Maintaining Buffalo Turf | Yates Lawn Experts

Keeping your buffalo turf well maintained not only looks good, but it also helps maintain the health of your lawn.
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Once your lawn is established

Mowing

Keeping your lawn trimmed promotes growth of the lawn horizontally, thickening and strengthening the lawn. 

  • After 3 weeks after installation and the lawn has established, you can begin to drop the mowing height to between 2-5 cm.

  • A good rule of thumb is to only remove 1/3 of the grass height when mowing. Removing more than this puts too much stress on the lawn and can lead to poor lawn health and increased weed activity. 

  • In shady conditions, increase the mowing height as the extra leaf area will allow the lawn to tolerate the low light conditions. For heavy shade conditions use mower height 5-7 cm.

  • Ensure your lawn mower is well maintained, with sharp blades for a clean cut of your lawn. 

     

Watering

Keeping your lawn and soil hydrated is an essential part in maintaining the health of your lawn. Ensuring that a good watering routine is employed will be important to the ongoing success of your lawn. This also includes over watering your lawn which can harm your lawns health.  

  • A good watering routine is important after the establishment of your lawn. Regular and deep watering encourages the grass roots to penetrate deep into the soil.

  • Once the root system has fully established, water thoroughly only when needed (when a slight wilting is visible), usually once every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often), with much less or no water in cooler months.

  • Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn.

  • Over watering encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.

  • It is best to water in the early morning; night watering is not recommended.

 

Fertilising

Fertilising is often overlooked as a vital step to maintaining a nice healthy lawn. Like all living things, lawns need to be fed. Regularly applying a good quality fertiliser to your lawn means your grass remains strong and healthy, maintains that deep green colour, and, with organic-based fertilisers, can rejuvenate the soil.

Once you have fertilised your lawn during the establishment phase, it is best to then fall into the routine of using a slow release fertiliser like Yates Buffalo PRO in key periods of the year.


Weed control

Weeds in your lawn can unfortunately be a common nuisance. Weeds can get into your lawn many ways; whether on the bottom of shoes, from pets, birds, mowers and gardening equipment, or even airborne from your neighbour’s lawn. Tackling weeds prior to them getting established is far easier than once they have set in to overtake the lawn.

  • Removing small juvenile weeds by hand can be an easy way to stop weeds in the lawn. Ensure that you are removing the roots of the weed otherwise the weed will likely grow back. Utilising weeding tools to assist in pulling out the whole weed can make the task easier.

  • If weeds are more established, or have spread around the yard, a weed control spray solution may be an easier option. Yates Buffalo PRO has a range of weed control products that selectively kill weeds, like bindii and clover, without harming the buffalo lawn. The added benefit of using a weed spray is the spray will even target those small baby weeds you may not even see.

  • For hard to kill weeds, such as onion weed, or in the event of other grass varieties growing in amongst your lawn, a more focused weed control solution is required. The use of a broad spectrum weedkiller, such as Yates Zero Weedkiller, is required. Careful application is required when using a broad spectrum weedkiller as the weed spray will kill all green life sprayed. It is best to apply the weed control solution using a fine paintbrush or the Yates Zero Weeding Brush, ensuring that contact is only made onto the weed you want dead. Repeat application may be required for tough weeds and grasses. If you accidentally get weed control solution onto your lawn, wash it off with tap water immediately. Adding a spray dye to the weed solution will help visually indicate where it has been applied. 

Spring Summer

 

Spring is a great time to wake your lawn up after the cold winter. Feeding when spring arrives strengthens the lawn in preparation for the hot summer.

Summer fertilising keeps your lawn healthy and encourages strong root systems.

Autumn Winter
Feeding during autumn assists the lawn to weather the cooler winter months.

 

Feeding during winter in warmer areas of Australia helps the lawn green up quicker in spring. In areas subject to frost and very low temperatures. Do not fertilise.

  • Use a slow release fertiliser for a long term feed; Yates Buffalo PRO
  • Only fertilise during June – where suitable.

Disease

Diseases can be commonly found in hot and humid environments, such as tropical northern Australia. Also, conditions that result in your lawn remaining wet for extended periods of time can be great breeding environments for disease. Grey leaf spot is the most common disease in Buffalo turf. 

Disease issues with lawns can sometimes not be readily apparent and closer analysis is needed to identify the best course of action. Please visit yates.com.au/lawn for further information on disease control.

 

Pest Control

Insects such as caterpillars (Lawn Army Worm, Sod Webworm, Cutworm) and beetle larvae (curl grubs) can damage lawns. The timing of treatment is important as well as correct identification of the pest insect is critical to understanding the right solution. Please visit yates.com.au/lawn for further information on pest control.

 

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