A healthy Kings Pride Buffalo grass lawn can grow at an extremely fast rate. In fact, a Kings Pride Buffalo lawn which is receiving adequate water and nutrients can grow up to a half a foot high every fortnight in the peak of summer. So just how often should a Kings Pride Buffalo lawn be mowed.
How Often to Mow Buffalo Grass
While Kings Pride grass is not one of the most aggressive grass types for creeping into garden beds and pathways, it’s runners will still naturally grow into surrounding areas and take over if left unchecked. Regular lawn mowing forces the grass to use its available energy to repair its grass leaf which was damaged from the lawn mowing. This process also helps the lawn stay green and healthy, in a process called tillering. As the lawn uses this energy to repair and grow more green leaf, it will greatly reduce all its efforts to spread, meaning far less lawn invasion into garden beds and pathways.
Matching Lawn Mowing to Lawn Growth Rates
All Buffalo lawns will grow at different speeds, which will be dependent on the type of Buffalo grass being used, the weather and time of year (i.e. summer or winter), the availability of nutrients from fertiliser, soil quality and available water. Regardless of the speed of growth of your own Buffalo lawn, the mowing principle remains the same, always try never to remove more than one-third of the green leaf in a single mowing. This regular mowing will ensure the lawn is not scalped from mowing, keeps the lawn looking green and healthy, and controls the thatch build-up which everyone with a Buffalo lawn is well aware of. Regular mowing will also have the added benefit of removing many small weeds before they have a chance to grow seed heads and reproduce more weeds. So with this in mind, a very healthy Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn may need to be mowed every 5-7 days in summer, while a lawn in average condition may only require mowing every 2 weeks through summer. Leaving a Buffalo lawn to grow too long between cuts in summer will greatly increase mowing times, make mowing extremely difficult, produce massive amounts of clippings, grows the thatch layer and risks damaging the lawn from mowing. If you hire a lawn mowing contractor to service your lawns, then with this doubling of service times and efforts, expect the mowing price to also double.