Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs

Dog Tuff Grass Plugs

 

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2015 Green Thumb Award Winner Cynodon hybrida 'Dog Tuff' ™ ('Dog Tuff'™) is an amazing xeric lawn grass perfect for high traffic and play areas and has excellent durability in yards with dogs. Once established it is highly weed resistant, deep rooted and provides a soft, cushioned feel for bare feet. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. Questions? Download our Dog Tuff ™ Grass Planting Guide.

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$59.95
Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Groundcover
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
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Size Tray of 70
SKU HBLB870

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2015 Green Thumb Award Winner Cynodon hybrida 'Dog Tuff'&trade'; (‘Dog Tuff’™ Grass) is a homeowner’s dream come true. It is a deep-rooted, low, dense growing turf grass that is very xeric and provides a tough, wear-resistant lawn. It is ideal for kids’ play and stands up to dog traffic and dog urine with little or No damage.

This South African native grass was discovered growing as a dense, bright-green area of grass on an isolated ranch in that country. It was brought to the US over thirty years ago, but it has never been available to the public until Now. This grass is considered sterile, so it doesn't spread by seed. It spreads by stolons that root into the ground wherever they can take hold, filling in to a thick, luxurious lawn. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. A flat covers 70 sq. ft. when planted on 1 ft x 1 ft. centers.

Customer Testimonial:"Just wanted to let you know that we ordered your "Dog Tuff" turf this spring for our house in central Denver and couldn't be happier with the results! We have a dog care business out of our house and can have up to 8-9 dogs staying on a busy weekend so normal blue grass has no chance in our back yard. Last year we re-sodded the back yard with blue grass and within a month it was history. This summer we have marveled and how strong and "tuff" even the new grass plugs are and how fast it grew! Now we have a beautiful grass area for the dogs and us! Best landscaping investment we have made! Thank you for giving us a much better solution to the turf problem!" - Sonya R., Denver, CO

SKU HBLB870
Common Name Dog Tuff Grass Plugs
Botanical Name Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 2.5-4" tall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Groundcover
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Planting A Lawn With Grass Plugs (Download our Grass Plug Planting Guide - .pdf format)

REMOVE THE OLD LAWN

You can kill or remove the old lawn in several ways:

A) Strip off the old turf grass with a sod cutter and kill off any remnants of lawn around the edges; OR

B) Kill the existing lawn, by spraying it with a one-time application of systemic glyphosate 14 days or longer prior to planting. (While repeated, widespread use of glyphosate can be damaging to the environment, healthy soils are capable of breaking down any residual chemical from a one-time use. Keep kids and pets off the lawn until the herbicide has dried.) or

C) Smother the lawn: If you can wait 6 months or longer, the old lawn can be killed by covering it with alternating layers of corrugated cardboard and compost laid down about 6” deep; or

D) Solarize the lawn by killing it with heat from the sun. This can be done by covering the lawn turf with clear plastic for one to two months during the heat of summer. Be sure and bury the edges of the plastic sheeting and place heavy rocks across the middle to anchor it and hold it down when the wind blows.

Note: Letting the lawn go brown by withholding water will not kill Kentucky Bluegrass.

IMPROVE THE SOIL - Before planting grass plugs into bare soil, it is essential that the soil be enriched with compost and other organic or natural fertilizers to insure that the plugs grow vigorously and cover the area quickly. Proper soil preparation can be done anytime before planting the plugs. However, preparing the soil well in advance of planting insures that the ingredients have begun to breakdown and the soil will have a finer texture. It also allows weeds to sprout and be pulled or rototilled prior to planting. This will greatly reduce the amount of weeding after planting the plugs.

To improve the soil for best results use organic or natural soil amendments listed below. Rototill the soil enriching ingredients into the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.

Planters II trace mineral supplement: Use 2 lbs/100 sq.ft. This natural trace mineral supplement provides essential micro-nutrients and boosts microbial activity in the soil needed to break down compost and natural fertilizers and improve nutrient availability.

