Bison Buffalo

Premium shade tolerant lawn

Bison Soft Leaf Buffalo is a premium turf and the most shade tolerant lawn available.

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  • Broad leaf
  • Dark green colour
  • Shade tolerant
  • Shallow rooting
  • Non invasive

Why Bison Soft Leaf Buffalo?

The most shade tolerant lawn by far. This variety of Buffalo is extremely soft compared to the older types and has a healthy green appearance.

Bison Soft Leaf Buffalo is a shallow rooting grass requiring more water in summer than Kikuyu or the Couches. The thick matting which comes with age makes it essential that you install your buffalo well below kerb height.

The thick matting also prevents a lot of weeds from appearing. However, if weeds get a hold, Buffalo is more susceptible to most herbicides and manual weeding is recommended.

Growth Rate

Due to its slower growth rate and non invasiveness Buffalo is perfect for low maintenance gardens. However, Buffalo requires more water in the warmer months when placed in a full sun area.


Soft Leaf Buffalo is the grass of choice if you have a shady, medium traffic area. Soft Leaf Buffalo will flourish with only three to five hours of sun per day.

Drought Tolerance

Not in WA

As with most varieties of grass, you may need to supplement your two days a week watering in the height of summer to keep a lush green look.

Bison Buffalo is a shallow-rooting grass requiring more water in summer than Empire Zoysia, Kikuyu or Wintergreen Couch. We are not aware of any soft-leaf Buffalo strains being proven drought resistant under WA conditions.

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  Excellent Very Good Good Once Established
Water Consumption    
A shallow rooting variety that requires 3 waterings a week if full sun all day.
Shade Tolerance
    Will tolerate shade and cope on as little as 3 hours sun.
Wear Tolerance    
Slower growth rate - suitable for low traffic areas.
    Low frequency mowing.
    Small amounts every 12 weeks will keep it green all year.
    Requires garden kerbing then is easily controlled using an edger or whipper snipper.


  • Soil

    When establishing a new lawn, people often overlook the importance of a good quality soil. The right soil will give your lawn the best possible start and help to prevent nutrient deficiencies and water problems.

    Lovegrove Turf strongly advises incorporating Bentonite Clay into sandy Perth soils. Bentonite is a natural clay product with no added chemicals, it provides long term benefits for water and fertiliser efficiency which saves you money and time. To have the best outcome Bentonite needs to be incorporated into your soil with organic matter like Humus.

  • Time

    Soft Leaf Buffalo takes approximately three months to fully establish, depending on the weather. In the hotter months it is important to prevent your new lawn from drying out.

  • Traffic

    Until your new Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn is established it is recommended to keep traffic to an absolute minimum. Normal use can resume once the roots have begun to penetrate the soil below and the rolls can no longer be lifted easily.

  • Care

    Lawn should not be mowed until rolls have produced adequate roots. This should happen between 2 and 4 weeks and can be confirmed by checking that the rolls have secured themselves to the soil. Most selective herbicides cannot be used on Buffalo — manual weeding is recommended.


  • Mowing

    Buffalo doesn’t require mowing as often as more vigorous varieties of grass. However the same principal applies to any lawn and that is to cut at regular intervals so it doesn’t get too long. This will avoid scalping which can place the turf under stress.

    Keep your blades sharp and never remove more than one third of the leaf blade per mow, as this will remove a significant amount of the green food producing body.

  • Thatch

    All lawns produce thatch as this is a natural by-product of healthy growth. Thatch will prevent water and nutrients from getting to the roots where they are needed. This can be removed through Vertimowing and should be done at least once a year.

  • Fertilising

    For establishing or repairing of turf, the application should be 10kg per 50m2 of Eco-Prime NPK Red

    For optimum health of your lawn it is recommended to fertilise at a maintenance rate of 10kg per 100m2 every 6-8 weeks for 6 months after installation and every 12 weeks there after.

    Remember, always water thoroughly to activate the fertiliser and prevent any possible leaf burn.


Watering Schedule

Summer schedule

Use 10mm of water per session, increasing to 25mm from week 4.

Week 1:

Three times a day at 9am, 12 Noon and 3pm

Week 2:

Twice a day at 10am and 2pm

Week 3:

Once a day at 12 Noon

Week 4 - 8:

Once every 2nd day in the morning.

Week 8 onwards and established lawns:

Twice a week in the morning.

Winter schedule

Need to use common sense but we recommend following the summer schedule from week 3.

Water exemptions

Water authority exemptions are available when establishing new lawns. Call 13 13 85 for details.

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