I was shocked to see that buffalo grass costs so much more per square metre than other grass varieties. What are its advantages and purpose? Where is it readily available and will it make a strong lawn?
Buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) is an indigenous grass variety that grows from runners. Obviously it is very expensive when you want to use instant sods. The reason for this is that this species grows at a snail’s pace.
However, buffalo grass has many other advantages. It is not as invasive as Kikuyu, can survive drought, likes sandy soil and will even grow in light shade. It also does very well in coastal gardens. The best way to establish a buffalo lawn in your garden is to plant runners. These are also available at most nurseries as seedlings or plugs.
Regular watering and good soil preparation with compost and superphosphate (which helps to establish strong roots), combined with a bit of patience will produce a lovely green carpet. Yes, you can cover your entire garden with buffalo grass.
Don’t be put off by this grass variety’s slow start – once it is established you will have a beautiful and strong lawn. Consult your local garden centre for more information on buffalo grass.
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