Yum Yum Mix: 4 lbs/100 sq. ft. When it comes time to fertilize your soil in preparation for planting we suggest using a gentle, non-chemical based fertilizer. Yum Yum Mix feeds the soil that feeds your lawn. This organic formula adds essential nutrients to the soil and “feeds” the soil’s earthworms and beneficial microbial population to maintain a healthy living soil needed for a vigorous, low-care lawn. Healthy soil means a happy lawn!

Compost: Use at the rate of ½ to 1 cu. yard per 100 sq. ft. (depending on the condition of the soil). Along with Yum Yum Mix, a high quality compost will build and maintain a healthy living soil.

Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant: Lawn grasses will grow more vigorously by having these beneficial mycorrhizal fungi attached to their roots. Mycorrhizal inoculation is essential if your home is in a new subdivision or there has been extensive earthwork, soil removal and compaction from your home construction process.

DO NOT use manure unless you know it has been actively composted to break it down. Old piles of manure (even if stored for many years) have not been composted adequately. Instead, it will begin to compost (break down) after you’ve tilled it into the soil. This causes burning of grass plug roots and induces a serious nitrogen deficiency that will stunt or kill newly planted plugs.

Once the old lawn is gone or you are planting into bare soil, there are two ways to plant the plugs 1) You can plant into bare soil that has been enriched with compost and other natural or organic fertilizers (See above: Improve the Soil) 2) You can plant directly into dead turf that is thoroughly dead using the Drill and Fill Method (see below, section 4). It is NOT recommended that plugs be planted into a live lawn.

PLANTING USING THE "DRILL AND FILL" METHOD- Planting plugs into existing turf areas. This can be a real labor saving method when replacing your existing lawn. Assuming that the lawn was planted into well prepared soil, planting into the dead grass is a proven, labor saving method. This method also greatly reduces the amount of weeds that sprout once the plugs are planted.

a) Make sure the old lawn is dead, both foliage and roots. Choose from the method that works best for you (see section 1 above). Don’t make the mistake of assuming a completely brown patch of Kentucky Blue Grass (or any other turf grass) is dead from lack of water. Many grasses survive drought by going dormant only to “wake up” when water is made available.

b) Preparing the plugs for planting: Before planting the plugs make sure they are well watered but not soggy. Make a few shallow slices into the sides and bottom of the plug’s root ball to break the circling root growth and encourage lateral root growth into the surrounding soil. To speed the transplantation process the plugs should be removed from the plug tray, have their roots sliced and placed into a box or flat in the shade to await transplanting.

c) Measure the grid: Use a string line marked every 6″ or 12″ (with a Magic Marker), stretch it between two stakes to show you where to plant each plug.

d) Use a cordless drill to make the planting holes: Using a cordless drill and a 1 ¼″ diameter wood boring bit, drill 1 inch deep holes on a grid 6″ or 12″ apart, place the plug in the hole and step on it to firm it into the soil. Plant the row and move the stakes to the next row. When done planting the whole area, water thoroughly.

PLANTING INTO BARE SOIL- Prepare the plugs for planting and place your string line (as described above in b & c). Using a hand trowel make a shallow hole, plant the plug and firm it into place. Mulch with clean wheat straw to shade the soil and keep the plugs moist. Water thoroughly after the plugs are planted.

Organic Plant Magic: This all-purpose fertilizer is packed with every essential element required by plants to properly build and maintain themselves, including beneficial microorganisms and microbes. For best success, we suggest using it as a root dip when planting grass plugs.

WATERING - Frequency: Water in newly planted plugs thoroughly so that the soil is wet to a depth of 4-6 inches. The frequency of subsequent irrigation will depend on how quickly the soil dries. Water enough to keep the soil damp but not muddy with standing puddles. First week to 10 days: Water daily in the early evening. Next couple of weeks: As the plugs begin to root-out into the soil and grow, watering can be reduced to every 2nd or 3rd day. Plugs that are taking hold and rooting-out will be noticeably greener and have longer, larger leaf blades than one’s that haven’t. After the first month: If it’s not too hot and dry, your growing plugs will need watering no more than one to two times per week, putting down an inch of water each time. Use several empty coffee cans placed around the newly planted area to measure the amount of water applied. Even xeric native grasses like Buffalo and Grama grass need regular irrigation that first growing season. Once established, the amount of water needed next growing season will be much less!

