Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watching Grass Grow: Buffalo Grass After Four Phoenix Summers

I haven't updated about the buffalo grass lawn because there hasn't been much to update.  It grows, it gets watered, it needs very little mowing, and it's reasonably weed free.  It hasn't been fertilized since we planted it.

We even tried to kill it, and failed.  I was out of town all spring and early summer, and I forgot to tell my roommate to set the watering frequency to every 10 days, so it went until late June on a couple of 15-minute waterings and a trace of rain. I didn't take a picture of it before the water was increased, unfortunately.  It greened up a bit, but the blades were short and a distressed-looking grey-green.  It was in survival mode, waiting for the monsoons.

Buffalo Grass: September 5, 2012
This is not meant to be a clipped formal lawn, it's a grassy meadow.

The remedy for the neglect was water - a double watering immediately to soak the ground deeply and sticking to the every 10 day schedule explained in "Calculating Buffalo Grass Watering".  It's using only half as much water as Bermuda grass. There are a couple of scanty spots, but it's recovered well.

Here it is after being resuscitated. The slightly darker patches are the !@#$@$ Bermuda grass that persists despite my efforts to eradicate it.  The buffalo grass seems to be acting as a living mulch for the Bermuda. Neither one can outgrow the other and take over.

It's been mowed twice, most recently in late July. 


Guy Ellis said...

How can I contact you? I'm experimenting with growing kikuyu grass in AZ (Scottsdale) and would like to brainstorm with you.

Anonymous said...

Guy -
I'll call you at your work and leave a number for callback.

Kikuyu? In the wrong climate, that can make Bermuda grass look innocent.

shareyourthoughtz said...

I'd like to purchase some buffalo grass seed.. can you tell me where you purchased yours?

thank you.

Lazy Gardens said...

We planted plugs, not seed.

Search Google for buffalo grass seed - there are several vendors. Pay attention to the region the grass is optimal for, because there are several strains of it.