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Buffalo lawn is a fantastic all-round choice for Australian lawns, as it’s soft and green, tolerates a variety of soils and shade conditions, is low maintenance and very water efficient. It’s also self-repairing and thanks to thick growth, can often out-compete weeds. However, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t require any maintenance at all! Looking after your buffalo lawn will go a long way in ensuring its longevity and healthiness.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below you'll find all the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
The tools and materials you’ll need to complete this project.


Ensure that you mow your buffalo lawn regularly to regulate the extent of thatch development. The mowing height depends on your preference. For a spongy lawn, a mowing height of 50mm is ideal. If you prefer a less thatch and tight lawn, a mowing height of 30mm is recommended.

A person mowing a lawn with a lawn mower


While buffalo grass is easy to maintain, a lack of a fertilising will cause your lawn to lose its health and colour. In areas with highly sandy soils, fertilising the lawn every two months will help maintain its lushness. In other places, fertilising it in late autumn will help maintain your lawn's colour even in the winter. Using a fertiliser with an added wetting agent will enhance the flow of water into the soil. Always water in well after application.

A person sprinkling granules of fertiliser on a lawn


In most parts of Australia, it's best to water your buffalo lawn once every two weeks during the summer. In hot regions such as WA, water twice a week during the hot summer months. Reduce watering frequency in autumn and spring and never water during the winter. Watering your buffalo lawn early in the morning rather than in the afternoon or evening reduces the chances of fungal disease infections.

A person watering a lawn with a sprayer hose


De-thatch your lawn by mowing it short once or twice every year, either in late autumn or early spring and raking it with a thatching rake. Be careful not to overdo this as it could kill your lawn – make sure to leave the runners still covering the ground. Fertilising your lawn after de-thatching is optional, but it will make your lawn regrow much faster. 

A person raking a lawn


Identify any weeds that need removing. Either remove by hand using a weeding tool and bucket or alternatively, use a selective herbicide weed killer to kill the weeds. Make sure it is suitable for buffalo grass before using – the last thing you want to do is destroy your beautiful lawn!

A person kneeling on grass with a weeding tool


If you have any areas of concern in your lawn where the grass isn't growing, consider using a pitchfork to aerate the soil. Rope off the area of concern to prevent foot traffic, this will give the lawn a chance to fix itself. 

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Find out more about maintaining your garden with our guides to weeding, mowing and trimming your lawn

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.