An important step before planting your Buffalo grass seed is to prepare and grade the soil. No soil is perfect, especially the poor-draining, low quality sub-soils usually exposed by new construction. Taking the extra time and effort to improve your soil before seeding your Buffalograss seed lawn will reduce your water usage and save you money for years to come.
A Buffalo grass seed lawn doesn’t have a lot of needs compared to some of the other grass seed varieties: it requires less water, fertilizer, and overall maintenance. But one thing this species requires in order to thrive is sunlight. Constant direct sunlight is, of course, ideal. But a Buffalo grass lawn that has direct sunlight anywhere from 6 to 8 hours a day can maintain its green and healthy look.
One of the best things about having a Buffalo grass seed lawn is that it is extremely low-maintenance. It requires less water, mowing, and fertilizer than other grass varieties, and therefore requires less time: great news for someone with little free time to spare! Yet one trade-off to this hands-off approach is that Buffalo grass is much less traffic tolerant than other varieties.
Buffalo Grass is a great warm-season option for your lawn. It is the only commonly used grass seed type native to North America—and as any gardener would tell you, native plants are easier to take care of than are nonnative plants. Buffalograss is very drought tolerant. It doesn’t need much fertilizer, irrigation, or even mowing. It can even be left uncut for a meadow look.
If you’re intending to plant a lawn, you’ll know that there are only a handful of suitable grass species to choose from. You also may be hesitating because of the costs associated with maintaining a lawn. Supplemental watering, expensive fertilizer treatments, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and you-name-it-cides—is it really worth it? The good news is that a low-maintenance lawn is possible.