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Buffalo Lawn Seed Blend

out of 5
(6 customer reviews)
  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).

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



FROM $ 72.60

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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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Standard Delivery

Australia Wide

$9 - Orders are dispatched within 24 hours via regular Australia post(3-5 Business days)

Express Post Transport Within Australia

Have your order sent via AusPost EXPRESS POST for a flat rate of $15

WA Customers

Due to quarantine restrictions, a $75 fee may apply on any seed products shipped to WA that would need to be cleared by customs. For any WA orders, contact us directly to enquire and place an oder

Pick-up Not Available

Unfortunately, we do not offer local pick-up

  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    New Buffalo Lawn Bought this seed after some advice off Nathan as to what was best for our climate in the southern highlands. Seed has been down for 10days and we have seen numerous sprouts already and it grows steadily each day. The irrigation system we put in to help keep the water up to the seed in the hot weather has been key to the lawn. Couldn’t recommend these guys enough will be definately buying some more!!


  • McKays Review
    1 out of 5

    No service, no advice, no response, offer of fertilizer a joke = dead grass and a waste of money! Emailed company three times with inquiries and photos and ignored. Never found a company with such a bad customer focus. Bought over $200 of Buffalo seed that sprouted up single shoots then promptly died. Go and buy real grass for a better outcome. Pics available to prove a waste of money.


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  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    GOING WELL Grew 10cms from seed in four weeks in Melbourne planting in late March so ordering more. I might have gotten lucky with late warmth and rainfall but very happy regardless.


  • McKays Review
    4 out of 5

    IF ONLY IT CAME WITH A RAIN MAKING FACILITY..... All worked well, good strike and good beginning. Sadly hot dry weather is taking its toll, so am not overly hopeful. No fault of the product or service, simply bad timing


  • McKays Review
    4 out of 5

    GREAT GERMINATION RATE! We've bought this twice already and the grass seeds grow very well.