Thursday, June 24, 2010

Buffalo Grass: An ideal low maintenance grass

Lawns from Montana to Mexico, along the Great Plains corridor, are often planted with the short, sturdy native grass known as buffalo grass. This variety gives lawns a great looking turf cover. Buffalo grass grows naturally curly, has a rich blue-green hue, and thrives in areas with little precipitation. These characteristics make it a great choice for lawns that get little rainfall and are situated in drought-prone areas of the country. The naturally curly and low-growing leaf blades occupy more space than a typical straight growing grass and give lawns a beautiful, uniform cover.

Buffalo grass is incredibly low maintenance. Mowing is only recommended to keep the grass at the turf height of 2-3 inches. If left untreated buffalo grass will generally only grow to about 8-10 inches. If a lower turf is desired, for well manicured lawns or golf courses, more frequent mowing is needed. Buffalo grass does not require fertilization and only needs one inch of water a week to stay green throughout the spring and summer months. If not watered buffalo grass will lie dormant and turn brown during the summer.

Buffalo Grass grows in the Great Plains region of North America. It is found predominately in Montana and North Dakota and has made its way down to Oklahoma and Texas. This variety has even been found growing in Mexico. Buffalo grass has many uses in this region and is ideal for planting along roadsides, the rough in golf courses, and open lawns. It has especially thrived along the rolling plains of Northern Texas. Typically buffalo grass cannot grow east past Kansas because of the heavy rainfall and generally humid climate.

Buffalo grass is a perfect solution for those looking for a drought resistant grass that looks great as a turf cover and does not require much maintenance.


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