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A Drought Tolerant Turfgrass Option: Buffalo Grass

Buffalo grass is a subspecies of grass that is native to the Great Plains. Long before the first settlers built their homes in the Plains, huge herds of buffalos roamed free and fed on this grass, hence the name. It’s a warm-season grass with growing popularity as a low-maintenance option for turfgrass. One of Buffalo grass’s best qualities is its extreme drought resistance as it can survive on as little as one and a half inches of rainfall per month. Lawn care for Buffalo grass is about as easy as it can be.

 

Buffalo Grass Characteristics

  • Blue-gray in color
  • Naturally grows to three to twelve inches long
  • Soft in texture
  • Grows into sod by rhizomes

 

Buffalo grass has a distinct blue-ish gray color and is soft in texture due to its thin leaves. It stays relatively short, and even if left unmowed, the leaves fold over, giving it the appearance of being much shorter than it actually is. It grows rapidly by rhizomes, which means the root system grows horizontally underground and then shoots up new leaves. Because it is not a thick turfgrass, Buffalo grass is more susceptible to invasive weeds.

 

How to Care for Buffalo Grass

While Buffalo grass is a low-maintenance turfgrass option, it does still require basic lawn care to look it’s best. Your lawn care should include:

 

  1. Fertilizing with liquid lawn care twice per year. Once in early spring, and again in June or July. Use a fertilizer rich in nitrogen to encourage new leafy growth.
  2. Aerate once in early spring, for optimal new growth and healthy soil. Complete this lawn care step before your first application of fertilizer, as compacted soil cannot receive the nutrients as well as loose soil. Use liquid lawn care soil loosener for convenience.
  3. Control weeds before you plant new Buffalo grass, and when you fertilize. Hand weed throughout the growing season whenever possible. You can use granular weeder or liquid lawn care for added convenience. 
  4. Mow your Buffalo grass approximately once a week to maintain a length of two to three inches.
  5. Your Buffalo grass requires very little water. However, for optimal health and color, make sure your lawn care routine includes your lawn getting a moderate amount of water each week.
  6. Due to its curly nature, you may want to edge your Buffalo grass along sidewalks or garden beds for that professional lawn care look.

 Close up of blades of grass against a blue sky

Is Liquid Lawn Care Really Better?

There are a lot of products to consider when it comes to caring for your lawn. Liquid lawn care is not only the most convenient option when it comes to application, but it’s also the better option for the overall health of your lawn. Liquid lawn care has a more uniform, or homogenous, formula which means that each drop is going to provide the exact same solution to your sod. It also has less salt in the formula, which is better for the overall health of your green lawn. Lastly, liquid lawn care gets nutrients to your soil and the roots of your turfgrass faster for quicker results.

 

Simple Lawn Solutions, the Highest Quality Liquid Lawn Care

Simple Lawn Solutions offers liquid lawn care products for all you need to maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn. Whether you are a novice or a professional, we make products that are easy enough for anyone to use and deliver the best possible results. 



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