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Palmetto Buffalo
A Palmetto Soft Buffalo Lawn

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo

Palmetto, like the other better quality soft leaf Buffalo grasses being sold in Australia, is another of the best Buffalo grass lawns to consider. With high quality ratings in many areas which signify Buffalo grass quality. Palmetto is also one of the genuine soft leaf Buffalo grasses that we can buy for our home lawns.

The quality characteristics for which Palmetto have been proven are its very low thatch levels, excellent sun tolerance, excellent drought recovery (recovery after drought ends), and excellent winter colour in full sun, good winter colour in partial shade, and very low seeding levels. Which are all aspects of turf quality of high importance.

The main negatives for Palmetto Buffalo grass are a lower wear and tear tolerance, and a lower shade tolerance than its rival soft leaf Buffalo grasses.

Palmetto soft Buffalo, or as it's often known as Palmetto Saint Augustine in other places around the world, is another of the few premium Soft Buffalo grasses which performs well in turf quality tests, alongside other Buffalo grasses including Matilda, Sir Walter and Sapphire.

Palmetto is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to have a soft leaf buffalo lawn at their home, and is very worthy of high consideration as a soft buffalo lawn choice by the homeowner.


Other Characteristics of Palmetto Soft Buffalo

Palmetto has the similar broad leaf which is associated with most Buffalo lawn types such as Old Sydney (Common Buffalo) and Sir Walter, Palmetto is known for having a faster growing and widely branching stolon (above ground runner) which also aids in repair.

Palmetto is a true soft leaf Buffalo lawn type. Palmetto 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, Sapphire and Matilda also passed these same softness tests. See these amazing world first photos right here.

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo
Palmetto Soft Buffalo growing in partial shade

How To Kill Weeds In Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto Soft Buffalo

The best lawn results will be gained when mowing Palmetto 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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