Lawn Types

AMERICAN LAWN GUIDE

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Buffalograss

Buffalograss is a native turf variety of the Great Plains of North America, It is a Warm Season grass with low invasive properties and is one of the most suitable lawn types for use in home lawns of all the native species, and is extremely drought tolerant.

The leaf of Buffalograss is a curly, fine blue / gray color which grows quite long, often 12 inches in length, and if left to grow in a more natural state like in a Patriot Lawn state, these leaf blades will simply fall over and the lawn will remain looking short and relatively neat.

Buffalograss will equally thrive as a regularly mowed home turf too, it can be easily mowed and kept at around 1 inch in height, and can look equally as nice as most other turf types, and will slowly repair and spread itself through it's stolons (above ground runners).

The main downside with Buffalograss is that it is less durable under heavy wear such as kids playing regularly or under heavy or regular foot traffic. It is also slower to repair itself from damage than other lawn types.

But these same factors are also key desirable features for many people, if the lawn is not going to be under heavy wear and tear then Buffalograss may be the perfect turf for you. It requires less mowing, very little fertilizing, needs less watering, isn't very invasive into garden beds and doesn't need regular de-thatching like many of the more aggressive grass types such as Bermuda.

Starting a new Buffalograss lawn can be achieved with seed, sod or plugs. Due to the toughness of the outer hull of the seed the best results are often achieved with sod or plugs. A properly plugged new Buffalograss lawn can become fully established in around 3 months, and although it is a native grass from arid regions, it will require just as much water to establish as a any other turf type.


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Drought tolerance
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Buchloe dactyloides
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