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: We recommend using Yum Yum Mix or natural, organic fertilizers for the health of your lawn and those who enjoy it. A 25 lb. bag of Yum Yum Mix will cover about 600 sq. ft. of lawn. Never use “weed-n-feed” chemical fertilizers as they are damaging to soil health.
Legacy, UC Verde, and Prestige Buffalo Grass and Dog Tuff Grass varieties need to be fertilized twice annually for best appearance. Apply an organic/natural fertilizer in late spring and again in early fall.
‘Hachita’ Blue Grama Grass needs only one application of an organic/natural fertilizer in early fall.
Bella Bluegrass normally needs no supplemental fertilizer. In poor soils, apply an organic/natural fertilizer once annually in early fall.
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). In early-to-mid-spring, while these native grasses are still dormant, it’s easy to find weeds that are already green and growing. Weeds are best pulled, dug up with a dandelion fork, or spot-sprayed with herbicide. A thorough weeding in early spring is usually sufficient for the entire year. Applying corn gluten meal over time can also prevent the germination of weeds (see Herbicides above).