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Buffalo Grass

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Description: Buffalo Grass is often tall, greyish-green in appearance and has a fine texture. Commonly found in the West, Southwest, great plains, and Canada, it is a grass well suited for conditions of drought, high heat, high winds, and cool winters. It is a rugged grass that grows well in loam & clay soils, and not well in sandy soils. Buffalo grass is so low maintenance that some people will often only mow it a few times, or even not at all during the year.

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  • Very drought and heat tolerant
  • Good durability
  • Low maintenance
  • Can stay green into the fall
  • Can require very few (if any) mowings each year due to its slow growth rate and high growing height



  • Doesn't grow well in sandy, wet, and alkaline soils
  • Browns in the winter
  • Slow to green in the summer
  • Can look "wild" in appearance and is not usually as well groomed as other common grasses
  • Can encourage weed growth do to its low-density
  • Can be expensive to plant
Common Growing Region
Common Growing Region

Watering: Requires very little water each year. For additional info on watering, see: Watering

Fertilizing: see: Fertilizing Tables

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Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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