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Would you like a lawn that doesn’t require fertilizer, pesticides, or frequent mowing? Our newest grass selection offers a low-resource alternative to traditional turf grass. Bouteloua dactyloides, commonly called Buffalo Grass, spreads quickly by rhizomes to form a dense carpet. Fine-textured, gray-green to blue-green foliage grows 10-12 inches long but curls and drapes over for a shorter appearance. Bouteloua dactyloides is a warm-season grass that’s native to Manitoba and Saskatchewan, south through the Central Plains states of the U.S. and down into Mexico. It’s a dominant grass in shortgrass prairie and often forms the understory in taller prairies.
Buffalo Grass needs full sun but has low fertility and water requirements. It tolerates heat, drought, and alkaline soils. It is intolerant of heavy moisture and sandy soils. It only needs 1.5” of rain per month to stay green. During periods of prolonged drought, it may go dormant and turn brown. That strategy can help it survive under super-tough conditions. With lower needs for fertilizer, irrigation, and mowing, Buffalo Grass uses fewer resources than traditional, highly managed lawns.We grow several other grasses and sedges that make excellent alternatives to turf grass. They create a low ground cover that does not need regular mowing or fertilizing. Some are more appropriate to shady conditions, while others thrive in full sun. All can be mowed high (3-8”) two to three times a season for a traditional look, or left unmowed for a more natural look. See our list of grasses and sedges for lawn alternatives.
Buffalograss, Buchloe dactyloides, is a perennial grass native to the Great Plains from Montana to Mexico. In Texas, it is commonly found from South Texas to the Texas Panhandle; but is rarely found on the sandy soils in the eastern part of the state or in the high rainfall areas of southeast Texas. It is one of the grasses that supported the great herds of buffalo that roamed the Great Plains. Buffalograss also provided the sod from which early settlers built their houses.Buffalograss can be established from pieces of sod or sod plugs not less than 2 inches square. These should be planted on a well prepared seedbed in about 18-inch rows. Plants can be spaced anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet apart, depending on how quickly a complete cover is desired. The closer they are spaced, the sooner the ground will be covered. In digging up material for planting care should be taken to keep the roots moist as the plants die very quickly when the roots get dry. When planting, dig a hole deep enough to set the plants in so that the grass is above ground level. If the pieces of sod are covered with soil, they will die. The soil should be packed around the plants. Planting is best done in moist soil or where irrigation is available. The grass should be planted in early fall, spring or early summer, when moisture is favorable. Plants should be well watered after planting and as needed for several weeks, thereafter. (Source: aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu)