The Q&A Archives: Grass seed

Question: We have a home in Boone NC (Mountains) and would like a grass that grows fairly tall, needs little attention, and will not be mowed. The yard is on a fairly steep incline. Receives a fair amount of sun. Suggestions?

Thanks you

Answer: Have you considered Buffalograss? Its tolerance to prolonged droughts and to extreme temperatures together with its seed producing characteristics enables Buffalograss to survive extreme environmental conditions.

Buffalograss spreads by surface runners, or stolons, and seed. It forms a fine textured, relatively thin turf with a soft blue-green color. It does not possess underground stems, or rhizomes. Buffalograss is also destroyed quite readily by cultivation. For these reasons, it can be readily removed from flower beds and gardens. Buffalograss is not adapted to shaded sites or to sites that receive heavy traffic.

Buffalograss can be established from pieces of sod or sod plugs not less than 2 inches square. These should be planted on a well prepared seedbed in about 18-inch rows. Plants can be spaced anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet apart, depending on how quickly a complete cover is desired. The closer they are spaced, the sooner the ground will be covered.

The grass should be planted in early fall, spring or early summer, when moisture is favorable. Plants should be well watered after planting and as needed for several weeks thereafter.

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