Watering sloped areas: If you’ve planted on a slope, be sure to mulch the plugs with clean, weed-free straw. Water the soil with a fine spray, just enough that the water is absorbed by the soil and doesn’t run off. Repeat 3 or 4 times at 5 minute intervals until the soil is wet to a depth of several inches.

This is only a suggested watering schedule. Anytime the plugs are looking gray-green and the grass blades look thin and folded, they need water. The first couple of times you water, check the depth of the soil moisture after you water by digging into the soil to visually examine how deeply the water as penetrated. You’ll soon learn how much and how often your soil will need watering to keep the plugs moist.

WEEDING - Weeds will sprout quickly in newly planted areas. Weed control is essential so they don’t smother your new plugs. Pull weeds when they’re small.

Hand Weeding: You’ll need to pull weeds until the plugs have grown together for best establishment of your new lawn. When hand weeding, use a couple of wide wood board pieces to stand and kneel on while you weed. This helps to avoid stomping and compressing the soil as you walk around pulling the weeds.

Herbicides: It may not be practical to hand weed large, newly planted lawns and the use of broadleaf herbicides may be considered. We recommend using corn gluten meal, an organic, pre-emergent herbicide used to control weeds. Apply in late winter/early spring, just before weed seeds begin to germinate.

Herbicide Precautions: If you opt to use chemical herbicides instead, do not apply 2,4-D when daytime temperatures exceed 75° F. Do not use Trimec or other formulations that mix 2,4-D with other herbicides as these can stunt buffalo and blue grama grass plugs.

Fertilizing the First Growing Season: It is beneficial to fertilize your plugs that first growing season to make sure they fill in quickly and cover the bare soil. To minimize soil compaction from walking on the young lawn, spray fish emulsion as a foliar feed in the early morning, one time each month with the last application in August.

MAINTENANCE AND EXTENDED CARE for Established, Plug Grown Lawns:

Watering: Once established Buffalo and Blue Grama grass are very drought tolerant, but they may need extra water during the hottest part of the summer to keep them green and actively growing. Turn on the sprinklers to apply approximately an inch of water every two weeks.

Bella’ bluegrass will need more water each month than Buffalo or Grama in western climates. Water ‘Bella’ when it gets a gray-green color and the grass blades are folded and thin. If irrigation is not available and you must depend on natural rainfall, Buffalo and Blue Grama may go brown in extended heat and drought but will green-up when the rains return. These native grasses have deep roots that keep them alive through extended drought.

Fertilizing - Never use "weed-n-feed" chemical fertilizers as they are damaging to soil health

Buffalo grass varieties; Legacy, UC Verde and Prestige need to be fertilized twice annually for best appearance. Apply Yum Yum Mix or other organic/natural fertilizer in late spring and again in early fall.

‘Hachita’ Blue Grama; needs only one application of Yum Yum Mix applied in early fall.

Bella’ bluegrass; normally needs no supplemental fertilizer. In poor soils, apply Yum Yum Mix once annually in early fall.

A 25 lb. bag of Yum Yum Mix will cover about 600 sq. ft. of lawn.

Weed Control: Buffalo and Blue Grama grasses are warm-season growers, meaning they don’t green up until mid- to late spring (depending on elevation). Corn gluten meal application can prevent weeds from germinating. Weeds are best pulled, dug up with a dandelion fork or spot-sprayed with herbicide in early to mid-spring. At this time of the year, these native grasses are still dormant while the weeds are already green and growing. This makes them easy to find and pull. A thorough weeding in early spring is usually sufficient for the entire year.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Survives drought and dogs

After year two, this grass just gets better and better. It's spreading nicely, doesn't overtake walls and trees, and forms such a thick mat few weeds dare show their heads. Where the...Read complete review

After year two, this grass just gets better and better. It's spreading nicely, doesn't overtake walls and trees, and forms such a thick mat few weeds dare show their heads. Where the dogs run and lie it's a little shorter, but maintains its softness and is still green. We've ordered another flat to fill more of the yard. In the heat of the desert SW summer, we watered weekly with no browning.

