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.
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:
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.