Buffalo Lawn Seed Blend

  1. Lawn
  2. Heavy Traffic
  3. Erosion Control

The McKays Buffalo Blend contains one of the very few drought-tolerant North American Buffalo grasses suitable for lawn use. It is also the only Buffalo variety available in seed in Australia.

Buffalo grass is a warm season grass, thriving in the warmer climates of Australia. Once established it has a very fine, medium-dark green leaf that is very soft to walk on. This is a different look to the broad leaf turf type varieties.

McKays Buffalo Blend is an excellent summer active lawn, greenest during the hottest months of the Summer. Working in combination with the Perennial Ryegrass in this blend, it has good shade, drought and frost tolerance. Being a runner variety of grass, Buffalo is also highly durable, possessing the ability to self repair from heavy use and damage. 

Buffalo lawns remain dormant longer than other warm season grasses in the Winter and will brown off with the first frost. The Perennial Ryegrass in this mix becomes active in the cooler temperatures to provide both protection for the Buffalo during dormancy and a green Winter lawn.

The Buffalo Blend is a great, affordable option for establishing a magnificent Buffalo lawn from scratch. Our Buffalo Blend is an excellent choice for anyone looking to create a lush patch of Buffalo heaven. You can have a thriving Buffalo lawn in a matter of weeks for a fraction of the cost of turf and we have 100’s of happy customers to prove it!


Seeding rates:

New Lawns: 30 grams per square meter (3kg/100m2).

Overseeding: 20 grams per square meter (2kg/100m2).

Please note: Seed may be coated for protection and to enhance germination. Batches may vary.

Please Note: This seed is compliant with WA Biosecurity Requirements and has already undergone quarantine inspection. There is no additional charge or requirements for this seed when ordering from the McKays Grass Seed WA site.

For more information see below for Description and Features to see if this grass suits you!



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Growth Rate



Buffalo grass in North America is not the same species of grass commonly known as “Buffalo” in Australia. It should not be confused with Stenotaphrum Secundatum varieties such as ‘Sir Walter’ or ‘Palmetto’.

McKays Buffalo Blend contains a mix of Buffalo (Bouteloua dactyloides), Turf Type Perennial Rye and McKays Slow Release FertiliserOur blend contains a very high Buffalo content to ensure a high quality Buffalo lawn.

Sowing Tips: Prefers full sun and clay soil, but will grow in sandy loam. Well drained soil is required. It will require 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.

Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area. Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period of both seeds and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall. Adequate water supplies need to be maintained until the grass is fully established.

Optimal Planting Time: It is recommended to sow in Spring and Autumn, climate dependent. It is possible to establish Buffalo in the cooler areas of Australia like Victoria, however, make sure you plant around October/November when the weather is consistently over 25 degrees.

Germination: Approximately 28 days, climate and condition dependent.

Water: Ensure seed remains damp throughout the germination period. Once mature it can survive on as little as 8cm of rainfall per month.

Fertilising: Will benefit from infrequent fertilising to produce optimal performance and a deep green color, however this is not essential.

First Mowing: Once roots are established, approximately 6-8 weeks post germination.

Mowing Frequency: The Buffalo Blend has a low mowing requirement. The Buffalo is a slow growing variety. Buffalo grass can also be mowed infrequently for a “naturalized” lawn, creating a rugged and wild “meadow” appearance.

Mowing Tips:

  • Remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf per mow
  • The lower you mow it, the more often you need to mow
  • In shady areas increase the mowing height of the grass
  • Mowing is the best form of weed control

Disadvantages of Buffalo Blend:

  • Will go dormant in the first frost and will brown off. Color will return when the soil has been warm for 2 weeks.
  • Do not use Buffalo grass as a lawn where snowfall is low and foot traffic is high in the winter.
  • Less suitable for high traffic with kids and dogs than other warm season varieties, particularly when dormant.
  • Establishing a new lawn from scratch with buffalograss seed can take time to fill-in completely. It may also require some overseeding and patience after the initial application while the lawn fills in evenly.
  • Will not blend in well if used to repair bare patches in turf type Buffalo grasses as it has a different leaf, which looks more like the shape of a couchgrass.


  • “Great germination rate”
  • “We’ve bought this twice already and the grass seeds grow very well.” 

Seed & package details: 50% Buffalo (Bouteloua dactyloides), 40% Turf Type Perennial Ryegrass, 10% Slow Release Fertiliser.

Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.

Ideal Usage: Lawns, Commercial Landscapes, Parks, Playgrounds, Golf Course Roughs.

Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Shade tolerance: Good

Daily Sunlight Required: 6+ hours

Drought tolerance:  Excellent

Frost Resistance: Moderate

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent


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  • Warm
  • Cool

Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.

Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

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