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Legacy®, Prestige and UC Verde® General Care Guidelines After Establishment
Mowing

If left un-mowed, the buffalograss will reach a height of 3 to 8 inches, depending on the variety and your climate. There is no set mowing height for these buffalograss varieties. Just mow to the look you desire. You may choose to maintain your lawn at 1 inch, allow it to go un-mowed or any height in between.

 

In early Spring, mow to a height of 1 inch to remove the dormant grass. This will allow the sun to hit and warm the soil, which will cause the buffalograss to green up earlier. In preparation for winter in Zones 6 and below, mow to a height of 2 to 2-1/2 inches in late summer or early fall.


 

Fertilization / Weed Control

After mowing in early spring, apply a fertilizer with pre-emergent weed control following the label directions. Scotts makes Halts Crabgrass Preventer® or Turfbuilder with Halts®. Most garden centers will have these products or similar herbicides. Repeat this application at 1/2 rate in 8 weeks.

 

In poor soil conditions or Southern climates a third fertilizer application, without pre-emergent, may be done in mid-summer and a fourth application can be applied in early fall.

 

New Information for Weed Control in Buffalograss

Throughout the spring and before the daytime temperatures consistently reach 75 degrees, broadleaf weeds can be controlled using Tri-Mec or a 2-4D Herbicide or a granular weed and feed. Using these products and any product containing 204D after temperatures reach 75 degrees may stunt your lawn. The easiest way to apply these herbicides is with RTS (Ready to Spray) formulations. The container attaches to the end of a garden hose and injects the weed control into the stream of water as you spray. There is no mixing or calculating. The following brands are available at most garden centers:

 

Spectracide® Weed Stop® For Lawns plus Crabgrass Killer CONNECT TO HOSE™
Ortho® Weed B Gon Max® Plus Crabgrass Control Ready-Spray®

Hard to kill perennials and unwanted perennial grasses like bluegrass and fescue can be eliminated in the late fall or early spring by spraying round-up on your lawn while the buffalograss is dormant and when the unwanted weeds or grasses are still green and growing. Buffalograss is dormant when no green shows in the foliage; a small amount of green at the base of the plant is okay. Mowing can also be used to control weeds, but is not as effective as herbicides. New herbicides are being developed for buffalograss. Consult your extension agent or Todd Valley Farms or return to this web site for the latest material available.

Herbicides for LEGACY®, Prestige™ and UC Verde® buffalograss

The products listed below can be used at temperatures up to 95 degrees. Applying any herbicide when the temperatures are above 95 can limit the effectiveness of the chemical.

Plateau – pre-emergent annual grasses, post emergent annual grasses, post broadleaf and sedges
Quicksilver – post emerged broadleaf
Solitare – post annual grasses, broadleaves and sedges
SquareOne – post annual grasses and broadleaves
Tenacity – pre and post emergent annual grassy weeds, broadleaves and sedges
Xonerate – post emergent broadleaves and sedges
Certainty – controls sedges and fescue
Dismiss – controls sedges
Drive – pre-emergent for annual grasses
Echelon – pre-emergent for annual grasses
Flucarbazone – post emergent broadleaf control and cool season grasses
Katana - post emergent broadleaf control and cool season grasses and sedges

Most of these chemicals are available in small quantities online at places like:
www.domyownpestcontrol.com www.epestsolutions.com www.montereylawngarden.com

Check to be sure the chemicals are labeled in your state. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS.


Watering
 

Todd Valley Farms Buffalograss has a very deep root system and uses only about 1/4 inch of water per week. Most areas of the world will not need to water their Buffalograss except in times of extreme drought. If this occurs, deep water (1 to 2 inches) once every 4 to 6 weeks in clay soil. In sandy soils you will need to water about 3/4 inch every 10 to 14 days. This will keep your lawn looking lush. If you choose not to water or do not have the resources to water, this will not harm the grass, but you may notice a slight browning of the blade tips.

 

 

These are general guidelines. You will need to adjust your watering to match your soil type and current weather conditions. Do not waste water by over watering.

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