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How to grow Buffalo grass with low cost methods

Reducing the Cost of Buying a New Buffalo Lawn

There are two main methods to reduce the cost of establishing a new Buffalo grass lawn. The first is to use Buffalo Grass Plugs to establish the lawn, and the second option is to use Buffalo Grass Runners.

Both methods involve the individual planting of either the plugs or runners at a far reduced rate of coverage than if using roll-on Buffalo Grass sod, this can then result in a greater cost saving to the lawn owner. But the compromise comes in the form of having to wait longer for a lawn to become fully established.

Most modern Soft Leaf Buffalo grasses (Sapphire, Prestige, Palmetto), will not reproduce from seed, so therefore seeding a new Buffalo lawn is not an option.

Establishment times

The down side of using these methods will be that your new Buffalo lawn will take far longer to establish and cover the entire area to be turfed, often taking many months. But if you’re keen to save a lot of money, and time is of no consequence, then Buffalo Grass Plugs and Buffalo Grass Runners are an excellent choice.

The denser the plantings of either plugs or runners, the more quickly the lawn will cover the desired area. Therefore planting more runners or plugs will speed up establishment times.

Buffalo Grass plugs

These will be sold in trays of individually separated small Buffalo grass plants. Much like the seedlings for many other small flowering plants or vegetables.

The homeowner simply takes the plugs of turf from the tray and plants them into the prepared soil. Plugs are very easy and quick to plant out.

Specialised growers will grow and sell trays of Buffalo grass plugs. They may not be easy to find in retail stores, research a little online and you will find what you’re looking for.

Buffalo Grass runners

Like the lawn plugs, Buffalo Grass runners will need to be individually planted into the new lawn area. Runners can be more difficult and time consuming to plant than plugs as individual trenches will need to be dug into the soil to match the length of each lawn runner, and then filled in when the runner has been planted.

Buffalo grass runners will need to be re-planted as fast as possible after they have been removed from their original soil before the roots dry out and die.

Finding a Buffalo Turf Supplier in Australia

Buffalo turf varieties such as Sapphire, Prestige & Palmetto can be found in lawns across Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. To find your local turf  supplier, simply enter your desired turf type and location into our online supplier locator tool.

Price-wise –  most of the above turf varieties retail between $12 and $18 per square metre. To get pricing info for your desired turf breed, visit our Find Your Turf page or get 3 quotes from your local grower today.

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