Buffalo Grass - Supreme
Latin Name: Bouteloua dactyloides
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Environment: Full sun
Height: 4 - 6 inches
Buffalo Supreme grass seed is a three-way blend of top rated Bowie Buffalo grass seed, Cody Buffalo grass seed, and Sundance Buffalo Grass seed. This Buffalo grass blend is comprised of two leading Buffalo grass cultivars on the market today and is designed to create a better turf density. Buffalo grass seed can be used for natural looking golf course roughs, roadside plantings, airport landscaping, parkland, and of course home lawn where low maintenance is desired. In fact, Buffalograss turf can be left unmowed and it will only reach a maximum height of approximately 6 inches. Supreme Buffalo grass seed is a great choice for creating a natural, drought tolerant turf that requires few inputs and is easy-to-maintain which is perfect for xeriscaping.
This Buffalo Supreme grass seed blend is dense enough to reduce weed encroachment, due to its excellent stolon development and some rhizomes which spread across the ground to create new Buffalo grass and keep weeds out. However, if you are looking for a prairie meadow look and want to add wildflowers to your Buffalograss blend, no problem! You do not have to mow Buffalo grass; however, mowing once or twice a year to remove old growth in early spring or late summer, will produce the best results and keep these low maintenance areas looking their best. For greater turf density, mow more frequently. The more you mow, the more dense the turf becomes and will produce a fairly dense sod and a high quality turf that is extremely drought and heat tolerant.
Bowie Buffalo Grass
Bowie Buffalo grass seed provides the turf grass professional or the novice home owner the same great quality turf grass. Buffalo grass is known for its low water usage, winter hardiness and low vertical growth habit. These traits significantly reduce labor, irrigation, mowing and fertilization costs. Bowie Buffalograss meets all of today’s standards for a low maintenance turf grass. Bowie was developed by the Native Turf Group in cooperation with the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. It is a four clone synthetic turf-type buffalo grass. Parental clones were selected from Texas, Colorado and Nebraska, on the basis of developing a widely adapted seeded turf-type Buffalo grass variety with excellent turf quality. Developed specifically for turf quality, Bowie possesses medium green color, fine leaf texture, good turf density, and low growth habit. Buffalo Grass Bowie has improved lateral growth for quicker establishment.
Cody Buffalo Grass
Cody Buffalograss is rapidly becoming the standard by which Buffalo grass is measured, having established itself as a premier warm season turf grass. Faster establishment, higher density, lower growth rate, excellent winter hardiness, low water requirement, darker color, fine texture and a wide area of adaptation makes Cody Buffalo grass seed a great choice for low maintenance areas.
Buffalo Grass Cody is adapted to USDA Climate Zones 3 - 11. A Buffalo grass turf is the most cold tolerant of the warm season turf grasses. Ideally adapted to areas that receive 16 - 35 inches of rainfall. Buffalo grass is adapted to warm or cool semi-arid climates in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Buffalo grass should be planted when soil temperatures are consistently above 60° F. For best results, plant Supreme Buffalograss seed in sites with 6 to 8 hours of full sun on well-drained soil and soil moisture must be maintained for at least 1 to 2 weeks after planting through irrigation or natural rainfall. Under ideal conditions, germination of Buffalo grass lawn seed may begin within 14 to 21 days.
Buffalo Grass Requirements
- Grows best in areas receiving at least 6 to 8 hours direct sunlight per day
- Good soil drainage is essential
- Not suited to sandy soils
Buffalo Grass Establishment
- Seeding date: Plant the Buffalo grass seed blend when sustained soil temperature reaches 60 degrees and minimum of 8 - 12 weeks before frost
- Seeding rate: Sow 2 - 3 lbs Supreme Buffalo grass seed per 1,000 sq. ft. into a firm seed bed
- Seeding depth: 0.25 to 0.5 inches deep
- Keep soil moist through emergence
- Apply 0.75 lb N/1,000 sq. ft. with starter fertilizer
- Weed control: Plant native Buffalo grass seed into weed free seed bed. Keep turf mowed frequently to reduce competition from weeds and encourage the tiller growth and spreading of Buffalo grass. Apply Drive 75 DF Herbicide.
Buffalo Grass Mowing
- 2 to 4 inches for home lawns
- Low maintenance areas may be mowed taller or not at all
- Frequency is affected by amount of watering and fertilizer
- Avoid removing more than one-third the turf height at any one mowing
Buffalo Grass Watering
- Deep soak with no less than 1 inch once a month from July to September for higher maintenance areas, depending on natural precipitation.
- Soak soil before winter if soil is dry
- Occasional or no watering for low maintenance areas due to its superio drought tolerance
- Keep Supreme Buffalo grass seed moist until it germinates
Buffalo Grass Fertilizing
- First application - 3 weeks after green up
- Second application - 8 weeks later
- 1 to 3 lbs actual nitrogen/1,000 sq. ft/season
- Less on low maintenance and natural areas
- Use higher rates for best quality
Buffalo Grass Weed Control
- Avoid frequent watering, short mowing and over fertilization
- Minimize early season watering
- Control broadleaf weeds in the fall and/or spring
- Apply pre-emergent in the spring for grassy weeds
- Don't use a pre-emergent if planting Buffalo grass seed
- Many cool season weeds can be controlled with Round-up when Buffalo grass is dormant. Round-up must be applied prior to Buffalo grass breaking dormancy in spring.
The Grass Seed Certification program establishes the genetic purity and germination of varieties, blends, and mixtures. The certification process begins with the proper field history before production and continues through the bagging of a grass seed lot with every step independently verified by Seed Certification personnel. Each buffalo grass seed lot to be certified is sampled by Certification personnel and tested in the state seed laboratory, so the grass seed you buy is the seed that was tested If even one standard in this process failed, the lot is uncertified. You can rest assured that your buffalo grass seed is certified!