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Buchloe dactyloides
Buchloe dactyloides

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10, 11, 14-16, 18-23
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Buchloe dactyloides

Buffalo Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Turf Grasses

Slow to sprout and fill in, it spreads rapidly by surface runners once established and makes matted, reasonably dense turf that takes hard wear and looks fairly good with little summer water. Gray green from late spring to hard frost, straw colored through late fall and winter. Runners can invade surrounding garden beds. Given minimal water, it grows to 4 in. tall and requires little or no mowing. More water means higher growth, some mowing. To start from seed, sow 2 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. Soak occasionally to 1 ft. while grass is getting started. For a faster cover, start from 4-in.-wide plugs planted in prepared soil 3–4 ft. apart in spring; expect coverage in two seasons.

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