dcsimg
All About Lawns
Lawn Care Service Lawn Mowers and Mowing Lawn Maintenance and Care Grass Types Lawn Weeds and Pests Backyard Basics Lawn Care Provider Directory  

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.

How would you like to improve your lawn?
  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
Do you own your home?
Yes   No
Enter your zipcode:
 

Pros:

  • 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

 

Cons:

  • 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

Return to Grasses...



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



© 2018 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  
×
We have made updates to our Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policy to reflect the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.