The Q&A Archives: Planting Buffalograss

Question: Please advise me on the planting and care of Buffalograss.

Answer: Buffalograss is a native prairie grass that tolerates heavy clay soil and drought. It also needs less nitrogen than other grasses. It's popularity is increasing for these reasons. The main disadvantages are the browning that occurs in midsummer and fall, and the expense of the seed. For a lawn, you'll need about 7 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet. Spring is the best time for sowing the seeds, at a depth of 1/4". Fertilize with no more than 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet each year. For best grass growth, mow this grass at heights of 1-1/2" during cool weather and 2-1/2" during hot weather.

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