The negatives are few: It does go dormant in the winter, and takes longer to green than our neighbors' fescues in the spring. The stolons that don't take hold die off and create a "messy" look (and get tracked inside by the dog's tail). It also yellows where the dogs pee.

We let this grass be native; no mowing or trimming during the summer. We love the natural look, and the dogs love it, too.

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Died

I bought a flat to try it before putting in a whole yard. I did all the soil prep as recommended and planted and cared for it as instucted. It filled in beautifully although...Read complete review

I bought a flat to try it before putting in a whole yard. I did all the soil prep as recommended and planted and cared for it as instucted. It filled in beautifully although it did grow taller than stated. I planted three plugs in another small section. Those three are greening up without any pre or post care. The entire yard area I planted last year is brown and crackly with only a few small green stems on the edges.

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4.0

Very hardy!

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

    This product is pretty much exactly as advertised. I waited several weeks before planting the plugs even though the instructions said to plant as soon as receiving them. Even with such a long delay in planting, the plugs did great. We took pictures every week to document their growth progress. What fun it was to see the difference week to week. You need to keep up with the weeds until the grass is completely filled in, something we didn't do. But we've pulled all the weeds now and the lawn is looking great! We planted this lawn at my daughter's house and I'm seriously thinking of changing out my lawn next year.

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    5.0

    worth every penny

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    from Colorado Grand Valley

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

      I ordered Dog Tuff plugs early the first year it was offered - 3 years ago, I think. I was very excited, but then didn't get it planted until mid July when it was hot and dry - later than recommended by HCG. I only lost about 2 plugs in the month or more of keeping it going in the tray. We have very compacted clay which I didn't even amend or turn over - just stuck the plugs in a narrow hole and firmed it over. Watered lightly daily for 2 weeks, then heavier every 3 days for a 2 weeks, then only tapered off. It grew fairly fast and on 12" grid was almost all filled in by winter. Next year, after it greened up mid-spring it was so beautiful, such a gorgeous shade of verdant green and I didn't water once and only an occasional weed needs tending to. This year its so thick it's like walking on a really expensive carpet that springs back over footprints and now in mid July of it's 3rd year is covered in really tiny buff colored seed-heads that lie at a perfect, right angle from each stem giving it a hazy effect. I watered once during late spring and none since. It's been hot, dry and windy without needing any supplementation of any kind since spring. I'm very proud of my lawn and recommend this product to everyone.

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      5.0

      Definitely dog tuff

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      from Cedar City, UT

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

        We planted dog tuff in dry, windy southern Utah and it has performed great! The dog doesn't bother it, it needs water maybe once a week, and it spread like peanut butter.

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        5.0

        Love it! Can't wait to buy more!

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        from Denver, Colorado

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

          This grass is fantastic! I started two small areas last summer and it greened up so much earlier than my other native grasses, plus it's much greener as well. It's a bit work and cost intensive to plant it so I am going to just keep expanding my areas each year. I have an entire buffalo grass yard I intend to replace with dog tuff grass. The buffalo yard didn't crowd out weeds as I expected and can get scruffy looking. The dog grass looks and feels like moss! I love it. Plus the customer service is great. Two of my flats arrived looking stressed and they promptly replaced them. Can't ask for better service than that. : )

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          5.0

          Survives drought and dogs

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          from SW Utah

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

            After year two, this grass just gets better and better. It's spreading nicely, doesn't overtake walls and trees, and forms such a thick mat few weeds dare show their heads. Where the dogs run and lie it's a little shorter, but maintains its softness and is still green. We've ordered another flat to fill more of the yard. In the heat of the desert SW summer, we watered weekly with no browning.

            The negatives are few: It does go dormant in the winter, and takes longer to green than our neighbors' fescues in the spring. The stolons that don't take hold die off and create a "messy" look (and get tracked inside by the dog's tail). It also yellows where the dogs pee.

            We let this grass be native; no mowing or trimming during the summer. We love the natural look, and the dogs love it, too.

