Sir Walter Buffalo vs Empire Zoysia

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Sir Walter Buffalo vs Empire Zoysia

We have been looking at how different buffalo grasses compare – however this time we are going to put Sir Walter up against a Zoysia turf to see how they compare. Specifically we will be looking at Empire Zoysia grass. In this article we compare the two lawns in the following categories:

  • least amount of thatch
  • shade tolerance
  • sun tolerance
  • drought recovery
  • wear and tear tolerance
  • winter colour

So let’s find how how our two contenders fare in this battle between Sir Walter Buffalo vs Empire Zoysia.

Least amount of thatch

Thatch can be a problem when it comes to your lawn. While a thin layer of thatch can provide insulation against extreme temperatures and fluctuations in soil moisture, thicker layers of thatch can heat up and dry out a lawn very quickly.

Sir Walter is a low thatch type of Buffalo grass. Empire Zoysia is known for its ability to create a dense sward without major thatch problems.

Least amount of thatch: It's a tie between Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia!Winner: It’s a tie!

Shade tolerance

It is important to consider where you will lay your turf and what kind of conditions it will be subjected to. Will it have to deal with full shade, partial shade, or full shade? And if so, which turf will be best suited for this location?

So how well will our turf contenders tolerate shade?

Empire Zoysia prefers a warmer climate and may be less appropriate for temperate zones. Empire Zoysia will tolerate moderate shade. In low wear areas, Empire Zoysia will tolerate up to 50% shade, while in moderate to high wear areas it can tolerate up to 30% shade. Buffalo grasses like Sir Walter have an impressive shade tolerance and does a bit better than Empire Zoysia in this regard.

Shade Tolerance: Sir Walter Buffalo beats out Empire Zoysia!

Winner: Sir Walter Buffalo

Sun tolerance

All plants need sunlight to grow, and grass is no exception — but too much sun can lead to your lawn drying out and potentially dying. If your site is going to receive a lot of sunlight it is important to consider the turf product with the greater sun tolerance.

Australia is a sunburnt country; so how will our turf contenders deal with the sun?

Both Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia perform well in full sun- but again, Zoysia will generally prefer a warmer climate, while Sir Walter can handle fr

Sun Tolerance: Sir Walter Buffalo beats out Empire Zoysia!

Winner: It’s a tie!

Drought recovery

In the same way that we need to consider sun and shade, if you are an area that is prone to drought you need a lawn that can not only tolerate lower water conditions but can bounce back when the rains return or you choose to irrigate.

Drought recovery is a particularly important consideration for Australian lawns.

Empire Zoysia grows slowly and has a slower recovery rate, while Sir Walter has a faster growth rate under normal circumstances it does tend to slow under drought conditions. While Empire Zoysia and Sir Walter are fairly equal in this regard, if you live in a drought prone area you might want to consider one of our other contenders.

Drought Recovery: It's a tie between Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia!

Winner: It’s a tie!

Wear and tear tolerance

Can our turf contenders deal with wear and tear of foot traffic, kids, sports and pets?

Sir Walter is a quick growing grass that tends to repair itself and can tolerate a fair bit of wear and tear from foot traffic, pets, kids and sports. Empire Zoysia is a slow growing turf and may take longer to recover.

Wear And Tear Tolerance: Sir Walter Buffalo beats out Empire Zoysia!

Winner: Sir Walter Buffalo

Winter colour

If you’ve taken the time to lay quality turf and maintained it, the last thing you want is to lose that luscious green colour in the cooler months.

How well will our lawn contenders keep their green colour in winter?

Both Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia boast an impressive winter colour, especially if fertilised well.

Winter Colour: It's a tie between Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia!

Winner: It’s a tie!

Overall winner

Overall WInner: Sir Walter Buffalo takes out the honours!

It’s Sir Walter!

While Sir Walter may have won this round, both Sir Walter Buffalo and Empire Zoysia are impressive turf choices.

Think Empire Zoysia for a luxurious soft zoysia grass that is particularly suited for warmer climates such as Northern NSW and Queensland.

Think Sir Walter for a good all rounder that will perform in more temperate regions such as Sydney and Southern NSW.

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“…The turf was delivered and the delivery gentleman from Atlas even informed us, by eye that we had ordered too little turf, and recommended an amount we needed, and was spot on. The process from ordering, to delivering, to laying was all made easier by Atlas and all of their staff, and I would definitely recommend them to any friends or family.”

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– Brendan, Sydney

I am extremely happy…

“Just a quick note to let you know that I am extremely happy with my new Sir Walter Lawn. Thank you to the Great Service and Advice I received from all the staff at Atlas Turf.”

– David, Windsor

You were fantastic…

“Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how happy we are with our Lawn, right from the start you were fantastic recommending the best lawn for me since I have always lived in a unit it was all a bit confusing. I have a bit of a smile on my face when I walk out on the weekends and my neighbours are all having to mow every weekend but you were right the lawn you selected for me even in summer only needs a quick cut every 3 to 4 weeks to look awesome! Thanks again.”

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