Sir Walter Buffalo vs Eureka KikuyuLet’s compare two popular grass types
With so many grasses on the market, the decision on which grass to choose for your new lawn becomes complex. There are many factors that will influence your choice including the amount shade your lawn will receive throughout the day, the local climate, the wear and tear the lawn will be subjected to, the amount of time you are prepared to invest in maintaining the lawn and of course the overall monetary investment you wish to make.
Let’s compare two popular grass types Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo and Eureka Kikuyu.
Like all plants, grass needs sunlight to grow and thrive, however not all grass types are created equal, and some require more or less sun than others to achieve its maximum performance potential. If your lawn area is in full sun all day most grass types will thrive when maintained well. If your lawn area is partly shaded by trees, hedges or overshadow from the house itself, for at least some of the day, selecting a shade tolerant grass variety will be essential.
Sir Walter Buffalo has a high tolerance for shade, thriving on as little as 3 hours of sunlight per day on average. In comparison, Eureka Kikuyu has poor shade tolerance requiring full sun for the majority of the day.
Every Australian garden will experience times of drought, so choosing a grass variety for your lawn that can tolerate drought conditions is important.
Born and bred in Australia, for Australian conditions, Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo has proven its superior performance in drought conditions over other varieties including Eureka Kikuyu. The deep root system of the Sir Walter turf variety penetrates further into the subsoil than other varieties, taking advantage of moisture from deeper within the soil profile. Patios and decks can be great for entertaining, however they aren’t always large enough. Having a grass that can deal with wear and tear and that actually repairs itself like Sir Walter can extend these garden features into areas fit for large family gatherings and celebrations.
Sir Walter Buffalo is a low maintenance grass variety. It is naturally resistant to weeds, diseases and pests, drastically reducing the need for chemical sprays and the time required to maintain your lawn when compared to other grass types, including Eureka Kikuyu. Sir Walter Buffalo is also non-invasive, which means your surrounding garden will require less maintenance when compared to the invasive nature of Eureka Kikuyu. An added benefit of a Sir Walter Buffalo lawn is that mowing will be less of a chore in the summer months as Sir Walter Buffalo has a slower growth rate than vigorous Kikuyu.
Wear and tear
Active kids, backyard sport, swing sets, pets and foot traffic will take their toll on your lawn over time. Sir Walter Buffalo, with its tight growth habit will withstand a high level of general wear and tear. If damaged, both Sir Walter Buffalo and Eureka Kikuyu will self-repair rapidly.
Sir Walter Buffalo is a clear overall winner in terms of performance – it is low maintenance, shade tolerant and hardy. This performance does come at a higher per square metre cost so, if budget is your highest priority, and you have a yard in full sun, Eureka Kikuyu might be the best selection for you. If a low maintenance, high performance lawn is something you wish to invest in upfront, saving the longer-term costs of maintaining the lawn over time, Sir Walter Buffalo is the best choice for you. It’s no surprise that Sir Walter Buffalo is Australia’s Number 1 choice for lawns.