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Buffalo Grass is Premium Shade Tolerant

Are you looking for a shade-tolerant lawn for your Perth property? We recommend, buffalo lawn! Below we have provided information you need to know to have beautiful buffalo lawn all year round!

Bison Soft Leaf Buffalo is Perth’s top quality turf and the most shade tolerant lawn.

Features of Buffalo Lawn

  • Broadleaf
  • Dark green colour
  • Shade tolerant
  • Non-invasive
  • Less mowing
  • Less watering
  • Less fertilising

Buffalo Grass Facts

  • Highly shade tolerant grass in Perth
  • Requires mowing & fertilising

Advantages Of Our Buffalo Turf

  • Buffalo grass is highly shade-tolerant, and this is one of the reasons why Perth property owners and landscapers prefer it over other turfgrass.
  • Our bison buffalo turf leaf is extremely soft compared to older varieties, and it has a super healthy green appearance.
  • It can keep a good density with minimum fertilising.
  • Buffalo’s dense growth habit prevents a lot of weeds from appearing.
Bison Buffalo

Find out Bison Buffalo Lawn is Right for your Perth Home

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.
Mowing Low frequency mowing.
Fertilising Small amounts every 12 weeks will keep it green all year.
Invasiveness Requires garden kerbing then is easily controlled using an edger or whipper snipper.

Guide on How to grow your Bison Buffalo Grass Successfully

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.

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.

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Bison Buffalo

1. Which Buffalo grass is best?

For lawns and properties in Perth, Bison Soft Buffalo is an excellent all-round performing grass, which tends to do well in high-traffic areas. If you need a shade-tolerant grass for an active yard, this is the best choice without a doubt. The perfect option for anyone with pets or children.

2. How often should you water Buffalo turf?

Typically, Buffalo grass needs little or no watering during winter months once established, once or twice per week during autumn or spring, and twice per week in the height of summer. If grown in full sun and while young a buffalo lawn may need an additional weekly watering. If you live in a cooler region with higher rainfall, your lawn will need even less watering.

With all lawn the key to achieving a healthy, happy and economical lawn is to establish strong deep roots. At LTS we know letting the grass leaf grow longer stimulates root growth. To achieve this we cut our Bison Buffalo shorter prior to harvest so you can delay the first mow longer. Letting your young lawn grow a longer leaf in the early stages of it’s growth or at any point will pay off with greater root growth.

3. Does Bison Buffalo turf turn brown in winter?

As the soil cools in autumn, Buffalo grass enters a state of slower growth as the winter month arrives. Although the grass may appear yellow or brown, it is typically not from disease. This lack of colour can remain present until spring when the weather warms. To avoid a brown lawn for winter, we advise ensuring your lawn is receiving adequate water (yes even in winter) and applying a good foliar fertiliser like Knife Plus will help restore leaf colour.

We also strongly recommend assessing your lawn at the start of autumn and if it lost colour last winter give it a good feed of Eco Purple at the start of March and May. Aerate (core) your lawn if you have not done so in the previous 12 months. Also raise your mower height and remove sunlight blocking leaves, shade structures etc.
Lawn roots still grow through winter and it is a great time to do so as evaporation is low and rain is free.

4. How do you take care of Buffalo lawn?

To achieve a healthy, happy and economical lawn your Buffalo will require regular mowing, watering, edging, and fertilising with granular fertiliser every 6 – 8 weeks in the growing months. You will also need to water your lawn as per our watering guide during the earlier stages of growth. Buffalo lawn is not as drought tolerant as other warm season grasses and as such, requires a deep root system for best results.

Renovation practices such as annually coring and lightly vertimowing and even top dressing your buffalo will help keep it in top condition and promote root growth.

5. How long until shredded grass (aka stolons or runners) grows in Australia?

Due to environmental variables, every lawn is slightly different. But, as a rule of thumb, your shredded lawn should take around eight weeks to cover and further 4 – 6 weeks to establish.

6. If I order Buffalo grass, can you deliver it to my property?

Yes, we can deliver your order directly to the door anywhere in the Perth region. We offer morning deliveries from Tuesday to Saturday. We can also deliver to freight companies for country customers.

7. I am really not familiar with Bison Soft Buffalo. Can you tell me more about its advantages?

No problem. Here are the main lawn-boosting advantages Of our Bison Buffalo Turf:

  1. It’s highly shade-tolerant, the main reason Perth property owners and landscapers prefer Bison over other turfgrass.
  2. Our Bison Buffalo Turf leaf is extremely soft compared to older varieties, and it has a lush, super healthy green appearance.
  3. Buffalo Bison maintains a healthy density, even with minimum fertilisation.
  4. Buffalo’s thick matting prevents a lot of weeds from appearing or establishing themselves on most lawns.
  5. Buffalo Bison is low-growing, so you can achieve a neat, healthy look without excess mowing.

8. We’re quite busy during the day. Is an early pick-up available?

Yes, we’re delighted to serve our valued clients as early as 6.30 am, Perth time. By arrangement prepaid orders can be collected from our Wattle Grove Turf Farm at 6.30am.

9. Is Buffalo grass a cool-season option?

Buffalo grass is a warm-season grass that spreads by stolons (runners), but not as aggressively as Bermuda Couch. It grows best in temperatures of 20 to 32 degrees Celsius. Once established, it can survive extreme heat, drought, and cold, making it a feasible choice for Western Australia. Under the current water restrictions Buffalo grass grows best in part shade however with good soil preparation, effective reticulation and care it can be an efficient and healthy full sun lawn in Perth.

10. How long does it take for Buffalo grass to root?

With correct watering it should take two to four weeks for your new buffalo turf to put down roots. It is important to keep your new turf as much as possible during this time as the first roots are very fine and break easily.

11. How long after turf is laid can you walk on it?

On average, it’s acceptable to walk on a newly laid turf lawn around three weeks after installation. But, everything depends on weather conditions, the time of year, and how well the ground was prepared. It is only when the roots have penetrated the soil below and established themselves in full that your freshly turfed lawn will be ready for action. To test try grabbing the leaf and gently tugging. If the lawn lifts try to stay off it a little longer. If you need to walk on it. Thongs are best and try to walk flat-footed.

12. When should I fertilise my new Buffalo lawn?

We recommend fertilising your lawn at the time of laying with Eco Red and Dynamic Lifter six weeks after laying it, followed by a deep watering. This will help give your brand new turf the nutrients required to grow into a strong and healthy lawn. Once your lawn is established, we recommend spreading Eco Purple granular fertiliser across the turf during the spring, summer, and autumn months. In winter foliar fertiliser can be applied to help maintain colour and plant stress tolerance.

Fertilising requirements are influenced by your soil type/preparation and your personal colour preference. To keep costs low we strongly recommend correct site preparation.

13. Is it better to water a lawn in the morning or at night?

Watering your lawn early in the morning is best. If your lawn is frequently wet at night, you’re likely to encounter fungus and disease problems which are not only time-consuming to tackle but will compromise the health and appearance of your lawn.

14. Does Buffalo grass make a good lawn?

The newer soft leaf Buffalo grasses in Australia can make beautiful dark, rich green soft lawn. With a well established root system and correct maintenance practices soft leaf buffalo can be a hard wearing, economical and attractive lawn able to handle a reasonable amount of traffic from kids and pets.



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