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Buffalo Grass, Won't You Come Out Tonight?

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Find out what residents of the southwestern United States have known for centuries: Buffalo grass provides a durable, beautiful turf for your lawn that requires very little maintenance. Introduce yourself to this warm-season grass.

Buffalo grass earned its name by being the main source of nourishment for buffalo herds across the Great Plains. Its low-water needs and ability to produce seeds, makes it incredibly sustaining. While predominantly found on roadsides, school grounds, parks, open-lawn areas, golf courses, and cemeteries, buffalo grass is becoming a popular yard selection.
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Buffalo Grass: Buchloe Dactyloides

  • Description. A warm-season perennial grass that grows only eight to ten inches high. There are both male and female plantsthat resemble curly mesquite.
  • Planting. Chilled seeds break their dormancy faster. For best results, plant in April and May when temperatures are moisture are favorable.
  • Management. Mow at a height of two to three inches and use a nitrogen-based fertilizer. Do not exceed two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year.

Don't Feed Your Weeds

Great care should be used when applying nitrogen fertilizer. Because many voracious weeds respond to nitrogen, treat your yard for weeds first. Once weeds have attached themselves to buffalo grass sections, they're quite difficult to remove. Also, excessive watering may lead to Bermuda grass infestation.

Your buffalo grass should stay green throughout the spring and summer months, then go dormant and turn brown in the winter. This shade change is only temporary and will return to green when spring rolls around.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.



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