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Sir Walter Buffalo vs Palmetto Buffalo

We continue our buffalo grass showdown, this time comparing Sir Walter and Palmetto! In this article we compare the two soft leaf buffalo grass in the following categories:

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

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

Least amount of thatch

A thin layer of thatch can provide insulation against extreme temperatures and fluctuations in soil moisture, however thicker layers of thatch can heat up and dry out a lawn very quickly.

Both Sir Walter and Palmetto are low thatch types of grass, however Palmetto is the far and away the best option when it comes to the least amount of thatch!

Winner: Palmetto

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?

Sir Walter fares marginally better than Palmetto in its shade tolerance so if your area gets a fair amount of shade Sir Walter made the right choice for you.

Winner: Sir Walter

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?

Palmetto is in a category all of it’s own when it comes to sun tolerance.

Winner: Palmetto

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.

Palmetto proved to be more drought tolerant than Sir Walter.

Winner: Palmetto

Wear and tear tolerance

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

Sir Walter and Palmetto are fairly evenly placed when it comes to their wear and tear tolerance, though Sir Walter does nudge it’s way to winning this particular category!

Winner: Sir Walter

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?

This is one of the key differences between Sir Walter and Palmetto and will come down to the position of your lawn. Palmetto keeps its winter colour better in full sun, while Sir Walter holds its own in partial shade.

Winner in full sun: Palmetto

Winner in partial shade: Sir Walter 

Least seeding buffalo grass

Which of our two turfs will produce the least amount of seed?

Palmetto is the lowest seeding of the two grasses.

Winner: Palmetto

Overall winner

While Palmetto did tick more of the boxes for this particular challenge, we believe both products can be a great option depending on your sites and needs.

Think Palmetto for a buffalo that holds its winter colour in full sun, has a low thatch and can hold its own in a variety of weather conditions.

Think Sir Walter when you are after a buffalo grass that will keep its winter colour in partial shade and has a great tolerance for wear and tear.

Extremely satisfied…

“We have used and recommended Atlas Turf for the last few years and have been extremely satisfied. Kerrie and Neale grow exceptionally good quality grass of various varieties, that meet both our high standards as well as meeting our customers needs. Availability and delivery has never been an issue and their staff have always been very helpful. If you’re looking at new grass or looking to change suppliers, we would have no hesitation in recommending Atlas Turf.”

– Shelley Conasch, Feature Trees Australia

I would definitely recommend…

“…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.”

– Brendan, Sydney

Prompt and lovely to deal with…

“We used Atlas Turf to turf our whole yard, front and back. The staff on the phone were prompt, lovely to deal with and were very knowledgeable not only of their own product but also helped answer many questions about the preparation, maintenance and also a few tips to help lay the turf.”

– 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.”

– Kent, Quakers Hill