If your summers are hot and dry and you're tired of fertilizing, weeding & watering the lawn, (or can't because of watering restrictions), then buffalo grass might be just what you're looking for as a lawn alternative.
Buffalo grass is a hardy native grass of the central North American prairie. Natural populations are found near Estevan, Saskatchewan and Melita, Manitoba. It forms a dense sod by spreading stolons. Some authorities consider it our only indigenous turfgrass. You will notice that it greens-up in the spring about a month later than bluegrass. Buffalo grass stays green all growing season with little care. Withstands drought. After the first killing frost, it goes dormant.
We treat our buffalo grass seeds with potassium nitrate to enhance germination. Seedlings emerge within 30 days of sowing. Only if required, apply fertilizer late in the spring or apply a high-slow release type fertilizer when grass is dormant.
Buffalo grass is resistant to many of the stressors that bother Kentucky Bluegrass. However, it is not tolerant of excessive foot traffic. It's best to establish buffalo grass as an unmolested lawn or to control erosion on slopes. Not recommended as a turf for sport such as soccer, football and baseball or for heavy traffic lawn areas.
Sow at 2.5kg per 90 sq. m. (5lb per 1000 sq. ft.)
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