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Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo

Features

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  • Superior shade tolerance
  • Can be mown to very low levels
  • Good winter colour (once established)
  • Low seed-head production

Kings Pride is the difference between a good lawn and a truly great lawn. This new Australian soft-leaf buffalo grass stays greener for longer, is softer than ever, yet is extremely hard-wearing. A Kings Pride lawn will look better, perform better and give you more time to enjoy it. If ordering in winter please read the ‘Availability’ technical information.

Botanical name

Stenotaphrum secundatum ‘Kings Pride’

Position

Shade tolerance is moderate to good. Will tolerate up to 70-80% shade.

Mowing

Mow every 7-10 days in the hot months; every 3-6 weeks in the cold months.

Mowing height: 20-50mm if grown in full sun, 50-70mm if grown in part shade.

Sharpen mower blades frequently.

Allow to grow to maximum length during the cooler months to maintain colour and vigour.

Watering

It is essential that instant turf is laid on moist soil. Then it’s important to water the turf in soon after laying to prevent it from drying out. Watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50 mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days after laying.

After the root system is fully established, water thoroughly only when required:

Once every 7-10 days during warm or hot summer weather (more often on sandy soils), and much less in cooler months.

Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn by encouraging the knitting of the turf sod to the soil. Over-watering can be a problem because it encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.

Guide to watering your new lawn

Root initiation and development – typically the first week

The turf may require watering three times a day for the first week, depending on the temperature, relative humidity and wind.

Soil/root system establishment – typically the second week

Water every second day, and every day if hot and dry, to keep the turf moist.

Third and fourth weeks

Water less frequently, reducing to twice a week by the fourth week. Only water more on hot and dry days.

Fertilising

For best results use a slow release fertiliser three times per year (early spring, mid summer and late autumn). In the heat of summer avoid over-fertilising or using manure-based products.

If you need a quick green up, use a liquid fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.

Do not use weed-and- feed fertilisers unless otherwise stated on product back panel.

Spraying

Sprays containing Dicamba must not be applied.

Availability

Kings Pride is offered for sale year-round. However, customers must understand that establishment during the winter months ( or un-seasonally cold weather) is not ideal and carries certain risks and challenges such as:

  • The grass will be very slow to establish a new root system.
  • The grass will deteriorate without direct sunlight.
  • The grass will deteriorate if kept saturated.
  • The grass is dormant – it will not be active and will lack green colour.
  • The grass will not sustain or recover from repeated use.
  • The grass will become active when air and soil temperatures rise.

Kings Pride is best installed between September and April.

Leaf structure

Internode length: 19.1mm average.

Leaf width: 8.4mm average.

Leaf length: 16.5mm average.

Leaf colour: Green RHS 137A and 137B.

Evergreen to moderate dormancy depending on local conditions.

Broad leaf structure, soft to the touch.

Root structure

Extremely deep rooted

Will tolerate moderate salt levels

Maintenance

Top dress with fine washed sand after installation. Approx. 1 cubic metre to 100 square metres.

Thickness of sod

approx. 25mm

 

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