How to Plant Buffalo Grass


Buffalo grass has soft, durable leaves and gets its name from having survived continuous trotting by buffalo in the Great Plains of North America. It is a favorite among landscapers for its luxurious appearance and low maintenance requirements. Roots are generally shallow and only grow in the first few inches of soil. You can plant buffalo grass from seeds, but it's easiest to grow from plugs. Follow the simple steps below to plant buffalo grass where you live.

Step 1

Purchase buffalo grass plugs. Order plugs online or pick them up from your local nursery. Buffalo grass comes in both male and female plants, though females are often preferred because male plants grow long, unruly stems.

Step 2

Water plugs. Plugs that have been shipped may need water immediately, especially on the edges of the container. You should keep your plugs in the sun and well-watered until planted.

Step 3

Choose a location in your lawn. Buffalo grass does best in an area with low foot traffic and full-to-partial sun. Because the roots of buffalo grass grow close to the top of the soil, it can easily be removed by digging and foraging animals. Find an area where pets will not disturb newly planted grass.

Step 4

Prepare the soil. Use a rototiller to loosen the soil and break up any clumps. Add compost and mix together thoroughly. If your soil is dry, you may water it until well-soaked then let dry for 24 hours before planting.

Step 5

Plant the plugs. In a checkerboard pattern, make indentations in the soil large enough to fit each plug. Gently spread the roots and place each plug into a hole. Cover the roots with soil and use your hand to pat the soil and eliminate any air pockets.

Step 6

Water newly planted plugs. Fully soak the ground around the plugs to give them a good start. Continue to water your buffalo grass every two or three days to maintain root moisture. After heavy rains, let the soil dry partially before returning to your normal watering schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Plugs
  • Compost
  • Rototiller
  • Shovel
  • Water


  • Texas A&M University
  • Buffalo Grass
Keywords: plant grass, buffalo grass, landscaping

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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.