner should always be aware of the weather conditions at the time to ensure the coldest part of the winter is indeed finished.
The only exception to this rule would be to try and avoid planting the new buffalo lawn in the coldest parts in the middle of winter, even in Perth and Brisbane. Its much better to do the soil preparation and weed killing in this time, and wait a few more weeks for the worst of the winter to be over, and this will ensure our greatest opportunity for success in planting our new buffalo lawn.