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Why is "All-Female Buffalograss from Todd Valley Farms so Unique?

  • Saves up to 75% of water use

  • Deep root system of 6' - 8' deep

  • Thrives on 1/4" of water per week

  • Saves up to 80% of mowing costs

  • Little or no pollen means cleaner air for allergy sufferers

  • Aesthetically more appealing than seeded types that include the male plant

  • Establishes quickly by sod or plugs

  • “Green” product that gives LEED points

  • Aggressive but not invasive

  • Highly insect and disease resistant

  • Low fertilizer requirement

  • Only turfgrass native to the United States

  • Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation

Buffalograss can be used as the only turfgrass in your yard or in conjunction with traditional turf grasses to create a distinctive landscape.  Every landscape has areas where Buffalograss will fit, giving the opportunity to expand the usable turf area, yet reduce maintenance costs.  Flower bulbs can be planted into Buffalograss in a median on a city street or in your front yard to give an early spring burst of color that will give way to green grass as summer approaches.  Buffalograss can be installed on a green roof to purify the air, control rainwater runoff, insulate the building and dramatically extend the life of the roof.  The use of Turf-type Buffalograss is limited only by your imagination.


Water Reduction

Todd Valley Farms buffalograss varieties give up to a 75% reduction in water consumption, therefore saving you money.  These varieties thrive on a fraction of the amount of water needed for most turfgrasses.  With a root system extending several feet into the ground, watering is not needed in most parts of the country.  The rest of the country will see a substantial reduction in water usage.  In gallons this means about one million gallons of water per acre can be saved by using Legacy, Prestige or UC Verde. This allows water to be used for other necessities, like drinking.


Buffalograss is eligible for water rebates in many cities with limited supplies of water.   Check with your local water board or city officials to see if you qualify.


Mowing Reduction 

Buffalograss from Todd Valley Farms reduces or eliminates mowing, saving you money and protecting the quality of air we breath.  Lawn mower engines are one of the worse polluters of our atmosphere. Buffalograss has a slow vertical growth habit. Legacy will only grow to a height of 3 to 5 inches. Prestige will grow to a height of 4 to 8 inches and UC Verde will grow a height of 4 to 6 inches.  There is no set mowing schedule for Buffalograss.  Just mow for the look you are trying to create.  For a manicured turf, you will need to mow once every two to three weeks.  Todd Valley Farms Buffalograss only grows 3 to 8 inches so it never looks unsightly.  Generally, the lower maximum height  will be in drier climates, whereas the higher height will be in areas with annual rainfall of 30 or more inches.  We do recommend that you mow at least one time per year.


Pollen Reduction

Only two turfgrasses are considered “pollen free” by the Society for Allergy Friendly Environmental Gardening. www.safegardening.org One of these is Prestige Buffalograss, developed by the University of Nebraska, and the other one is UC Verde Buffalograss, developed by the University of California. Two others are considered “low pollen”, Legacy Buffalograss and Bella Bluegrass. Both were developed by the University of Nebraska. If pollen makes you or anyone in your family miserable, consider an “all-female” lawn. It won’t totally cure your asthma but it can help alleviate your symptoms.  Click on the logo below for more information on Allergy Friendly Plants:



Boost Root Dip

If you are purchasing buffalograss plugs and are concerned about watering requirements to establish the plugs, you should also consider purchasing Boost Root Dip.  The ONE OUNCE PACKET will dip approximately 1000 plugs, for only $17.99!


· Helps protect root systems from drying out after planting.

· Decreases plant stress for improved stand development.

· Holds 400 times it’s weight in water.

· Slowly releases just the right amount of water to the roots as needed.

· Gives you higher plant survival rates and consistently higher quality plants.


History Behind Todd Valley Farms Buffalograss Varieties

Buffalograss has survived for millions of years, through droughts, floods and insect invasions. It is the only turfgrass that is native to the United States.


During the 1980's, turf managers saw the need for a quality turfgrass that would be less costly to maintain.  An effort was made to find a new, low maintenance grass for lawns because of the increasing population worldwide and the limited amount of water to go around.  As a result of this research, the first turf-type buffalograss varieties were released in the early 1990's.  These first generation, seedless varieties were "609", Prairie, "315" and "378".  Seeded types like Cody, Bam 1000 and Tatanka also came on the market.  They also reduced mowing and the amount of money spent on fertilizer and chemicals each year.  Even though seedless varieties had a definite advantage over the seeded types, they still lacked the overall density and color to compete with the looks of a traditional lawn.


