Taking Care of Buffalo Grass

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Buffalo grass is a very popular species of turfgrass and is found in many yards today. Buffalograss lawns are known for their low maintenance requirements, and the process can be easy if you have the right knowledge behind your actions. Here are some tips to keeping your lawn green and healthy throughout the year.

Mowing

Mowing the lawn is essential to keeping the grass healthy and keeping out weeds. The blades should not be mowed to be less than 3 inches. Mowing the grass too short encourages it to grow faster, requiring more frequent mowing. Longer grass also better protects against weeds, since it is able to shade out the seeds and prevent them from germinating.

Watering

It is important not to give too much or too little water. Buffalograss requires one inch of water per week to stay green. During the summer, it might need a little more, up to 1.5 inches of water, to stay green. During droughts, the grass does not need supplemental water to survive, but it will go dormant and turn brown. Watering too much encourages weed growth, especially when the grasses aren’t actively growing (e.g. during the winter). Over watering encourages bermudagrass encroachment

Fertilizing

You do not need to fertilize buffalograss. Applying light amounts of nitrogen will result in faster growing grass, but it should not exceed 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. Nitrogen fertilization also encourages bermudagrass encroachment, however.

 

If you have any questions or are interested in buffalograss, contact The Grass Outlet today and we will be glad to help.

 

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