Palmetto® Buffalo – At home in every home

Palmetto® Buffalo – At home in every home


  • High shade tolerance
  • Medium drought tolerance
  • Low maintenance – less mowing, fertiliser and water
  • High wear tolerance
  • Excellent winter-green colour
  • Broad leaf and soft to touch and underfoot
  • Produces low seed head (common irritant to people with allergies)

Palmetto Buffalo® is the biggest selling Buffalo in the world; is low maintenance, hard wearing and has very good shade tolerance.

For families with pets and kids, you can’t go past Palmetto in terms of a dense lawn with solid wear tolerance.

Palmetto grass is a soft broad leaf variety, that suits any home and requires less watering and mowing than most turf varieties.

A striking trait of Palmetto is its distinct dark emerald colour which holds its winter colour.

With its deep-rooted system, Palmetto Buffalo is an efficient water user and is drought tolerant.

Low maintenance

For your lawn to look good and have less frequent mowing, Palmetto turf is the best choice Buffalo.

Palmetto Buffalo needs 14.3% less mowing than Sir Walter Buffalo and 7.7% less mowing than Shademaster Buffalo.

In fact, Palmetto turf can be left a lot longer without any maintenance or mowing and won’t grow too tall, untidy or be invasive compared to other Buffalo varieties.

In studies, after about 20 weeks Palmetto Buffalo was 49.05mm lower than Shademaster Buffalo and 51.55mm lower than Sir Walter Buffalo.

Palmetto turf was also found to be more uniform and less invasive than other Buffalo varieties.  A Palmetto lawn is also easier to mow because it has less thatch.

Best winter colour

Close Up Shot of Palmetto Buffalo Grass

Palmetto has the best winter colour for a low maintenance turf. Over a two-year evaluation Palmetto turf had a rating of 55% better winter colour than Sir Walter Buffalo and a rating of 158% better than Shademaster Buffalo.

To maintain that winter colour, it is advised to fertilise Palmetto during autumn.




Man Mowing his Lawn

With Palmetto grass, mowing is not a chore.

During warmer months it is recommended that you mow Palmetto every 7-10 days during warmer months and every 3-6 weeks in colder months.

Cut your Palmetto grass to between 20mm to 50mm in full sunny/lighted shaded areas and between 50mm and 70mm in heavier shaded sites.


Watering your Palmetto grass

Proper watering immediately after installation will ensure your Palmetto grass becomes well established and encourages a deep and vigorous root system.

Begin watering your new Palmetto grass within a half hour after it is laid and apply 2 to 3cm of water so that the soil beneath the lawn is very wet.

Ideally the soil 7 to 10cm below the surface of the Palmetto should be moist, if not, you need to apply more water.

For the next two weeks, keep the soil below the Palmetto turf moist with daily (or more frequent) watering, especially during hot, dry periods.

As the Palmetto grass establishes its new roots into the soil you can check the moisture depth with a screwdriver or sharp tool by pushing it into the grass. If it is hard to push the screwdriver into the Palmetto turf, then it requires water.

Watering your Palmetto in the early morning allows it to take advantage of the daily start of the grass’s normal growing cycle.

Once Palmetto’s roots are fully established water thoroughly only when needed – such as when a slight wilting is visual.

Palmetto can be watered once every 7-10 days during summer (on sandy soils more often) and much less in cooler months.

In fact, infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy Palmetto lawn.


The use of a complete fertiliser is recommended for your Palmetto twice a year – once in April and once in September. At other times of the year, use a slow release fertiliser.

If Palmetto needs a quick green-up, then use a fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.


Weed control

Due to Palmetto’s dense growth it is harder for weeds to invade the lawn.

However, if weeds infest your Palmetto grass, hand eradication is advised before seed heads develop or apply a suitable weedicide.


Army Worm in Grass

Palmetto grass has a high resistance to pests.

It is recommended, however, to watch for Lawn Grubs (for example Web Worm or Army Worm) and African Black Beetle in your Palmetto and if found apply suitable pesticides.


The main disease to affect Palmetto can be Brown Patch – however it is very rare.

Brown Patch first appears on your lawn in a circular patch which can range in size from a few centimetres up to a metre in diameter.

Brown Patch is more prevalent in high humidity conditions during spring and autumn.

Control of Brown Patch on your Palmetto lawn is generally with a recommended fungicide – seek further advice from your Local Garden Centre.


Palmetto grass can be found from Queensland down to Victoria and across in Western Australia. Your local Grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

To find suppliers of Palmetto grass near where you live go to Find a Turf Supplier.

Price wise and for a low maintenance lawn, Palmetto grass costs between $10 and $15 per square metre. To get more Palmetto Buffalo pricing info, visit our Palmetto Buffalo info page and get 3 quotes from your local Palmetto growers today.


Man and his Dog on Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn

Maintenance: Palmetto grass grows slower than other Buffalo varieties, therefore less mowing and less maintenance.

Water efficiency: Palmetto’s deep-rooted system means it is an efficient water user and drought tolerant.

Colour: Palmetto is renowned for its dark leaf colour that makes it attractive to lawn enthusiasts.

Wear tolerance: Palmetto has strong-growing runners that grow across the ground, rather than upwards, which creates a dense lawn with solid wear tolerance and a good recovery rate.

Shade tolerance: In high wear areas Palmetto has a shade tolerance of 45% and in low wear sites a shade tolerance of 65%.

Weed resistance: Once Palmetto grass has established a strong deep-rooted system, weeds find it difficult to invade.


  • What type of grass is Palmetto? Palmetto is a soft leaf Buffalo grass.
  • Is Palmetto a Buffalo grass? Yes, Palmetto soft leaf is a Buffalo grass.
  • How do you care for Palmetto grass?  To maintain a good healthy Palmetto grass water twice weekly and less frequently in cooler months and fertilise at least twice a year in April and September.
  • What is the best time to plant Palmetto grass? Palmetto turf can be established year-round except in
    cold climates during winter and where it is below freezing. It is suitable in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria.
  • Is Palmetto grass shade tolerant? Palmetto grass can tolerate shade of up to 45% on low wear areas and up to 65% on high wear sites. In fact, Palmetto grass has very high shade tolerance.
  • Does Palmetto grass spread? Palmetto turf can be left for a lot longer than other varieties with no maintenance or mowing and will not spread or grow invasively.
  • How fast does Palmetto grass grow? Palmetto grass, after about 20 weeks grew to 112mm in height, a lot lower than other Buffalo varieties.
  • Does Palmetto grass grow in winter? To maintain a green lush lawn in winter mow at a moderate length and use an autumn fertiliser to achieve good colour.
  • How often should you water Palmetto grass? Palmetto can be watered once every 7-10 days during summer (on sandy soils more often) and much less in cooler months.
  • What is the best length to cut Palmetto grass? Cut your Palmetto grass to between 20mm to 50mm in full sunny/lighted shaded areas and between 50mm and 70mm in heavier shaded sites.
  • What does Palmetto grass look like? Palmetto grass has a short broad soft leaf which is dark green in colour and strong, quick growing runners that develop laterally.

Dog Laying on Palmetto Grass

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