Sapphire has all the benefits of the other high performance soft leaf Buffalo grass varieties (less watering, deep roots, greener in winter, hard wearing etc.) along with the added benefit of a finer texture.
Sapphire Buffalo grass does not rely on fine leaves for its fine texture, but its folding leaf. When Sapphire is mature, its leaf folds at tight angles along its axis, resulting in a finer texture. This is important, because fine leaf Buffalo lawns usually have thatch problems, are shallow rooted, poor wearing and slow growing. A fine leaf Sapphire Buffalo lawn does not suffer from these problems.
This photo demonstrates the difference in the width of Sapphire's blade compared to common soft leaf Buffalo. Most other soft leaf Buffalo grass varieties have a similar width leaf to the common form. Sapphire has a much finer texture.
Sapphire Buffalo turf has great winter colour in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne (provided it is fertilised in April). It will go dormant in colder areas such as Canberra, although Sapphire will still hold its colour better in winter. Click here to find out how to keep your Sapphire lawn even greener in winter.
Sapphire is still holding its winter colour with a heavy cover of frost.
Sapphire is the number one Buffalo in shade. This has been based on averages gathered from the Horticultural Australia and Department of Primary Industries trial data (click here for a summary of the results). Sapphire is recommended for up to 70% shade in areas with low wear and up to 50% shade in areas with moderate to high wear.
Sapphire Buffalo Grass has rapid growth across the ground. This high performance allows it to cope well with high traffic situations. In extra high wear areas it is recommended that you fertilise and water more than normal.
Due to the tight mat and high performance of Sapphire Buffalo grass it leaves very little room for weeds to grow. It is excellent at out competing weeds. In the unlikely event that broad leaf weeds ever become a problem, a Sapphire Buffalo lawn can be sprayed with Bromoxynil and MCPA, as it is resistant to these chemicals. Follow directions on the spray pack. Remember NEVER to use Dicamba on Buffalo grass.
A Sapphire Buffalo lawn has a very deep root system, which means it can hang on looking great with less frequent watering. In normal soils on the East Coast of Australia, a Sapphire Buffalo lawn should only need watering in the warmer months. In general once every few weeks should be enough, except in severe heat and drought conditions.
Sapphire fine leaf Buffalo has been tested down to minus 10 ºC in Canberra.
Sapphire Buffalo Grass is proving to be less spongy than other buffalo varieties.
In data from the DPI and HAL research, from a site located at Richmond, NSW, Sapphire had on average far less seed head over a 12 month monitoring period compared to the average of other Buffalos. In fact, after summarising the research data we found Sapphire had a 39% lower seed head score compared to the averages of other Buffalos.
At average salt water pool levels, Sapphire was one of the best performing grasses in Department of Primary Industries Research.
Mowing Height: 35mm - 45mm in full sun, and 50mm to 60mm in the shade.
Use: Residential and commercial lawns, parks etc.
Root Structure: Deep rooted.
Internode Length: 50.4mm average
Leaf width: 6.4mm average
Leaf colour: Colour green (RHS 137A)
Leaf length: 20.2mm average