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2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth.
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4. After spreading the seed, we recommend compressing the seed into the soil.
5. After planting, give the area a good water.
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Legacy Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides Legacy) is a premium-quality native turf grass variety bred by University of Nebraska agronomists to be a drought tolerant, low care turf grass with the lush look of traditional bluegrass or fescue lawns. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Grass Plugs: Orders placed before Thursday will ship the following Monday or Tuesday. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region, from late February - November, depending on zone and growing temperatures. See: More Shipping Info
Legacy Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides Legacy) is a premium-quality turf variety of Buffalograss that represents a significant improvement over traditional seed-grown strains. Developed by University of Nebraska agronomists, Legacy was selected to duplicate the lush green look of traditional bluegrass turf while retaining the outstanding hardiness and drought-resistant (xeric) character that is expected from buffalo grass. Green Thumb Award Winner 2001 4-6" tall.
Propagated from cuttings, this essentially pollen-free buffalo grass is exceptionally robust, spreading quickly with vigorous runners to form a dense, inviting, deep green lawn that withstands heavy foot traffic, pests and diseases.
Buffalo grass grows easily in a wide range of soil types and actually prefers heavy clay. It requires minimal mowing, little or no fertilization (depending on soil type) and forms a tight, highly weed-resistant ground cover. This is a warm season grower best adapted to low rainfall regions that receive 10" to 30" of annual precipitation at elevations below 6,500 to 7000 ft.
This grass typically uses 45-75% less water than Kentucky bluegrass, needing only 2" of water per month to stay during the heat of summer! While all buffalo grass turns a soft beige color when dormant in late fall through mid-spring, Legacy was developed to up earlier in the spring and hold its color longer into the fall than any other variety. Legacy is a very quick grower. Using our jumbo plugs you can expect to cover an area planted on 12" x 12" centers in about 3 months, or in only 2 months when planted on 6" x 6" centers (depending on your growing conditions). You can plant our plugs beginning in late spring right through the summer and into the early fall. Plugging a buffalo grass lawn will save up to two-thirds of the cost of buffalo grass sod.
Remember that buffalo grass is not suited to the following conditions:
- More than a half day of shade
- Very sandy soils (Grama Grass is better)
- Elevations greater than 6,500 to 7,000 ft. with short, cool summers. (In these areas, cool season grasses are the best.
We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. One flat of 70 plugs spaced 12" x 12" apart covers 70 sq. ft. Spaced 6" x 6" one flat covers 17.5 sq. ft. (Cutting propagated.)Learn how to plant and maintain Buffalo Grass. or see Lawn Replacement Instructions for more information. A detailed planting and maintenance instruction sheet is provided with each order.
Please note: Our grass plugs ship separately from perennials and seed products. Orders for grass plugs get processed on Thursdays and shipped out the following Monday.
Planting A Lawn With Grass Plugs (Download our Grass Plug Planting Guide - .pdf format)
REMOVE THE OLD LAWN
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.
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!
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.
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
‘Hachita’ Blue Grama; needs only one application of Yum Yum Mix applied in early fall.
Bella’ bluegrass: Bella doesn’t need much fertilizer to maintain its rich deep green color, however, it does need fertilizer to fight off disease. We recommend applying slow release or organic fertilizer, such as Yum Yum mix, 2 to 4 times per year. In poor soils, also apply Yum Yum Mix 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.
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legacy buffalo grass plugs "a real winner"
from casper wyoming
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Comments about High Country Gardens Buchloe dactyloides Legacy Grass Plugs:
wanted a lawn or lawn substitute that was attractive, low water requirement, suitable for our climate, any easy to care for. these plugs filled all our requirements and then some. it takes root easily and spreads rapidly. we start with one foot spacing, but will use two foot spacing now. also the fact it does not send up seed pods like other buffalo grass is a real plus in the appearance of the lawn and the need to mow regularly.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Still holding out hope for the lawn to become established!
from Santa Barbara, Ca
We planted this in March (+/-) this year and it's now October and it is thriving in part of the lawn and truly struggling in others. Hopefully, once it gets established, it will be good, but it has taken far longer than I would have thought to have it fill in.
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A great low water grass
from Ogden, UT
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The planting instruction are spot on. I tested the plug starting mix and didn't think that helped all that much, the plugs planted by themselves did just as well. This grass is planted in a low traffic small front lawn that is only shaded for 2 hours in the early morning. The soil is a low quality heavy clay, however it filled in quite quickly and forms a very dense mat of grass that does well at keeping weeds at bay. The color is a light green and has a fine blade. It looks quite pretty if you let it grow out a bit, very much a wavy prairie grass look. It spreads aggressively with runners (stolons), so make sure you don't let it creep into any flower beds, or other areas you don't want it in. It does not spread through rhizomes (roots), so a simple border is all that is needed. It isn't a grass you would go out and lay on, but as a low water alternative to a bluegrass or fescue, this really fits the bill. It does get small sterile seed heads in the spring, and these are not comfy for your bare feet.It also browns completely out in the winter. It isn't dead (despite what a few neighbors thought), and starts to green up when the temps are consistently warm.Overall I am very happy with the grass, and I would plant it again if the area fit the growing requirements. I do not think I'd use it for a main lawn replacement, because it will not hold up to much traffic, and it's not all that cozy to lounge on.
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from Central Kansas
The drought killed my fescue in the sunny part of my yard and with my dogs I needed something that could handle traffic, heat and less water than fescue. It grows so nice and thick, I would find the dogs lounging on it. I tried buffalo grass seed and Legacy is clearly superior in thickness and color. I was a little afraid of doing plugs, but it was easy. My husband used the drill with a wide bit, and I popped them in. I'm planning on buying more plugs and starting on the front yard!
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