Let's say you've properly installed your Palmetto Buffalo Lawn, mainenance is the key to to a long lasting beautiful lawn. Here are some great tips on mowing, watering, fertilising, and keeping out pests, weeds & diseases...
Mow your buffalo lawn every 7-10 days in the hot months; mow every 3-6 weeks in the cold months.
Mowing height will vary: 2-5cm in sunny/lightly shaded situations,5-7cm in heavier shaded situations.
Water thoroughly and regularly after Palmetto Buffalo Grass has been laid to encourage a deep and vigorous root system (turf will be able to fossick for water and therefore be more able to withstand hot dry conditions).
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.
Lawns need to be fed to remain strong and healthy.
It's important to use a slow release fertiliser one month after laying (applying fertiliser before this time has shown not to make a difference to lawn establishment).
We recommend fertilising at least twice a year using a slow release fertiliser -
For a better winter colour you can use our Summer/Autumn blend in June.
And if required you can also fertilise again in summer using our Summer/Autumn blend.
If you need a quick green up, a high nitrogen fertiliser can be used e.g. Supergreen or an organic based slow release fertiliser, however slow release fertilisers are generally better for your lawn and more cost effective. In the heat of summer avoid over fertilising or using manure based products.
Palmetto Buffalo Grass is resistant to pests, weeds etc compared to most other turf varieties, but as with any natural product, occasional problems can occur. If these problems occur we recommend the following:
Pests - watch for the lawn grub (e.g. web worm or army worm) and african black beetle- apply suitable pesticides according to directions.
Weeds - if weeds infest, hand eradicate before seed head develops or apply a suitable weedicide(ask your local garden centre.)