Palmetto Buffalo Turf Research

Palmetto Buffalo Turf Research | A summary of key findings of popular turf varieties.

  • The best winter colour for a low maintenance turf in the trial was Palmetto Buffalo Grass. It had a 25% better late winter colour than Sir Walter, and a 126% better winter colour than Shade Master Buffalo grass.
  • Based on sensible maintenance and analyzing the minimum mowing frequency, this investigation shows that Palmetto Buffalo Grass required 14.3% less mowing than Sir Walter. Shademaster required 7% less mowing than Sir Walter and Palmetto required 7.7% less mowing than Shademaster.
  • Palmetto Buffalo Grass had considerably less thatch than Sir Walter. Shademaster had by far the most thatch (sponginess) of all three Buffalo grasses in the trial.
  • Sir Walter produced noticeably far more seed head than either the Palmetto Buffalo Grass or the Shademaster.

This is only a summary of key findings, but to better understand the paper, see the research and other important aspects, it is recommended to read the entire paper. To see the full study click here.

Please note: The results in this investigation were achieved in what we believe was an accurate and unbiased manner, and should anyone follow the same experiment again, Ozbreed believes they should get similar results. For purposes of full disclosure, the following information is tabled. This investigation was conducted by Ian Paananen, a scientist, who has completed some other paid work for Ozbreed Pty Ltd in the past, and Henry Locock, a mowing contractor who has worked for the principle of Ozbreed in the past, and Nathan Dutschke a horticulturalist and an employee of Ozbreed.