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Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo
Colour Dark green
Sun vs Shade? Full sun and shade
Leaf Shape ? Broad & flat
Drought Tolerance ? Yes – warm season lawn
Runners ? Above the ground
Root System ? Shallow to medium – 8 to 10 cm
Self Repairing ? Yes
Mowing Height ? Low to medium
Roll out the green carpet!
Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is a new Australian lawn and was discovered growing wild in Australia.
National trials (conducted from 2002) have demonstrated that Kings Pride soft leaf buffalo delivers a softer, greener, hard-wearing lawn all year round.
Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo grass has excellent wear and recovery under high traffic and is drought hardy.
You can mow Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo lower than other Buffalo varieties as it has less thatch.
Kings Pride soft leaf buffalo loves both shade and full sun.
To control weeds you can use Cleanlawn, Searles Buffalo Master or Searles Bindi & Clover Killer (before using any product, always read the Product Label for full directions, application, safety directions and guidelines) available at local hardware stores and nurseries.
For more extensive information go to www.kingspridebuffalo.com.au
Characteristics – Warm Season Grass – Drought Tolerant Lawn
In full sun
- Excellent wear and recovery under high traffic
- Drought hardy, requires minimal watering once established
- Mows low with less thatch and less damage
- Roots down rapidly to save water
- Super healthy, dense and bright
- Excellent soft feel
- Dark green in colour
- Runner based lawn, with runners along the top of the ground & non-invasive
- Self Repairing and out competes weeds
- Holds most of its colour in Winter in sheltered areas, however will lose its colour if directly frosted on as the frost burns the leaves
- Less seed head production than other buffalo varieties
- Safely treat with all registered herbicides at label rates
No more than 30-40% of the leaf should be removed in any one mow. Keep mower blades sharp and avoid cutting grass when wet. Mowing height is an important factor in promoting healthy lawn. Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is best mown at 20-40mm in full sun areas. In a shady position it should be mown longer at 40mm-50mm. In spring your Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo can be mown down to a height of 15mm (except in shady areas) and fertilised. This removes the thatch build up in your lawn and allows new stolon growth, but only when thatch is building up. In Summer mow every 1-14 days. Autumn and Winter every 2-5 weeks, only if necessary.
Even though Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is a drought tolerant lawn, it still needs some water to survive. To maintain a healthy green appearance, as a rough guide, the following amount of watering is required assuming no natural rain fall: Summer (over 30 degrees)3 times per week for 20 minutes, Autumn and Spring 2 times per week for 15 minutes, Winter once a week for 15 minutes.
Broadleaf sprays control clover, bindi and broadleaf weeds and should be applied before flowering at the end of July as a preventative. Buffalo grass requires a weedicide registered for its specific use. Suggested chemicals are CleanLawn, Searles Buffalo Master & Searles Bindii & Clover Killer (before using any product, always read the Product label for full directions, application, safety directions and guidelines).
To help maintain colour during winter, beef up your lawn with nitrogen and iron during Autumn. Fertilise again in the spring to help maintain a green and healthy lawn.
Any time is a good time to aerate your lawn. Dig a gardening fork in about half way and wiggle it. Prolonged compaction and moist conditions encourages the roots to grow on the surface creating thatch.
Repairing the lawn
All lawns will suffer if they are repeatedly driven or walked over. Even dogs will wear a track in the toughest of lawns. To repair the lawn, first you may need to add more soil to fill holes, then take some runners from the existing lawn, plant them in the bare earth and keep damp for the next couple of weeks. Do not walk on this area during this time.