Looking for a native grass that can be planted in an area that receives little or no water or care? Buffalo grass is a native variety that does well in this sort of situation.
A warm-season grass, it becomes green in mid-to-late May, and becomes dormant again around late September when night temperatures again begin to freeze. Once established, it requires little supplemental water or fertilizer, is low-growing and therefore needs little mowing. It also stands up well to wear.
Buffalo grass in fall
Seed buffalo grass in May or June, once temperatures are above freezing at night. It does well on almost any soil type other than one with salt accumulation. You'll get best results, however, by incorporating organic matter into the soil before planting. Water newly seeded areas regularly to aid in germination of seed and to help establish a strong stand of grass during the first season.
Photograph of buffalo grass lawn by Judy Sedbrook.
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010