How to Spread Buffel Grass Seed

Overview

Buffel grass is an annual to perennial grass reaching a height of up to 60 inches. It is an invasive grass with great drought tolerance, but is also known to withstand flooding with little to no damage. Buffel grass is often used as pasture grass in hot, dry climates of the world, but is most commonly found in North America in fields or on roadsides.

Step 1

Store buffel grass seeds prior to sowing. Recommended storage time is a minimum of six months and up to 18 months for the greatest germination success.

Step 2

Mix the fluffy seeds with a fine-textured soil to weight it down. It is recommended to use larger seeds, as they have a higher germination rate.

Step 3

Prepare the seed bed. Till the soil to a depth of 4 inches with a rototiller to loosen the soil.

Step 4

Sow the seed mixture to a depth of just under 1 inch. Use a seed broadcaster and spread the seed at a rate of 13 lbs. of seed per acre.

Step 5

Irrigate the soil immediately after sowing the buffel grass. Keep the soil moist to encourage germination, which should begin within 24 hours of planting.

Step 6

Water the buffel grass regularly to encourage growth. The buffel grass will become established in nine to 12 months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Buffel grass is not suited to heavy, clay soils. It prefers light soils, such as sand or sandy-loam.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-textured soil
  • Rototiller
  • Seed broadcaster

References

  • Purdue University: Cenchrus Ciliaris L.
  • National Phenology Network: Buffelgrass

Who Can Help

  • United States Department of Agriculture: Buffel grass
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