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Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo
A Sapphire Buffalo Lawn

Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo

Sapphire Buffalo can be regarded as a genuine soft leaf Buffalo grass lawn. It performs well in all aspects which signify buffalo turf quality, including shade tolerance, good winter colour, and having a healthy deep root system which greatly aids in drought tolerance (withstanding drought).

The characteristics continue for which Sapphire buffalo are most well known for including the ever slightest blue hue to its leaf colour, a fine leaf blade - which is finer than all other buffalo grasses, excellent shade tolerance, excellent sun tolerance, and low thatch and seeding levels.

The main negatives for Sapphire buffalo grass are a lower drought recovery rating (recovery after drought ends), and a lower wear and tear tolerance. Sapphire is a low thatch lawn. Low thatch lawns can be slower to recover from wear for the first two years of a lawn, but can be quicker to recover from drought or wear than a high thatch lawn that is two years old. Low thatch lawns have long term benefits.

For an overall rating for quality - Sapphire is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a new soft leaf buffalo lawn for their homes.


Sapphire Buffalo Shade Tolerance

Many homeowners may consider a Sapphire lawn for heaviest shade conditions, as it is well known that Sapphire has the highest shade rating of the better buffalo grasses being sold today. Which is the same reason I chose Sapphire for my own highly shaded lawn.

However, be aware that all lawns, including Sapphire, require some direct sunlight every day in order to survive. There is no such thing as a "no-sunlight" lawn.

Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo
Comparing Fine Leaf Sapphire to another Buffalo

Softness Of Sapphire Buffalo

Sapphire is a true soft leaf Buffalo lawn type. Sapphire was professionally photographed at Microscopic detail to study and compare it's softness to other Buffalo lawn types, and clearly came out as one of the softest Buffaloes available. Sir Walter, Palmetto and Matilda also passed these same softness tests. See these amazing world first photos right here on The Lawn Guide.


How To Kill Weeds In Sapphire Buffalo

All Buffalo grasses have long been known to react badly to broadleaf weed killers, often browning the lawn or even killing it in places.

The cause of this damage has been due to the most common chemical used in weed killers which has been Dicamba. So always avoid buying any weed killer for use on any Buffalo grass if it contains this chemical.

Yates Lush and Yates Buffalo Pro are perfect for weed control on all Buffalo lawns.

These days there are many new choices of weed killers which are safe for use on Buffalo lawns, including for your Sapphire soft leaf Buffalo, and these weed killers will have either Bromoxynil or MCPA as their active ingredient.

As with all Buffalo lawns, if you have any trouble removing weed types other than the Broadleaf weed types in your Sapphire lawn, then a specialised and licensed weed spraying contractor may be the best option, as they have both experience and access to weed control chemicals which the homeowner cannot buy.


Mowing Sapphire Soft Buffalo

The best lawn results will be gained when mowing Sapphire at a height of between 35 and 60 mm. Like all grasses, mowing regularity is very important as it greatly aids in controlling thatch build up, reduces spreading of runners into garden beds and promotes a healthy greener lawn as the lawn mowing promotes more green leaf growth.





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