Fertilization Approximate Dates
June 1st, July 1st and an optional August 1st
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, as this will only encourage competition from weeds and other plants.
|Grass Species||Amount and Frequency|
|Turf-type Buffalograss||Only if plant shows stress|
The best time to water is early morning, so less water is lost by evaporation. The worst time to water is in the evening because the lawn stays wet all night, which encourages disease development. Lawns watered too frequently tend to develop shallow root systems which may make them more susceptible to grub damage and heat/drought stress.
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®Please also visit our Buffalograss Seasonal Tips Page
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.
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