Grass Guide - Buffalo

Published : 11/25/2021

Buffalo grass is the most common turf type in Australian lawns and is the main grass marketed in shaded areas across Australia. It lush, soft and green appearance as well as its shade tolerance and water efficiency makes it an ideal all-rounder for Australian homes.



Buffalo can grow in a wide range of soil types with a pH between 5.0 and 8.5. It usually blooms in spring and summer.

There are many variations of Buffalo Grass that have been bred to suit different Australian climates. These include:

  • Palmetto
  • Prestige
  • Sapphire
  • Shade master
  • Sir Walter


Another benefit of Buffalo is its lower maintenance than other grass types.


Mowing Buffalo Lawns regularly promotes horizontal growth, thickening the lawn. A good rule of thumb is to only remove one third of the turf’s height when mowing. Removing any more than this can put too much stress on the lawn and can lead to increased weed infestations.



Keeping your soil hydrated is an essential part of maintaining your lawn’s health. Once your Buffalo is established, regular deep watering is the best way to go. Buffalo’s root system will only grow as deep as its frequently available water supply, so it is important there is enough moisture for the plant to establish its deeper roots prior to the dry summer months.

Be sure to not water too much in the cooler months, as over watering can encourage disease. Check with your local technician for advice on your watering schedule.

Weeds, Pests & Diseases


Buffalo grasses are more resistant to pests, weeds and diseases than other lawn varieties. However, eradication of these lawn diseases can be more difficult in Buffalo lawns.

Any application of weed killers, especially Broadleaf herbicides may damage or kill buffalo, leaving brown patches all over your lawn. This is due to the same principle being used to attach the herbicide to the leaves of the weed can work in the same manner when applied to Buffalo.

Buffalo is fairly resistant to disease, however one that you may see popping up on your lawn is Brown Patch. You can read more about Brown Patch here.

When working with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, it is best to bring in a professional to avoid doing more damage to your lawn. Sit back, relax and enjoy your perfect lawn with Coochie HydroGreen. Click the Get a Quote button to get in touch with your local technician today!

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