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UC Verde was developed by the University of California and licensed to Todd Valley Farms in 2003.  UC Verde has the most heat tolerance of any of our buffalograsses.  It is the grass to use in the intense heat in the lower valley of Arizona and California.  UC Verde shows allelopathic tendencies.  Use UC Verde wherever water savings is needed and a sustainable landscape is desired.  LEED points are available when using UC Verde on certified Green Building projects.  Buffalograss is the only turfgrass native to the United States.


Why UC Verde®?

■ Only uses ¼ inch of water per week
■ Very low pollen rating
■ Bright-green color
■ Soft, fine leaf blades form a thick turf
■ Only grows 4 to 8 inches tall
■ Resistant to most turf insects
■ Spreads quickly and repairs itself
■ Very high resistance to disease
■ Very aggressive to prevent weed growth
■ Deep root system extends 6-8 feet



Maintenance of UC Verde

Installation of UC Verde Plugs

Read the Lazy Garden blog about growing a UC Verde lawn from plugs

Read Eden Makers blog about a UC Verde test lawn in Los Angeles

Read the Cool Green Gardens Blog


Winter growth and color

Like most plants,  UC Verde will go through changes during the winter months.  Vertical growth will cease or slow down eliminating any need to mow or water.  Horizontal stolen growth will also slow or stop, so its ability to fill in open areas at this time will be limited.  Winter color will vary by geographic location.

For coastal California  UC Verde will begin to take on subtle change to a tan color mixed in with green. This will occur in December, after the onset of shorter day light hours and colder temperatures as plants go into a semi-dormant phase or winter rest. The colder it is, the more tan to straw color the surface foliage will become.

For inland areas where winter temperatures consistently drop into the 20's, there may be complete color change and dormant phase until the temperatures begin to rise again.  These winter changes generally last about 60 to 90 days.

The duration of this color change may be reduced by combining a late fall fertilization with mowing UC Verde to to about 1 inch height when you begin to see the change in color.  This will allow the sun to keep the soil warmer reducing these changes.  In the late winter, repeat the fertilization to encourage the grass to begin growing again.  If you want to have your lawn totally green during the winter months, an organic based turf colorant can be applied.


Shipping Information

Most shipping is done on Mondays to try to prevent plugs from sitting in a warehouse or on a truck over the weekend. Since we ship from the middle of the US, we able to reach both coasts by Friday.


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Buffalograss Plugs Online.


Planting Dates

Use the following chart to identify your estimated planting dates for your zone.

If you don't know which zone you are in, you can go to the

2006 Hardiness Zone Map.  Just use the back button when you are done to return to this page. 

Zones Estimated Planting Dates
Zone 11 February 15 through November 15
Zone 10 February 15 through November 1
Zone 9 March 10 through October 15
Zone 8 March 15 through October 15
Zone 7 April 1 through October 1
Zone 6 April 20 through September 15
Zone 5 May 1 through September 10
Zone 4 May 1 through September 1
Zone 3 May 10 through August 20
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