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Apr

Buffalograss

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Tab Ledbetter and his crew installed the grass for The Botanical Gardens this past Sunday.

A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass

– Sioux Proverb

Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides), perhaps our only truly native turf grass, is a perennial native to the Great Plains from Montana to Mexico. It is one of the grasses that supported the great herds of buffalo that roamed the Great Plains and also provided the sod from which early settlers built their houses.

Common from South Texas to the Texas Panhandle it is rarely found in the sandy soils of the eastern part of the state or in the high rainfall areas of southeast Texas.

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Buffalograss forms a fine textured, relatively thin turf with a soft blue-green color and, generally, only grows eight to ten inches high. It spreads by surface runners and seeds and does not posess underground stems or rhizomes.

Its tolerance to prolonged droughts and extreme temperatures together with its seed producing characteristics enables buffalograss to survive extreme environmental conditions. Overgrazing and, in the case of turf, over use or excessive traffic can lead to deterioration of a stand of buffalograss. It can also be readily destroyed by cultivation.

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