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Keep Your Buffalo Turf Looking Great with These Lawn Care Tips

An increasing number of Australians are turning to buffalo turf because of its durability and its ability to grow in shady areas. Although easy to maintain, this beautiful grass does require some effort from the homeowner. Want to keep you buffalo turf looking nice? Check out these essential maintenance tips:

1. Start with Quality Turf

Keeping your buffalo grass maintained starts before you even lay it in your yard. When buying buffalo turf, work with a quality buffalo turf farm who can give you healthy, fertile rolls of the turf to lay out in your yard.

As there are a few different types of buffalo grass, talk with the turf salesperson about maintenance tips specific to the variety you select.

2. Remember to Fertilise

If you want to keep weeds out of your buffalo grass, you need to fertilise it on a regular basis. This encourages the grass to grow and effectively prevents weeds from having room to establish themselves.

If weeds do appear, you can safely use a broadleaf killer as well as a winter grass killer on your buffalo turf lawn. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and leave a few weeks between applications so you do not accidentally poison your yard.

3. Understand the Buffalo Grass Seeding Process

If your buffalo grass becomes stressed, it may react by trying to reproduce quickly, and as a result, it will go to seed. As this happens, you will see seed heads that look like thick, rigid green or purple spikes.

If you believe the seeds are a result of the grass feeling stressed, give it a boast with fertiliser and water. If, however, you have recently fertilised and the grass seems healthy, just allow it to seed.

Even with healthy buffalo grass, you will experience seeding once or twice per year. This is totally natural and doesn't require any special reaction.

4. Be Aware of Thatching and Avoid Overgrowth

As your buffalo grass grows taller, it will create a thick layer of thatch under the grass. As this layer gets larger, it can prevent the roots of new growth from reaching the soil.

You can deal with this issue in two ways. First of all, be sure to pick a variety of buffalo grass such as Sir Walter or Palmetto  that is more naturally resistant to excessive thatching. Secondly, remember to mow your lawn on a regular basis so it does not get overgrown as that can contribute to excess thatching.

For more information, contact Mardi Park Turf