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Is Buffalo Grass Right For Your Lawn?

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If you want a lawn that is hardy, resistant to cold and drought, and doesn't need a lot of water, consider buffalo grass. This attractive grass grows from Montana to Mexico, but homeowners in other locations are finding there are definite advantages to planting buffalo grass. Here are some more facts about buffalo grass, to help you decide if this is a good choice for your lawn.

  • It's hardy. Buffalo grass is a low risk for insect or disease problems. Besides grubs, there are few pests that bother this grass. It is also resistant to drought and cold.
  • It needs less mowing. Buffalo grass can be cut once a week for a residential lawn, but you can also cut much less frequently and the lawn will still look fine. Buffalo grass does best at a height of 4 - 6 inches, and some people cut it once a month or less.
  • It thrives in full sun. This is a grass that needs lots of sunlight, and it does not do well in shady areas.
  • It doesn't need much water. Once a buffalo grass lawn is established, it only needs watering every other week during midsummer, and then only two inches or so of water. Buffalo grass actually prefers dry weather, and does best in a well-drained area.
  • It does well in poor soil. Buffalo grass can do very well in infertile soil, and once established it needs only one application of fertilizer per year, in the Fall.
  • It can be damaged by foot traffic. Buffalo grass does not have underground stems, so it can be torn up by foot traffic. It does best in areas with light or no foot traffic.
  • It takes awhile to get established. Buffalo grass seed takes a long time to germinate, and planting sod is expensive. The best way to plant buffalo grass is through plugs, and you need to prepare the soil with fertilizer before planting them. If you can't be bothered with the effort of planting plugs, buffalo grass may not be the best option for you.

Buffalo grass is not right for every lawn, but if you have an area that gets a lot of sun and not too much water, and you want a grass that needs little maintenance, buffalo grass is worth considering.

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