Then in 2000, Legacy® Buffalograss, a second generation turf-type seedless variety, developed by the University of Nebraska, came to market.  Legacy's soft, narrow blade made the turf an ideal choice for lawn activities.  It had a dark blue-green color.  The quality of Legacy Buffalograss surpassed all other types of vegetative and seeded buffalograss. The popularity of buffalograss soared.


Legacy Buffalograss turf offered an exciting new dimension in turf maintenance.  You could have a beautiful manicured lawn without the constant watering and mowing.  Development of new varieties continued.  It was unrealistic to think one variety would be the best grass for all areas and climates.  In 2003 UC Verde® was released by University of California creating the ultimate grass for the heat of the lower valley of Arizona and California.  Prestige™ followed in 2004 for the humid climates like the south and southeast United States.


Todd Valley Farms owns the exclusive right to all three of these remarkable grasses.  All three are seedless, or vegetatively reproduced. Vegetative varieties offer many advantages over seeded types.  They establish faster.  Our accelerated growth plugs should give you a lawn in 2 to 4 growing months instead of 3 to 5 years required for seeded types.  While vegetative varieties produce a few pollen heads under certain conditions they do not produce the massive quantities that the seeded varieties do.  Seeded varieties need to be mowed regularly to remove these unsightly heads.  Vegetative varieties are generally considered pollen free, creating a improved environment for people and pets with allergies. The establishment window for seeded types is very short.  Seeded types must be seeded during early summer when temperatures are high and weeds are prevalent.  The use of chemicals during establishment is very limited.  Plugs and sod have a planting window from spring until fall and can be treated with chemicals to prevent weed growth during establishment.



We feel the conservation of water is a must for all of us, but we must also reduce our dependency on chemicals and the need for the weekly ritual of mowing. Lawnmowers are one of the worst polluters of the air we breath.  Our buffalograss varieties require mowing only once every 2 to 3 weeks.  Since these varieties have such a short maximum height, many people choose to leave their lawns un-mowed.








Ask for these grasses at your local garden center or order online.  We are also contracting with sod farms throughout North America to better serve those who wish to sod instead of plug.


For more information on a distributor in your area go to the Buffalograss Grower and Distributor Page or place an order online for plugs to be shipped directly to you.


Year Round Color Options

A drawback of Buffalograss is that its’ growing season is shorter than bluegrass or fescue. We have been told that the longer the growing season for grass the better. But the longer growing season also costs time and money. So how do you have a green lawn everyday of the year with Buffalograss if it’s season is shorter.

Annual Ryegrass Option
In the warm climates of the United States, where winters are mild and summer temperatures reach into the 90's or higher consistently throughout the summer, turf-type buffalograss from Todd Valley Farms can be over-seeded during the fall with ryegrass, the same way Bermuda is over-seeded. This will give you a green and growing winter lawn during the winter and when temperatures increase the next spring the ryegrass will die in the heat and the buffalograss will once again give you a low water-use turf with minimal mowing. Over-seeding with ryegrass should only be done in areas where the summer weather is severe enough to prohibit the survival of the ryegrass. Check with your local extension horticulturist before proceeding with this option.


Barok Sheeps Fescue

Another option is over-seeding Barok Sheeps fescue into a turf-type buffalograss lawn to extend the growing season of the turf from early spring until late fall.

Turf Painting

The density and upright nature of our turf-type buffalograss enables it to be “painted” during the normal dormant cycle allowing you to have a green lawn 12 months out of the year. Special turf colorant is available to spray on the grass with a back pack sprayer or by a lawn service with their regular chemical application equipment. If the turf colorant is unavailable, you can also use regular latex paint from your local paint store. Thin the paint with enough water to allow it to be sprayed through the sprayer. For the best coverage paint twice with the second application applied at a 90º angle from the first application. It is simple and inexpensive to do and one application should last the entire winter. In the spring the grass will start growing and the paint will be mowed off.


UC Verde California-Specific 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.What crisis? Some businesses are booming (© Christopher Solomon)

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.

Buffalograss Blogs

BLUE PLANET GARDEN BLOG -UC Verde Grass is rocking the house!

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EDEN MAKERS BLOG - UC Verde Lawn Test in Los Angeles

LAZY GARDENS BLOG - Watching Grass Grow

UC VERDE GRASS – the lawn alternative I’ve been waiting for?

Buffalograss Won't You Come Out Tonight


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Todd Valley Farms

950 County Rd M, Mead NE 68041

Phone: 800.869.8544

E-Mail: info@toddvalleyfarms.com



Business Hours

 Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

 Saturday: Closed

 Sunday: Closed


 Revised November 1st, 2017