Sapphire buffalo grass often competes well with a variety of weed species. However, if your buffalo lawn starts losing its health, weeds can easily attack it. When these weeds establish themselves in your buffalo lawn, you may find it hard to maintain the lawn and control the weeds. This is because some of the methods of weed control, especially the use of herbicides, can result in damages to your buffalo grass. That is, buffalo grass has broad leaves onto which the herbicide can attach and this can affect the grass. For this reason, it's important to be careful when controlling weeds in your buffalo lawn to avoid killing it in the process.

To help you, here are a few tips you may find useful.

Start by Fertilising Your Buffalo Lawn

Fertilise your lawn first before starting on your weed controls or treatments. Doing this will significantly increase the success rate of your weed killers. In addition, it will serve to improve the health of the buffalo grass, increasing its ability to fight the weeds on its own by overpowering them.

Be Careful When Choosing Weed Killers

You will want to eliminate the majority of the weeds first, which are usually broadleaf weeds. This means you will need a broadleaf herbicide. Broadleaf weed killers will take care of weeds such as dandelions and clover. To avoid buying a broadleaf weed killer that will kill your lawn as well, make sure it's recommended for buffalo grass. To identify whether the herbicide or weed killer is suitable for your lawn, look for statements such as "suitable for buffalo lawns" on the packaging.

Test Before Spraying

Even after choosing the best herbicide, it may react differently with the buffalo cultivars. For this reason, select a small area on your lawn and have it tested before spraying the entire lawn. This will act as a benchmark of how your lawn will respond to the weed killers.

Taking Care of Wintergrass

If there is any wintergrass in your lawn, kill it by mixing wintergrass herbicide with some water and applying it where the roots of the wintergrass meet your lawn. Remember to treat wintergrass just before spring, before the plant grows to maturity and increases its ability to resist treatments. 

Know the Best Time to Spray and Mow Your Lawn

Don't spray immediately after mowing because this may severely damage your lawn. In addition, don't mow immediately after spraying since the herbicide may not have penetrated or reacted well and doing this can remove much of it, altering its effectiveness. 

If you have questions, contact a local turfing company that specializes in sapphire buffalo care.