Prestige® Buffalo – The ultimate and next generation Buffalo

Prestige® Buffalo – The ultimate and next generation Buffalo


  • High shade tolerance
  • Medium drought tolerance
  • Low maintenance – less mowing, fertiliser and water
  • Low thatch
  • High wear tolerance and rapid recovery rate
  • Solid weed resistance due to dense growth
  • Darkest green all year-round
  • Superior winter colour
  • Broad leaf and soft to touch and underfoot
  • Produces little seed head (a common irritant for people with allergies)

Man Showing Neighbor Dark Green Prestige Buffalo Lawn

Prestige Buffalo® Grass has taken the market by storm and is the ultimate choice for lovers of dark green, soft leaf  lawn year-round.

Prestige Buffalo turf is bred from the World’s most popular buffalo – Palmetto – and is now the next generation of buffalo with the same and more outstanding traits.

With a fast growth habit, Prestige Buffalo is able to recover quickly from wear and tear. As the variety is also low thatch – it is low in maintenance.

For sun and shade tolerance, Prestige Buffalo will tolerate up to 70% shade with low wear, and up to 50% shade with moderate to high wear.

This strain of Buffalo sees Prestige turf being the most cold and drought tolerant variety when compared to other grasses.

Due to its large, deep root system Prestige Buffalo is an efficient water user and is able to stay green longer in dry conditions.

Once established, Prestige turf’s dense growth makes it harder for weeds to invade.

Shade tolerance

Prestige Buffalo grass works in full to moderately heavy shade conditions and will tolerate up to 70% shade conditions.

Three to four hours minimum of sunlight each day is recommended for your Prestige turf, at an absolute minimum it must have at least two hours of sun a day.

Drought and cold tolerance

Close Up Shot of Dark Green and Soft Prestige Buffalo Grass

As Prestige turf has a large, deep rooted system it is an efficient water user and stays green longer in dry conditions.

For this same reason, Prestige is able to cope with cold and stay green in winter.

Prestige Buffalo is considered drought tolerant as all warm season grasses are, however, all warm season grasses may brown-off in drought if not watered when the leaves start to wilt.

If there is a long period of drought, Prestige turf will need watering to survive. Try not to leave the lawn brown from drought stress for more than 1 week if possible, as it will take longer to come back.

Less thatch

Prestige turf is a low thatch variety which means the lawn is less spongy and therefore much healthier.

When lawns have a high build-up of thatch, new roots may not penetrate as deeply into the soil, making the turf less tolerant of hot and cold conditions – this is not an issue with Prestige Buffalo.

Over a long period of time Prestige Buffalo can still get thatch, particularly if mown very tall or left too long between mowing.

However, Prestige turf will produce less thatch compared to other Buffalo varieties and can be dethatched if needed.

Hard wearing

Prestige turf’s fast growth habit means it recovers quickly from wear damage.

It stands up to frequent use in most Australian backyards, thanks to its fast growth habits and strong root structure.

Darkest green Buffalo year round

Colour can be a top priority when choosing turf and Prestige Buffalo is the ultimate choice for lovers of dark green lawn.

In fact, trial work has found that Prestige is the darkest green Buffalo on the market and it keeps amazing winter colour.




It is recommended that you cut your Prestige Buffalo to 35mm – 45mm in sun and in shade, 50mm -60mm.

Mow your Prestige turf every 7-10 days in warmer months and every 3 – 6 weeks in colder months.

Watering your Prestige turf

Proper watering immediately after installation will ensure your Prestige Buffalo becomes well established.

Begin watering your new Prestige Turf 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 Prestige Buffalo turf should be moist, if not, you need to apply more water.

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

As the Prestige turf 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 Prestige turf, then it requires water.

Once the root system of the Prestige Buffalo has been established water thoroughly only when needed – when a slight wilting is visible – usually every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often) and must less in cooler months.

Remember infrequent deep watering of your Prestige turf promotes a healthy lawn and a strong deep root system.

Watering time is best in the early morning.


Prestige Buffalo grass needs to be feed to remain strong and healthy. After laying it is important to use a slow release fertiliser (once a month).

Once established, use a complete fertiliser on your Prestige turf in early April and early September.  At other times of the year use a slow release fertiliser.

If you need a quick green-up of your Prestige turf, then use a fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.

In the heat of summer avoid over fertilising your Prestige grass or using manure-based products.

Weed control

Prestige Buffalo’s dense growth pattern makes it great at out-competing weeds.

However, if weeds infest your Prestige turf, hand eradicate before seed head develops or apply a suitable weedicide.

It is a good idea to always check your lawn regularly for weeds.

Pest control

Prestige grass is resistant to most pests compare to other turf varieties but as with any natural product occasional problems can occur.

It is recommended to watch for Lawn Grubs (for example Web Worm or Army Worm) and African Black Beetle, if found apply suitable pesticides to your Prestige Buffalo according to directions.


Young Girl Playing on Prestige Buffalo Lawn

Prestige turf can be grown from Queensland to Victoria and in Western Australia.

Prestige turf can be established year-round except in cold climates, during winter and where it is below freezing. It is suitable to grow in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria. Your local Grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

Price wise – Prestige turf is one of the most affordable high-quality lawns on the market retailing between $13 and $16 per square metre. To get more Prestige Buffalo pricing info, visit our Prestige Buffalo info page and get 3 quotes from your local growers today.


Colour: Prestige turf has proven to be the darkest green buffalo year-round.

Maintenance: Prestige turf is low maintenance.

Water efficiency: Due to its large, deep root system, Prestige turf is an efficient water user and stays green longer in dry conditions.

Shade tolerance: Prestige works in full sun to moderately heavy shaded conditions.

Salt tolerance: Prestige turf handles areas exposed to limited salt exposure, including coastal locations with salt spray and next to saltwater pools.

Less seed head: Prestige grass produces less seed head than other Buffalo varieties such as Sir Walter, Matilda and Kings Pride.


  • Is Prestige Buffalo traffic tolerant? Prestige Buffalo’s fast growth habits means it copes very well with wear and tear, and is rated high for wear tolerance.
  • Does Prestige Buffalo grow in the shade? Prestige Buffalo will tolerate up to 70% shade conditions.
  • What does Prestige Buffalo look like? Prestige Buffalo has a dark broad green leaf colour and is more ground hugging then other Buffalo varieties. It is also soft to touch underfoot.
  • How fast does Prestige Buffalo grow? Prestige Buffalo grows moderately fast and is mown every 7-10 days in warmer months and 3-6 weeks in cooler months.
  • When is the best time to lay Prestige Buffalo? Prestige can be laid year-round except in cold climates during winter and where it is below freezing. 
  • How to care for Prestige Buffalo? Prestige Buffalo once established requires regular early morning watering (deeply twice a week) and fertilising at least twice a year.

Prestige Buffalo Grass Layed in Front Yard


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