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            1.0

            Died

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            from Albuquerque NM

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

            I bought a flat to try it before putting in a whole yard. I did all the soil prep as recommended and planted and cared for it as instucted. It filled in beautifully although it did grow taller than stated. I planted three plugs in another small section. Those three are greening up without any pre or post care. The entire yard area I planted last year is brown and crackly with only a few small green stems on the edges.

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            4.0

            Dog Tuff Really Is Dog Tough!

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            from Sal5 Lake City, UT

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

              It's too early to see how this grass will ultimately look, but almost every plug has survived the winter and is greening up nicely. I'm pleased and expect to be very happy with this lawn, which has already had to put up with several chickens and a large dog.

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              5.0

              Grass is just as advertised

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              from Castle Pines, CO

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                If you don't mow it the grass has a very natural look that complements my Colorado native inspired yard.
                Rabbits are very attracted to this grass.

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                5.0

                really tuff stuff

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                from Castle Pines, CO

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                  Dog Tuff spreads very well. After a full summer it will fill in if soil is good. Not so good soil takes a little longer. It turns brown in the winter. I never cut it because the rabbits keep it short. In fact they love it. There is so much rabbit poop it looks like stone pebbles. That said it is still the best possible solution for my natural, native inspired Colorado acerage.

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                  4.0

                  Survives two Huskies!

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                  from Salt Lake City

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                  I have 2 huskies, the lawn survived urine spots and a lot of rough play. I allow it to grow where the bluegrass dies.

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                  4.0

                  now if I could only keep my dogs off of it

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                  from Denver, CO

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                  very attractive turf that I tried as an alternative to 'Legacy' buffalo grass. Areas in my yard that were not on the main 'trail' of my 3 great pyrenees dogs did well--heavy dog foot traffic impacts its establishment. Lovely color & texture, Absolutely need full sun for it to do well.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome product and customer service

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                  from denver, co

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                  The grass is growing great and spreading nicely. One of the early batches was not very healthy and due to the very wet and cold start to spring in Denver, some did not survive. HCG has very awesome customer service and replaced more than the ones that did not survive with no questions asked. The rest are thriving, especially now that the temperature has turned up. The grass is super soft and durable even being newly planted. My dog sprints all around and even the newer plugs stand up to her abuse.

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                  4.0

                  Tried this out for my clients and happy with the results!

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                  from Albuquerque, NM

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                    This grass is exactly what most of my clients are looking for but I was hesitant to recommend it without trying it first. I've been extremely impressed! I received my plugs late summer (getting the last of their supply). They were planted at the absolute worst time in the summer in a high traffic area of the yard with 3 kids and 2 big dogs. I prayed they would survive the fall/winter. To my surprise this Spring, they all survived and are healthy, spreading and flourishing on just spring rains which is minimal in Albuquerque. I've put the grass to the extreme test of a busy business owner, mom and dog owner. IMPRESSIVE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Spreads like Peanut Butter

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                    from Reno, NV

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                    • Spreads Well

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                      Planted my first 70 plugs last May and they spread fast and filled in beautifully. Planted my second 70 in the fall and waiting to see if it does as well. Nevada had a very dry winter this year and am hoping it got enough water, if it hadn't been so cold I could have watered more but.....

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                      5.0

                      Best dog friendly lawn out there!

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                      from Denver

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                      • Dog Durible
                      • Hardy
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                      • Low Water Needs

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                      • Greens Up Later

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                      • Minimal Water Needs

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                      High Country Gardens is already showing my testimonial to Dog Tuff Turf in the website. Can we count that as an entry?

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                      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      first successful grass

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                      from Gallup NM

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:

                        I have wanted a 10x10 foot plot of grass for many years. I've tried blue gamma and buffalo grass with no success. Last spring I planted Dog Tuff and I have a beautiful little patch of grass that was easy to start. It's in an area that is about as bad as it gets: clay, caliche, full southern exposure, zone 5, and it still grew thick and lush. I did not prepare the soil except for loosening up the dirt a little bit and throwing some straw down for mulch. I did follow the watering suggestions religiously. I would highly recommend this grass. I'm even wondering if I should sink a barrier between the grass and my garden so that it does not become invasive. Never thought I would have that problem!

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