Grass Care 101: Caring for Buffalo Grass

When it comes to grass care, Buffalo Grass varieties are one of the easiest to grow and maintain. Since this type of grass only grows to an average height of 6 to 8 inches, it does not need to be mowed as often. It is also very hearty, so the amount of water and fertilizer applied to it, after it has been planted properly, lowers the maintenance required even more. Because of the eye appealing blue-green color that Buffalo Grass produces and the fact that very little maintenance is needed, this type of grass a leader in the landscaping industry the last few years.

Tools and Materials You'll Need:

  • Buffalo Grass
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Lawn Mower
  • Lawn Trimmer

Step 1: Care of Newly Planted Grass

If the Buffalo grass has been recently planted or installed, then while they are still in a fragile state a few extra steps must be taken. For the first month, the entire area will need to be kept wet to a depth of about 2 inches and it will need liquid fertilizer added every couple of weeks to speed the growing process up. Never over-fertilize or under-water because it could easily kill the new grass sprouts. If in doubt, follow the 2 week procedure for fertilizing. Use 20 pounds for every 1000 square feet and water when the top soil begins to dry out. Never let the water form pools on top of the soil because it will wash away any seeds that have yet to sprout.

Step 2: Fertilize and Water

Buffalo grass is a very hearty species that does not require as much care as other types of grass. If the grass is mature and growing well, then it will only need to be fertilized once every year. The proper mixture for the fertilizing process should be 2 pounds for every 1000 square yards. It is best applied at the beginning of the growing season so that the grass grows at its maximum potential throughout the year, but there are also specific fertilizers designed for applying before winter. Make sure that you read the directions provided with the type of fertilizer that you have, and apply accordingly.

Step 3: Mow and Trim

After the grass has matured and has reached the height you desire, then it is time to mow and trim the lawn. Of course, since this type of grass does not grow very high, it can be left alone. This is simply a matter of personal preference. However, keep in mind that to maximize the health of the grass it should be mowed at least 3 times throughout the year, even if you plan to let it grow to its maximum height. The ideal cutting routine to follow would be to cut it very short during the spring, one medium height cut during the summer, and then once again mowed short in the fall.