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Fertilising Buffalo Lawns

It doesn't matter whether you're fertilising Sir Walter, Palmetto, Shademaster, Sapphire, Matilda or any of the other Buffalo grasses, the requirements for fertilising all Buffalo lawns is almost exactly the same as fertilising any other turf variety. Despite the myths, you do not need to pay more for a special Buffalo grass fertiliser.

The main reason that Buffalo lawns lose their colour throughout the year is due to lack of fertiliser. Though other factors may also come into play as well, such as soil health. The appearance of soft leaf Buffalo grasses become extremely pale when lawn fertilising is forgotten or neglected.

Fertilising Soft Leaf Buffalo

Apply a quality lawn fertiliser at manufacturers recommended application rates in the following months:

  • September
  • November
  • January
  • March

Switch to a quality Winter fertiliser for the following months:

  • May
  • July

These fertilising schedules are suitable for standard grade lawn fertilisers. The use of slow release lawn fertilisers will require a slightly different fertilising regimen.

Special Note About Fertilising Lawns In January

The fertilising in January is optional. The homeowner should evaluate the health and quality of the buffalo lawn during this peak growing season. If the turf is in good health and growing at healthy rates, then the January fertilising can be skipped.

Watering Lawns After Fertilising

Turf should be watered as soon as possible after fertilising. This is due to the Nitrogen in fertiliser which can burn the leaf of the turf if left to sit on top of the lawn for too long. This is most evident and most important as the weather begins to heat up... so the hotter the day, the sooner the fertiliser should be watered into the buffalo lawn to avoid possible damage to the turf.

Supplementing Iron

Soft Buffalo lawns have a slightly higher requirement for Iron, which is a Trace Element which should be found in all quality lawn fertilisers.

Your Buffalo turf will need an Iron supplement with an Iron Chelate, or Trace Elements supplement at least once per year to help the lawn maintain it's dark green colour.

These products can be purchased rather cheaply at all lawn care and garden stores.

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