Buffalo Grass – Bouteloua Dactyloides


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Buffalo Grass, also known as “Bouteloua Dactyloides,” is a warm-season, fine-textured grass that is native to the central and southwestern regions of the United States. This hardy grass has been a part of the American landscape for centuries, known for its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. Its attractive blue-green foliage and ability to create a dense, carpet-like lawn make it a popular choice for homeowners, landscape architects, and environmentally-conscious gardeners.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Intolerant of shade. Tolerates heat, drought, and a wide range of soils. Adapts to alkaline soils. Avoid frequent watering. Plants are intolerant of lots of moisture and generally do not perform well in areas with high rainfall. When grown as a turfgrass for lawns, mowing is infrequently required. When needed, mow to a height of 2-3” tall. Also may be naturalized without mowing as a 4-6” tall grass. Plant seed in April-June. May also be established by sod or plugs.

Typical Uses:

  • Drought-Resilient Lawns: Buffalo Grass is a champion when it comes to water conservation. It can withstand prolonged periods of drought, making it an excellent choice for low-maintenance lawns in arid regions.
  • Eco-Friendly Landscapes: Its deep roots help prevent soil erosion, making Buffalo Grass an eco-friendly choice for stabilizing slopes and minimizing runoff.
  • Native Landscapes: Buffalo Grass is a key player in restoring and maintaining native grassland landscapes. It provides a habitat for local wildlife and contributes to biodiversity.

Establishment and Care Instructions:

  • Planting: Buffalo Grass can be planted from seed or sod. Spring or early summer is the ideal time for seeding to ensure proper establishment.
  • Soil: It thrives in well-draining, sandy, or loamy soils and can adapt to a wide pH range.
  • Watering: Buffalo Grass requires minimal watering once established. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth.
  • Mowing: Mow Buffalo Grass to a height of 2-3 inches to maintain its neat appearance. Infrequent mowing is a key element of its low-maintenance appeal.
  • Fertilization: Buffalo Grass typically requires little to no fertilization, further reducing its environmental impact.

Special Features and Usage:

  • Low-Maintenance Beauty: Buffalo Grass is a stunning, no-fuss choice for lawns and landscapes. Its low growth habit and fine texture make it easy to maintain.
  • Eco-Friendly: With its minimal water and fertilizer requirements, Buffalo Grass contributes to eco-conscious landscaping.
  • Wildlife Habitat: It provides a natural habitat for small wildlife, including birds and insects, making it a great choice for those interested in promoting biodiversity.
  • Exceptional Drought Tolerance: Buffalo Grass’s remarkable drought tolerance helps you save on water bills and contributes to sustainable landscaping.

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