As a wild plant, buffalo grass is an important range and pasture plant used by native and domestic grazers. It is a warm season grass that goes brown and dormant in fall when cold temperatures arrive and only awakens in spring as the air and soil warm up. Its busiest growing period is between May and September.
The plant forms a fine turf with bluish green color 8 to 10 inches high. The blades are slightly curly and the flowers are both pistillate and staminate. Buffalo grass lawns are very well adapted to low moisture areas.
Buffalo Grass Lawn Care
For warm-season grasses such as Buffalo, optimal times for standard month-by-month lawn projects are opposite those for cool-season lawns. Buffalo is best planted in spring after all threat of frost passes and the grass enters its time for optimal growth.
Buffalo is a low maintenance turf. Fertilize in spring with 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Feed the turf again in June or July with the same rate. Water needs are minimal. The grass needs just a moderate amount of moisture per week. Mow once per week to a height of 2 to 3 inches for a healthy lawn. Because buffalo grass is not a thick turf, it tends to get weeds. Use a weed and feed at fertilizing time and hand weed when possible to remove competing pest plants.
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