Grass Guide – Sir Walter Buffalo

Published : 12/13/2021

Sir Walter Buffalo is Australia’s best buffalo grass. It has stood the test of time, proving it will grow almost anywhere in any conditions. This lawn types is hardy and versatile, many factors in soil that may cause issues for other turf types are not a bother for Sir Walter. It is a coarse-textured grass that grows best in moderate temperatures between 20°C and 30°C.

Sir Walter performs excellently in Australian conditions, easily surviving frosts and retaining its colour throughout dormancy. Sir Walter buffalo can withstand shading under trees and has a deep root system with less leaf water-loss compared with some other "soft-leaf" buffalo grasses.



Sir Walter Buffalo is fast growing, including vertical growth, and requires routine mowing to keep it looking good. Mowing height will vary depending on your preference, for a spongy lawn a mowing height of 5cm is ideal, and for a less thatch, tight lawn a height of 3cm is recommended.


In most parts of Australia, watering your Sir Walter buffalo once every two weeks during the summer is enough to keep it healthy. Water it once a month in the autumn and spring, and only when needed during the winter. Whereas infrequent heavy watering encourages the development of a deep root system, frequent light watering leads to the development of a shallow root system. Watering your Sir Walter Buffalo lawn early in the morning rather than in the afternoon or evening reduces the chances of fungal disease infections.

Weeds, Pests & Diseases


When weeds begin popping up in your lawn hand eradication is advised before seed heads develop. If you don’t spot it until after seed heads have sprouted, a suitable herbicide will do the trick.

Be sure to use a herbicide that is safe for buffalo grasses as any application of weed killers, especially Broad leaf 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.

It is recommended to keep an eye out for Army Worms & Scarab Beetles during the warmer months.


Similarly to other Buffalos, Sir Walter 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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