How to Manage Pests
UC Guide to Healthy Lawns
Planting and management tips for buffalograss
- Infrequent mowing is required if minimal levels of fertilizer are provided.
- In full sun, mow under 1 inch; in moderate shade, mow at 2 inches.
- In early spring, mow off dormant grass blades to promote spring green-up.
- Fertilize with 1 - 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the
period of active growth (May - September) for minimum maintenance purposes.
- Establish buffalograss by seeding, sodding, or with vegetative plugs.
- Seed at 1.5 - 2 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.
- If sodding, plant in mid-spring to mid-summer.
- If using plugs, use 2-inch plugs spaced a 1 ft. intervals.
- Water infrequently.
- Watering once every 1 - 2 weeks is adequate for most areas of established
- Little water is required if buffalograss is left unmowed.
- Lacks color intensity (dark green)
- Very low traffic tolerance
- Low shade tolerance
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