Buchloe dactyloides
Buchloe dactyloides
Buchloe dactyloides
Plants of the Southwest

Buchloe dactyloides

Buffalograss

Buffalograss is one of the finest grasses available for lawns and meadows in arid regions. Low growing (4-6"). It spreads along the surface of the soil with runners that root as they grow, stabilizing and binding the soil. It makes a durable, sage-green lawn that tolerates drought, cold winters and poor soil, takes traffic and is immune to pests and diseases unless fed and watered too much. Mow twice a year so the runners don't pile up on the surface. Buffalo is a warm season grass, beige from early fall to late spring. It may also go dormant in the summer if extremely hot and dry; it bounces back on its own when rain comes or a little water will keep it green. Does not compete well with weeds and aggressive grasses like bluegrass and bermuda, so be sure to get rid of those before sowing. Slow growing because the seed germinates in stages over a period of time, but very durable once established. Sow in spring, summer or fall. Seeding rate for lawns: 3-4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Reclamation: 40 lbs. per acre. Zones 3-7.

    Zones, Sun & Water Needs: 34567


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