Buffalo Grass Propagation


Buffalograss is a warm-season perennial grass that grows in the Great Plains. Buffalograss differs from other grasses in several ways: the seeds are much larger than those of other grasses and it prefers heavy soil. Buffalograss will go dormant when the weather gets cool, but during the summer months you will need to water far less often than had you planted other types of turf. Use 3 to 4 pounds of buffalograss seed for each 1,000 square feet of planting area. Plant the seeds when the soil temperature is at least 70 F.

Step 1

Place the seed bag in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks prior to planting. According to LawnMania, cold-stratified seeds have higher germination rates than those that have not undergone the process.

Step 2

Till the soil to a depth of 2 inches. Rake the planting bed until it is level and then use the roller to firm the soil.

Step 3

Water the planting area to a depth of 6 inches. Allow it to sit 2 weeks prior to planting. This will allow any weed seeds turned up during tilling to germinate.

Step 4

Remove all weeds from the planting bed. This can be done by hand or by using a post-emergent, nonresidual herbicide, according to agriculturists at the University of Texas at Austin. They also recommend repeating the procedure to make sure that all weeds are dead.

Step 5

Amend the soil if it is sandy. Pour a 2-inch layer of compost over the planting area and till it in to a depth of 5 inches.

Step 6

Pour half the buffalograss seeds into the seed spreader and sow them in north to south strips. Sow the remaining seeds in east to west strips.

Step 7

Run the rake lightly over the soil to lightly cover the seeds.

Step 8

Water the planting area until the top 2 inches of soil is wet, and water often enough to keep the soil moist. Once the lawn is established, it will require 1 inch of water per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Buffalograss seed
  • Rototiller
  • Rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Seed spreader


  • The University of Texas at Austin: Native Lawn -- Buffalograss
  • LawnMania: Buffalo Grass Planting Facts
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