How to Use Buffalo Grass in Alabama


Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides), a native North American turfgrass, grows primarily in the Great Plain states and Texas and is sometimes planted in Alabama as a warm-season grass. Use buffalo grass to overseed winter grass from April to July whenever your cool-season grass begins to get stressed from heat. In the late fall, overseed the buffalo grass with a cool-season grass that's suitable for Alabama. This grass performs best in sunny locations and displays high drought tolerance.

Step 1

Move furniture and other objects, such as grills or play areas, off your lawn. Mow over your existing lawn to cut it as short as possible.

Step 2

Rake your turf with a grass rake to loosen the top 1/4 inch of soil before planting. Pick up rocks and debris that can get in the way of buffalo grass seed germinating.

Step 3

Sow buffalo grass seed over your lawn, applying approximately 16 seeds per square inch, working by hand for small areas or with a mechanical spreader for larger areas.

Step 4

Rake the lawn again to cover the grass seed with 1/4 inch of topsoil. This prevents the seed from blowing away before it can germinate.

Step 5

Water the soil until the ground becomes moist, but not sopping. Water the grass until moist twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Grass rake
  • Buffalo grass seed
  • Water


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