\n\n\nWe Americans love our lawns.\u00a0 But more and more homeowners are looking to reduce the time they spend maintaining their patch of grass and spending less for water and maintenance.\u00a0 Fortunately there has been a lot of research done over the past few decades with all these goals in mind.\n\u2018Legacy\u2019 Buffalo grass is an excellent solution when it comes to less frequent mowing and reduced water usage for irrigation. Developed by agronomists at the University of Nebraska, \u2018Legacy\u2019 buffalo grass is a greatly improved selection of this awesome native grass species.\u2018Legacy\u2019 is a female plant (buffalo grass has separate male and female plants) that grows to half the height of \u00a0pasture type buffalo grass that has been used for lawns.\u00a0 So \u2018Legacy\u2019 is an ideal lawn grass for those who suffer from grass pollen allergies. And because it is a naturally dwarf variety, it needs much less frequent mowing than the usual weekly schedule for most lawns.\n \u2018Legacy\u2019 cannot be grown from seed and is propagated vegetatively by rooting stolons (little stem pieces) in plug trays.\u00a0 By planting the individual plugs on one foot by one foot centers this vigorous, dense growing grass will grow together and make a lush lawn in about 3 months from a late spring\/early summer planting. \u2018Legacy\u2019 is long lived and will provide a beautiful, low care, low water lawn for many, many years.\n\n\n\n\n\nAnother fabulous new dwarf turf grass planted from plugs is Bella Bluegrass.\u00a0 This variety is so low growing it never needs mowing (unless you like your lawn cut really short) making it an excellent choice for small, tight, hard-to-mow spaces.\u00a0 Its roots go down an amazing 2 to 3 feet into the soil making it much more water-thrifty than normal bluegrass type turf grasses.\u00a0 Bella is also very shade tolerant and is recommended for both sun and shade growing conditions. Like \u2018Legacy\u2019 buffalo grass, it is grown by rooting pieces into plug trays. Bella should be spaced on six inch by six inch centers to fill in completely during its first growing season.\n\nTo see our complete selection of Buffalo Grass Plugs, please click here.\n To find the Buffalo Grass best suited for your area, please view our maps below: \n\n\n \n \n\n \n \n\nText and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.\n\u00a9 All articles are copyrighted by High Country Gardens. Republishing an entire High Country Gardens blog post or article is prohibited without written permission. Please feel free to share a short excerpt with a link back to the article on social media websites, such as Facebook and Pinterest.