Buffalo grass is one of the most popular lawn types in Australia. It offers a good deal of variety between the various types of grass available and they each provide a decent amount of durability and longevity so that your lawn can look its best for years to come. However, seeing as there is a fair variety of different Buffalo grass types, this means that there are considerations to be made when you are choosing one for your garden. There is also the matter of whether to buy your grass as turf from a reputable Soft Leaf Buffalo grass supplier, such as A View Turf, or to buy it as seed and nurture it yourself. These things may not sound particularly essential, but if you use a grass that is not best suited to the conditions then this can lead to a patchy, discoloured lawn.
If you are wanting to spend time laying or sitting on your lawn then the feel of the grass should be important to you. Choosing a Buffalo grass that is soft and gentle to the touch rather than corse and sharp will obviously make this a far more pleasant experience. Similarly, some types of grass produce pollen that is far less likely to cause allergic reactions in people than others. It is commonly believed that hayfever sufferers are simply allergic to pollen in general, in fact it is more often the case that they are allergic to one or two specific kinds of pollen. A very common allergy to have is standard grass pollen, but some varieties of Buffalo grass do not produce this kind of pollen and might well not trigger an allergic reaction in hayfever sufferers.
Hardiness – wear and regrowth tolerances
Another key feature to look for in your choice of lawn grass is how hardy it is. Knowing how well the grass will stand up to being walked and played on could make a big difference, as if you have a family with young children who will be playing outside a lot, having grass that can easily bounce back from being trampled is quite important. This also should factor in how well it will regrow when it has been worn down or has patches knocked out of it as if it is going to take a year to regrow properly, it might not be the best choice for a family garden.
Affordability – cost and installation
As you might imagine, having a variety of different grasses on the market means that they carry a variety of different price points given their various features. Now no grass is going to be ludicrously expensive, but you need to make sure that what you would need to pay out is going to suit your budget. This extends to the installation of your new lawn as you could buy it as seeds and plant it yourself, but in doing so it will be at least a year before it is fully ready for use. Alternatively, you could opt for ready to lay Soft Leaf Buffalo grass turf which will give you a ready to use lawn in a few weeks. The down side to this is that it is a more expensive and labour intensive option, which often means that you need to factor not only the purchasing of the turf into the price, but also the delivery and potentially paying for installation as well.
Year round looks – winter and shade colouring
Many grasses, like most plants, will slow their growth during the colder months to preserve energy and resources so that they can survive until the weather warms up again. For grass, this can mean discolouration due to the lack of nutrients available, but not all grass will discolour as some Buffalo grass is able to retain its colour during cold weather. Similarly, there are types of Buffalo grass that are resistant to drought and shade, both of which limit a resource to the planet, water and sunlight respectively. So understanding the conditions of the garden where you intend of planting your grass, as well as how they might change throughout the year, play a big role in deciding which type of grass is best suited for your garden.
Combining all of these factors should give you a pretty good impression of what you need from your grass as well as how each different type of soft leaf Buffalo grass will manage in your garden. Knowing this before you buy anything could well save you from a costly mistake.