How to Plant Buffalo Grass Seed

Overview

Buffalo grass is a warm season perennial grass that is native in the Great Plains all the way from Montana to Mexico. It is very drought tolerant and sends its roots down deep in search of water. When not mowed, Buffalo grass will only grow to 8 to 10 inches in height. Buffalo grass doesn't tolerate heavy shade, heavy irrigation or areas that receive a lot of traffic. Establishing Buffalo grass can be done in just a single season and can be either planted from seed or laid as sod.

Step 1

Rototill the area to be planted down to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Take your garden rake and rake the area smooth. Remove any debris and rocks.

Step 2

Roll the planting area with a water-filled lawn roller. This will firm the seedbed up. You don't want to sink in more than 1/2 inch when walking across the seedbed.

Step 3

Fill your broadcast spreader with Buffalo grass seed. Set the application rate to broadcast 2 to 6 pounds of Buffalo grass seed per 1,000 square feet. Heavier applications will result in a faster rate of full coverage.

Step 4

Walk back and forth across the planting area until all the seed is distributed.

Step 5

Rake the seed into the top 1/8 inch of soil. This ensures excellent seed-to-soil contact.

Step 6

Set up sprinklers and keep the soil moist until germination occurs. Water two to three times per day for five to 15 minutes per watering. Adjust up or down as necessary to ensure that the soil stays moist but not soggy or dry.

Step 7

Mow your grass weekly when it reaches 3 inches in height. Maintain it at a height of 2 to 3 inches for an optimum lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Water source
  • Buffalo grass seed
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Lawn mower

References

  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Buffalo Grass
  • Lawn Mania: Buffalo Grass Planting Facts
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.