Quick Guide for warm season grass

Deciding between pre-grown grass or seed can be confusing – we suggest working your way through the following questions to help you decide which is best for you.

Step 1: Is your yard uniquely suited to Buffalo grass?

Check out the table below. Buffalo can only be established from pre-grown grass.

  Water Efficiency Drought Tolerance Heat Tolerance Shade Tolerance Colour Retention Wear Tolerance Fertiliser Efficiency Salt Tolerance Frost Tolerance
Couch High Excellent High Low Medium Excellent Excellent High Low
Kikuyu Excellent Excellent Excellent Medium Medium Excellent Medium Medium Low
Buffalo High Excellent High Excellent High Medium Medium Medium Medium

Step 2: Are you able to keep all pets and foot traffic off the area for four full weeks?

If not, pre-grown grass may be best suited for you – as it is more resilient earlier on.

Step 3: Is instant gratification or cost effectiveness more important?

Seed can often be the more cost effective solution although it is likely to take 4-6 weeks for you to achieve even growth across the grassed area. As a general rule, pre-grown grass is 2-3 times more expensive than seed.

Step 4: Are you willing/ able to do some manual labour in sowing the seed?

While seed can always be sown by a landscape gardener, most people who choose to lay seed do so for its lower cost. Remember to factor in the costs of improving the current soil quality, top dressing the grass, soil, fertiliser and water crystals. For smaller areas, pre-grown grass can sometimes be cheaper.

Step 5: When are you installing?

For the establishment of grass during colder weather, pre-grown grass is likely to give better results than seed. For establishment of grass during March, pre-grown grass is likely to give better results than seed.