Buffalo grass is a beautiful, low growing grass that can grow up to 10 inches in length. Its blue-green leaves are curly and form a smooth surface, best for lawns and turfs. It is easy to cut and can grow in places with low rainfall. It spreads by means of runners called stolons to form a solid turf, thus presenting a firm ground for frequent stepping in places like parks and school playing fields, road sides, or even lawns. It also suits those who may be looking for a “native” landscape. Buffalo grass (Bouteloua dactyloides) can trace its origins from the Great Plains from Montana to Mexico. It’s important to have a clear buffalo grass description to understand the grass completely.
The name originated from North America, where it supported great herds of buffalo that grazed on the Great Plains in the olden days. Its ability to withstand both extremes of weather makes it ever green all year round. However, it doesn’t do well in heavy rainfall. When it receives a lot of rain, other grasses like bermudagrass and other weeds invade and spoil its qualities. As all plants do it has male (staminate) and female (pistillate) plants which can be differentiated by the way they grow. The males grow in a straight line, while the females are bush like. That is why together they form a solid thick texture on the ground.
There are different types of buffalo grass that give different results for your turf. If you want a vegetative look, you should go for the female plant, since they are not tall.
Buffalo Grass Description: When To Plant
The best time to plant buffalo grass is when the temperatures are humid; this provides the heat and the water needed for germination. You can either plant a seed (burs) or sod. With seeds they have to be treated; chill treatment of chemically treated. The seeding rates will range depending on the time and method of planting. For large areas you will need about 4 to 6 pounds per 1000 square feet of space, but if you’re planting in rows you may need only 0.5 pounds of seed. Drill seeding is the preferred when it comes to seed planting for depths of up to 0.5 inches.
When planting sod pieces or plugs, you may need to have a seedbed first. The closer they are planted to each other in rows, the faster the cover will be established. Extra care should be taken when covering up the sod pieces. Too little soil on the roots may expose them and cause them to dry up, while too much will cover the leaves and cause them to starve for light.
Buffalo Grass Description: Care & Maintenance
Once the grass has grown to acquire the 10 inches height, they can be mowed down to 2 to 3 inches and still present a balanced turf. Though buffalo grass doesn’t require much care and maintenance, it is good to take care of weeds, which are their worst enemy. It is advisable to seek expert advice on which kinds of chemicals will best suit your lawn.
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