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Grow a sustainable lawn that is green, resilient, drought-tolerant and can handle just about anything.
The perfect solution to high traffic areas.
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1. Choose a spot on your property that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day.
2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth.
3. Mix the Wildflower seeds with sand for better visibility.
4. After spreading the seed, we recommend compressing the seed into the soil.
5. After planting, give the area a good water.
Professionally-designed gardens make it easy to get a beautiful yard.
We first introduced our "Gardens in a Box" over a decade ago and despite our efforts, we sell out every season.
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Great plants to solve gardening challenges.
Professionally-designed flower bulb collections that will combine beautifully.
Spring-Planted Flower Bulbs (like Gladiolus & Dahlias) will bloom in summer.
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Dog Tuff™ Grass (Cynodon ‘PWIN04S’) is an amazing, highly drought-resistant lawn grass perfect for high traffic and play areas. It has excellent durability in yards with dogs and is resistant to yellowing from dog urine. Once established, this warm-season grass is highly weed resistant, deep-rooted and provides a soft, cushioned feel for bare feet. It only grows 2 ½-4 inches high, so you need not mow it unless you prefer a manicured look. 2015 Green Thumb Award Winner. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. Questions? Download our Dog Tuff ™ Grass Planting Guide.
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
Dog Tuff Grass (Cynodon ‘PWIN04S’) is a homeowner’s dream come true. This deep-rooted, dense, low-growing turf grass is very drought resistant (xeric> and provides a tough, durable lawn. It is ideal for kids’ play and stands up to dog traffic and dog urine with little or no damage. 2015 Green Thumb Award Winner
Typically within one season, Dog Tuff Grass fills into a thick, luxurious lawn, spreading by stolons that root deep into the ground. This grass is considered sterile, so it doesn't spread by seed. Because Dog Tuff Grass only grows to 2 ½-4 inches tall, you need not mow it. (If it grows taller than 4", it's probably receiving too much water.) Without mowing, Dog Tuff ™ grows in gentle mounds. If you prefer a manicured look, you can mow about once a week, but be careful to only mow ½ inch of growth at a time or you will scalp the lawn, causing it to go brown. Don't cut the grass short before winter; instead mow it low in early spring to reinvigorate it.
You'll need to water this warm-season grass frequently to get it established. Water the area lightly 2-3 times a day for a week, about once a day the second week and every other day or so by the third week. After the second or third year, the grass only needs to be watered once every week or two, ½ - 1” of irrigation at a time, so the water penetrates deeply into the roots.
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. Questions? Download our Dog Tuff ™ Grass Planting Guide or review our Lawn Replacement Instructions for more information. A detailed planting and maintenance instruction sheet is provided with each order.
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
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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Most Liked Positive Review
Love this grass....plan on installing more!
Love, love, love this grass. The process of planting 4700 grass plugs was a bit daunting at first. We were able to power through the project with the help of a long auger...Read complete review
Love, love, love this grass. The process of planting 4700 grass plugs was a bit daunting at first. We were able to power through the project with the help of a long auger bit on a drill and drop the plugs into place. The grass filled in nicely over the first few months and is now a nice thick lawn. We planted 2/3 of our dog yard (kept them off it while establishing the grass), and will be planting the remaining area in 2018. The grass is soft under foot and seems very durable. LOVE IT!
Most Liked Negative Review
Big disappointment when spring came...
I'm pretty sure I left this grass a five star review last year. When I planted my first tray in May, it spread quickly and was a beautiful bright green. I planted a...Read complete review
I'm pretty sure I left this grass a five star review last year. When I planted my first tray in May, it spread quickly and was a beautiful bright green. I planted a second tray in July and a third in August. The tray in August did not have enough time to spread, but I was hopeful that all the plugs would swing back to life this year. Unfortunately it looks like nothing came back.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Big Disappointment, part 2
from Glenwood Springs
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Dog Tuff Grass Plugs:
So, a month ago, I mentioned that the grass looked great last summer but didn't return in the spring. It turns out that, in early May, I'm finally starting to see it's return! It went dormant at least a month before my other grass - I think by late September. It's returning at least a month and a half later. So, at least Zone 6a (-10F to -5F), at altitude 5761 feet, this is apparently a lovely green lawn only about 3 months in a year (maybe 4)! I'm in the process of fixing this mistake, but wanted to give a heads up. Perhaps it's a better fit further south?
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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In the attached picture all of the brown is the dog tuf grass. The bright green is my existing lawn... I just tried a couple patches with the dog tug grass where the weeds were beating my grass.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Fills in fast
from Englewood CO
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Planted this in the heat of the summer and it never slowed down for a second. It filled in very quickly and I was extremely pleased with how much my water consumption went down even as I was watering to get the plants established. I am gradually changing over a bluegrass lawn and you can tell the difference between the two grasses when they are next to each other, but it doesn't bother my eye. My kid and dog play hard on this grass and it takes it all in stride. I can't wait until the whole lawn is Dog Tuff!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)
from Fort Collins
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After about 1 month
Just after planting
After about 2 months
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Finally a grass that thrives with our girl .
We have to order more for the rest of our yard we are surprised hoe fast it covers the dirt.
Working well, and I'm not much of a gardener
About Me Getting Started
I ordered one flat, then ended up putting the plugs in closer than 12", so had to order a second. I wish there had been something in the information that addressed the coverage in more detail so I could have done it all at once. However, that said, the grass is doing very well. I was particularly attracted to the statement that this grass grew so thickly that it would choke out weeds. When planting, I did everything that the instructions told me to do EXCEPT prevent other things from sharing the space in the spring. I said to myself, "Well, I don't feel like that right now -- I'll just make sure to weed religiously." Come spring, of course I didn't do it, so I had to do a lot of weeding later on that could have been avoided. So ... my tip ... put in a little extra effort to block other plants. It's worth it.
tough grass indeed
We planted a 12x12 patch of this grass just so the dogs could have a bit of lawn. The 2 60-lb dogs love it and roll in it, lie in it for naps and to chew their toys. Despite this abuse it is doing great. My only caveat is that this is not a short grass! It has gotten to about 8" high. I don't care and don't mow, but this could be an issue for anyone expecting a short grass. it is vigorous, and spreading some so we are keeping it contained on one side of the back yard walkway.
Slow to establish, but nice eventually
from Denver, CO
About Me Master Gardener
Zone 5 (Denver). I put in Dog Tuff plugs last spring (2016) on 12" centers. By this spring (2017) about a quarter of the lawn had filled in. By September, about half. My experience is that the more water you give it during establishment, the faster it fills in...but it's still very slow--it will likely be a full 3 years before we have an actual lawn. That said, where it has filled in completely, it is fine, soft, thick grass that does seem drought and traffic-tolerant.
Love this grass!
By Cheri C
from Central Idaho
We planted a small front lawn in June and it is nearly covered in mid August. We planted on 6" centers, probably overdone, but looks better faster! We did not lose any plants, shipping was fast and well packed. I always order my grasses from High Country Gardens, and am getting my order ready for spring! Thank you!
(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
I would recommend this product for Southern Utah.
from Cedar City, Ut
Ok I didn´ẗ follow the planting instructions. I mean´t to but was working so much I could´t get around to it. I finally just grabbed my drill and drilled a bunch of holes were I wanted to put it. The ground was not prepared at all. Between a couple of weeks of 100 degree temperatures and typical Cedar City winds I tried to water it twice a day. I received it around the 1st of June I´ve attached a couple of pictures so you can see how bad the ground was were I planted and how it is doing after almost two months. I´m going to wait another month before I let my dog get on it but I´m impressed with it so far. There is one bare patch but is filling in. It is due to me not leveling the ground before planting the plugs. I did plant them thicker then recommended.
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love dog tuff!
from Arvada, CO
First of all I am very satisfied with my dog tuff grass. So far hot, dry summer and overall grass is thriving. Of course we are watering often because this is the first year. I planted 2 months ago and most of it is covering bare earth with runners and the weeds are not able to germinate. I have 2 greyhounds and they love to run and dig in their back feet to push off. The old Kentucky bluegrass couldn't handle this abuse but this new stuff has no problem with rambunctious dogs. My soil is terrible. It's all clay and it now has cracks in the heavy clay areas, the dog tuff grass is doing just great in it. I would not advise the use of annual rye grass. I did this and because of my clay soil, the rye grass came up heavily in some areas and not in other areas. It's hard to see the weeds in the heavier rye grass areas, so I wish I had skipped it and just applied corn gluten to keep out weeds. I do have some areas that have had a harder time spreading, I was wondering how to propagate this grass to plant more plugs in barer areas?
In Love with Dog Tuff
I don't know what happened with the person who wrote a negative review on this African Dog Grass but I am in love with this stuff! (Honestly, I think they must have not watered it enough. Anything needs consistent water to get established.). Every year I extend the area where I have it planted. It is even more beautiful and lush the second or third year. Feels like moss. Wonderful to step on barefoot. The color is so vibrant! And it really does crowd out any weeds, unlike my other lawns of buffalo grass and blue gramma. I am making my own plugs now to save $. Labor intensive but worth it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Wonderful African grass lawn
from Tracy Calif
Love the lawn...It needs little mowing and is dog friendly and seems to crowd out most weeds. It takes a while to take hold so be patient .
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Santa Rosa, CA
Followed the instructions and killed what was left of the existing grass, about 1200 sq ft. Used an auger type hand drill and placed plugs in the dead lawn area with no other prep. The soil is hard clay and rocky. Planted about April 1st and the lawn spread and completely filled in by end of July. It did not go dormant until January 1st and started getting green about March 15th and is now very green April 1st. This stuff is AWESOME, low water, low maintenance. Once it starts growing taller in the Summer, be careful to not mow too low so you won't scalp it and leave burn marks. Low water, thick, lush & green even with two dogs & kids playing soccer & badminton on it. Highly recommended for Northern CA!
I'd Buy This Again!
By Ligon Garden
from Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Tx. We bought three of the Dog Tough flats for just 125 sq ft, and planted the plugs a year ago last fall, according to instructions. Maybe a little more closely together than needed. We (wayyyy) overseeded with winter rye aft planting DT. In early May, thinking it really hadn't taken off, we cut down the winter rye, raking off as much as possible before the first of a couple of big Spring rains. (Yes, the runner habit does cause it to get caught in the rake, but we read, and, were told it had a runner habit.) We were really surprised when, by the end of June it had almost complely filled in!We feel pretty sure the part of the interior courtyard where it's planted that gets less winter sun, will likely fill in completely this summer.We'll probably be buying another flat for a small front sidewalk strip.
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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
from Littleton, Colorado
I replaced 3000 sq ft based on reviews and description. I removed old lawn, rototilled and amended clay soil for best prep. The plugs spread as described, lawn has mostly filled in. The runners are rangy and unattractive. They rip out into the tines when raking. The grass browned out by early august, even though I was watering daily so the plugs would spread. The initial lime-green color was nice enough. But the brown is not due to winter dormancy, and it is grim. I assume the lawn will green up in the spring, but will look awful by mid-summer. The whole point was to reduce water consumption and still have a lawn. A VERY expensive mistake. Will probably overseed.
Merchant response: Good day Cassandra,We are so sorry to hear of your experience! This is certainly not what we promise. We agree that this was not winter dormancy as this grass should be fully green during the summer months. We are not quite sure what may have been the cause but please know that we are truly committed to your success and would never want you to pay for something you never got a chance to truly enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. A representative will be reaching out to you via email shortly to discuss your options to ensure you get the results you paid for! Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday-Friday 9-5PM MTHappy Gardening!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Sonoma California
"Dog tuff" grass came through in the No Mans Land of my lawn edges. Dry, hard ,drought flattened ,Dog beaten, ex- meadow has come back to life! It took a year and the return of winter rain to Norrhern California before it took. Just be patient, avoid the area for awhile and let it grow. Getting more for anotherArea
This Dog Tuff Grass is easy to plant and my dogs love it!
from Santa Rosa, California
This grass is great especially in California where we are in a severe drought. To only water this grass 3 times all summer is a blessing as otherwise we would not be able to have grass that needs water 3-4,times,a week.
from Rowlett tx.
I planted the grass in my yard in Dallas. Area. Just a little bit for a few days s came up.. I did exactly as they told me too. They said it was sleep and will come up later. Well it must of went into a coma because it never did wake up. I tried it twice in two different spots I had three carts of the stuff and it never did grow , cost me a lot.It just does not grow here no matter what they say.
Merchant response: Good Morning Toni,We apologize that your Dog Tuff grass plugs failed to produce any healthy growth! We are not sure what the cause may have been, but please know that we would never want you to pay for something that you did not get a chance to enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to one year from the day the item shipped. We encourage you to give us a call and one of our friendly & knowledgeable representatives would be more than happy to work with you to get the results you paid for! Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 800.925.9387; we are available Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm EST and also on Saturday 9am to 5pm. Happy Gardening!
Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff Grass Plugs
from Salt Lake City, UT
About Me Professional Landscaper
We planted late (worried it was too late) in the season, the plugs dried out more than I'd have liked, and the homeowners couldn't keep the female dog off of the area over our heavy-snow winter and so it turned into a big icey pee patch. I thought all was surely lost and we'd have to start again but it survived and thrived despite the mistreatment. It's never been mowed or fertilized (we did start with very good soil) and now gets watered once a week (20min with regular pop-up sprinklers). Full sun. We chose a contained area between hardscape elements to keep spread from getting out of control. Very strong, soft and pretty. Thickness keeps the weeds down. We are very happy with it.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
By Green thumb gardener
from Pueblo, Co.
We live in Pueblo, Co. and we planted two trays of 70 DogTuff plugs in a 300 sq. ft. area at the beginning of July '16. Today it has pretty much covered the whole area even though the instructions really called for more plugs. We cut it with the mower (push) a few days ago. It's a beautiful little lawn. We recently bought our house and of course the former owners didn't do anything with the yard, so we went from a back yard of dirt/weeds to grass in less than 2 months. We only added some compost to the soil. Couldn't be more happy!
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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Did grow nuch
from Dallas tax suburb
I planted 140 plants, very few made it the first year . The second year it is barely alive. I live in Dallas area, watered like they said. Maybe to hot here. There is maybe a few green spots. Not as they said. Maybe people who had success lives in cooler climate. Did all as instructed. Never did much from the start . Wouldn't recommend in this type of climate .
Merchant response: Good Day Toni,We are so sad to hear of your results from planting the Dog tuff grass plugs. We are not sure what may have been the cause of this not to thrive but please know that we are truly committed to your success. We fully guarantee all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. We have reached out to you via email to discuss your options and work with you to figure out what may have been the cause for this to fail. Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm MTHappy Gardening!
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
from Los Alamos, NM
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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Plugs all planted
6 weeks later!
(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
worth every penny
By Gwen the lazy gardener
from Colorado Grand Valley
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.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Definitely dog tuff
from Cedar City, UT
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.
Love it! Can't wait to buy more!
from Denver, Colorado
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. : )
Survives drought and dogs
By Mrs. Monty
from SW Utah
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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One year's growth
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Albuquerque NM
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.
Merchant response: Good Day Zandijean,We are so disappointed to hear that the Dog tuff did not meet your expectations! This grass can grow a little taller if given more water after established. This grass can also take a little bit of time to come out of dormancy in the spring. Please know that we would never want you to pay for something you never got a chance to enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped! We have reached out to you via email to discuss your options so you can get exactly what you paid for! Should you require any further assistance, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm MTHappy Gardening!
Dog Tuff Really Is Dog Tough!
from Sal5 Lake City, UT
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.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Grass is just as advertised
By Lyn the nature lover
from Castle Pines, CO
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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