Waterwise, Low Mow Turf Grasses from Plugs

Legacy buffalo grass.

We Americans love our lawns.  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.  Fortunately there has been a lot of research done over the past few decades with all these goals in mind.

‘Legacy’ 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, ‘Legacy’ buffalo grass is a greatly improved selection of this awesome native grass species.‘Legacy’ is a female plant (buffalo grass has separate male and female plants) that grows to half the height of  pasture type buffalo grass that has been used for lawns.  So ‘Legacy’ 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.

‘Legacy’ cannot be grown from seed and is propagated vegetatively by rooting stolons (little stem pieces) in plug trays.  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. ‘Legacy’ is long lived and will provide a beautiful, low care, low water lawn for many, many years.

Blue grass plug.

Another fabulous new dwarf turf grass planted from plugs is Bella Bluegrass.  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.  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.  Bella is also very shade tolerant and is recommended for both sun and shade growing conditions. Like ‘Legacy’ 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.

To see our complete selection of Buffalo Grass Plugs, please click here.
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Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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6 thoughts on “Waterwise, Low Mow Turf Grasses from Plugs”

  • Bobby Blain

    I tried to order a plat of UC Verde grass and the checkout page kelp saying there was an error so I gave up. I don't believe you didn't want my order

  • dave tinsman
    dave tinsman 03/12/13 at 8:04 am

    regarding the new grasses in this article (buffalo etc) - my home is in michigan and mostly SAND - will these work in sand - & if so, which would be best


  • Carole Pahl

    Please help me know what I can plant in sourthern nev. thanks

  • Rick Garcia

    I have a few questions regarding the Bella Blue grass product. Will it thrive in Albuquerque ? Soil conditioning requirements ? How well will it handle foot traffic and pets once established ?

    CARMEN MIRANDA 03/14/13 at 3:30 am

    Can you tell me which one of these grass would grow well in Puerto Rico? I want a slow low grass because I travel back and forth from Florida to Puerto Rico (every 4-5 months)
    Thank you. appreciate your reply

  • Gary Dawyot
    Gary Dawyot 03/16/13 at 8:17 am

    Will this grow with a lot of evergreens?

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