Buffalograss Usage and Management

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Buffalograss is a native turfgrass to Texas. Out of all Texas native turfgrasses, buffalo is usually considered to be the most attractive because of its uniformity and color. It ranges from shades of gre

en to blue green and is a perennial warm season grass. It’s called buffalograss because it used to be the main grass that buffaloes would feed on when they roamed the Great Plains.


Buffalograss is adapted to a wide variety of soils, but it grows best in clay soils and does not thrive in sandy soils. I
t also prefers low rainfall areas. When buffalograss is grown in areas with sandy soil and higher amounts of rainfall, it will commonly be invaded by other grasses such as bermudagrass.

Buffalograss isn’t highly tolerant to traffic, and under stress it is likely to die or to be replaced by other weed grasses. This species of turfgrass can commonly be seen in use on roadsides, school properties, parks, golf courses, and cemeteries.


Buffalograss is known for its low maintenance qualities. It is very drought tolerant and doesn’t need much watering or irrigation. Always water buffalograss deeply but infrequently. Its one downside is that it is very sensitive to shading and will not grow well under any shade at all, partial or full. Mow between two and three inches. With proper irrigation, buffalograss can stay green all spring and summer. One inch of water per week will keep it green. Otherwise, the grass will go into dormancy during the summer. Too much nitrogen fertilization and watering will encourage the encroachment of bermudagrass.


If you have any questions or are interested in buffalo sod, contact The Grass Outlet today.


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