Buffalo Grass Meets Prairie Home

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Buffalo Grass Meets Prairie Home

Buffalo grass is native to the Great Plains which stretches from Montana to as far south as Mexico. Its common name was derived from its use by the herds of buffalo to survive while inhabiting the Great Plains. Settlers also used this grass to build sod homes. Buffalo grass is a warm season grass that is known for being able to survive extreme environmental conditions. However, it does not handle high rainfall areas very well. It is best suited for areas that have rainfall between 15 and 30″ annually.

Buffalo grass spreads through stolons and seed. It can be established in a lawn through seed or sod.

Buffalo Grass Seed

Treated seed is the best type to get because it has a much higher rate of germination (nearly 90%). The best time to plant buffalo seed is in the months of April and May when temperatures and moisture are ideal.

Buffalo Grass Sod

Sod or sod plugs can be established with a size of 2 inches or more per square. The soil should be well prepared before planting to ensure survival. Plugs should not be spaced more than 2 feet apart. The time desired for complete cover, should determine how close to place the plugs. After installation, the plants should be well watered for several weeks.

Advantages

Buffalograss greatest advantage is its low maintenance requirements. It needs very little management and can be used for xeriscaping if a lawn grass is desired in the landscape.

Disadvantages

Buffalograss is not good for high rainfall and high traffic areas or areas where other turfgrasses grow. It is also not as attractive as most turfgrasses.


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