All you need to know about Sir Walter
Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo grass is the ultimate Australian turf for more reasons than one. Made for Australian lawns, this is certainly a variety you’ll want in your backyard. For more information on this turf and to understand why it is a national favourite, keep reading below.
About Sir Walter
With quite a rich history, originating in Australia, Sir Walter has many characteristics that make it the number one choice for homes all over Australia. Buffalo turf varieties have come a long way, and with the Sir Walter Buffalo price and quality being so great, it’s clear to see how far they’ve come.
The first recordings of buffalo turf being grown in Australia come from the 1820s, where a Sydney farmer by the name of Gregory Blaxland is known as the first person to cultivate it here. The turf is thought to have originated in either Africa, the Americas or the Mediterranean.
In its early years, buffalo lawn consisted of quite sharp leaf blades and it was fairly rough to stand on. This has changed dramatically over time, however, especially with the introduction of Sir Walter Buffalo turf. Sir Walter Buffalo originated in Australia in the 1990s and has since become one of Australia’s most popular varieties.
Its popularity stems from the fact that it is one of the softest buffalo turf varieties to ever be produced. It also has the ability to grow healthily in a wide range of conditions, which means it is very suited to the dynamic Australian climate.
Sir Walter Buffalo turf has an extremely strong root system that allows it to maximise its nutrient intake, giving it the ability to withstand wear and tear and be very drought and shade tolerant. It grows well in many different types of soils, so it’s easy to see why it’s so perfect for the Australian climate.
Features of Sir Walter turf
This certified turf has many attributes that are worth looking at. Below, we’ve listed the top features that make Sir Walter the strong contender it is.
High drought resistance
Bred in Australia, this turf variety is made to survive through the frequent drought climates. When times are tough and the heat is strong, your Sir Walter Buffalo grass will survive on a limited water supply when water restrictions are enforced.
High shade tolerance
With up to 75% shade tolerance, Sir Walter can survive through the majority of shady properties. In saying that, its ability to survive in heat matched with its drought resistance will also allow it to survive on properties with minimal shade.
Survives Australian climate
As mentioned earlier, this grass originated in Australia to survive the country’s harsh climates. From the extreme heat and drought-stricken summers to the cold winters that bring frost, this grass has proven it can survive through all four seasons of the year.
High wear tolerance
Built to survive the tough Australian environment, it is no surprise Sir Walter has a high wear tolerance. This makes it ideal for commercial, industrial and residential uses as it can sustain high amounts of traffic due to its incredible strength.
Due to its tight growth habit, weeds have a hard time trying to grow through Sir Walter lawns. This is great news for those who like to keep their lawns weed-free! With its soft texture and weed resistance, you know your kids will have a safe place to play.
Disease and fungus resistant
As Sir Walter is a disease and fungus resistant, you won’t have to cater to your lawn as much as you would to other varieties. This feature means your lawn will be less prone to moss and other diseases that can consequentially kill your grass.
Another reason this will do well in high traffic areas is the fact that this turf variety is self-repairing. If damaged, Sir Walter has the ability to repair itself, meaning not only is it strong, but it will also reduce your lawn from sporting any bare patches.
Another great feature is that Sir Walter has good salt tolerance. This makes it perfect for those who have a property prone to salt. From beachside properties to lawns next to pool areas, you will have peace of mind knowing your grass will survive.
After a lawn that will keep your family safe from hay fever? You will want to consider installing Sir Walter in your yards! Holding a low allergy rating, this turf variety will help limit your chances by relieving symptoms.
As a low allergenic turf, Sir Walter produces less pollen than other grass and plant varieties. As pollen can be one of the main triggers for asthmatics and allergens, you won’t be as much at risk with this grass on your property.
An appealing characteristic of Sir Walter is its gorgeous appearance. Made up of broad leaves with a tight growth habit, this grass conveys a deep and full appearance on any lawn it covers. Due to its tight growth, this turf is weed resistant, guaranteeing a manicured lawn that is weed-free.
Its ability to self-repair reduces any bare patches, giving you a better-looking lawn that is completely covered from each end. Not to mention the soft texture of its leaf gives it a luscious finish. This makes it perfect for families who love to entertain guests and have kids running around the yard!
Finally, one of Sir Walter’s strong points is its overall colour. This high-performing grass maintains a deep vibrant green shade all year long due to its low maintenance and independent features.
Maintaining Sir Walter grass
A fantastic feature of Sir Walter is that it is extremely low maintenance. This means you’ll spend less time slavering over your lawn compared to your neighbours. However, to ensure you maintain a healthy and fresh lawn, here are some tips you can implement to guarantee you make the most of your Sir Walter.
You should ensure you are giving your Sir Walter enough water to maintain its colour and health. It is recommended to water your lawn deeply but not too often. This encourages the strong development of root systems that make the lawn hardier and more resistant to pests.
The best time to water your Sir Walter lawn is early morning, from 4 to 8 AM. Watering in the evening should be avoided. If the lawn is watered overnight, it will remain wet through the night which can cause turf diseases to develop over time.
As for mowing, we recommend mowing it regularly and controlling the build-up of thatch to preserve its health. You should mow your grass once a week during summer and once a month or not at all during the colder season. It is also advised that you keep your mowing height around 50mm for a neat and manicured lawn.
Sir Walter compared to other turf varieties
Vs Palmetto Buffalo
Palmetto buffalo is a similar grass but has a few key differences to the more established Sir Walter.
Let’s take a look at what makes these two varieties so different.
Both of the buffalos love full sun, but Palmetto is slightly better at standing up against the unrelenting UV of this sunburnt country of ours. On the flipside, Sir Walter gets the points when it comes to shade tolerance. It is incredibly resilient against shade for a buffalo, making it perfect for those who have trees and shrubs overhanging the turf in their backyard.
While both varieties are once again fantastically drought tolerant when compared to standard turfs, Palmetto is slightly better at handling extended dry spells thanks to its deeper roots. In terms of wear and tear, however, Sir Walter comes out on top. As a slightly more aggressive and denser grower, it has been proven to bounce back time and time again against even the roughest of treatment.
Both of these grasses are warm season varieties, meaning that they grow best in balmy climates. But for those in the south, Sir Walter comes up trumps. This is thanks mainly to its greater shade tolerance, allowing it to retain its colour better during what is traditionally a cloudier time of year.
Vs Eureka Kikuyu
When it comes to the Eureka Kikuyu, Sir Walter shares a few qualities but generally comes out on top overall.
Whereas Sir Walter is extremely low maintenance, Eureka tends to require a little more attention. Due to its extremely fast growth, this turf will need to be cut and maintained more often to ensure a neat and satisfactory height.
Sir Walter has Eureka beaten when it comes to climate conditions. Handling drought and heat better, Sir Walter would be best for the harsh Australian conditions. However, in saying that, Eureka is still well suited to the unpredictable climate.
As for wear tolerance, both of these varieties come neck to neck and are suitable for high traffic areas that experience lots of use and wear. But overall, it is easy to see Sir Walter is the winning turf in this race.
Vs Sir Grange
A turf variety that is a close competitor to Sir Walter, Sir Grange is near is many aspects.
The shade and wear tolerance for both varieties are extremely close with both boosting a 75% shade tolerance rating. Their weed and pest resistance are also at the same level, with both combating weeds and pests just as easily as the other.
Overall their performance rating is equal, with the choice coming down to the overall preference of the buyer. The main difference between the two is that Sir Walter has soft broad leaves that photosynthesise well compared to Sir Grange’s finer leaf.
Vs Nullarbor Couch
When you compare Sir Walter to Nullarbor Couch, you’ll find there are multiple differences between the two turf varieties. For example, a Nullarbor lawn needs more attention when it comes to mowing and fertilising where a Sir Walter lawn is extremely low maintenance, needing little mowing and fertilising throughout the year.
Sir Walter is also stronger when it comes to combating weed and pests. Due to its tight growth habit, you’ll come close to never finding a pesky weed in your lawn. With higher weed and pest resistance ratings, the buffalo variety is much more sustainable compared to the couch turf.
A Sir Walter lawn will still thrive in both shady and hot conditions, where the Nullarbor isn’t as accustomed to shade or heated drought conditions. This means you’ll find your Sir Walter lawn will flourish better throughout the year compared to a lawn installed with Nullarbor Couch.
Vs TifTuf Bermuda
TifTuf Bermuda grass is a strong competitor to Sir Walter with many features sharing the same level of strength. However, the two compete with each other where the other lacks.
For example, TifTuf Bermuda is more acceptable to heat and drought conditions, where Sir Walter is far more tolerant of shade. But when it comes down to it, Sir Walter has a higher overall rating due to its additional superior attributes.
The additional features you inherit with a Sir Walter lawn is self-repairing, low allergenic, fungus and weed resisting traits you won’t find in TifTuf lawns.
Sir Walter Buffalo warranty and price
At J & B Buffalo Turf Supplies, we’re proud of our partnership with Lawn Solutions Australia, and we’re ecstatic to provide you with this high quality, Australian grown turf, complete with Lawn Solutions Australia’s 10-year warranty. With this partnership, which guarantees genetic purity, we’re able to offer you Sir Walter DNA Certified turf for an affordable price.
As well as this, we also provide our $90 delivery fee, no matter how big your purchase is, or where in Sydney you are based. If you want some of Sydney’s best Sir Walter Buffalo lawn at a reasonable price, talk to us today or visit our online store.
Are you ready to invest in Sir Walter? We invite you to order your turf online today to start organising your brand-new lawn. Or if you would like to talk to a turf professional, give our friendly staff a call on 1800 668 786 to learn more about this national favourite.