Habiturf™ Native Lawn Mix

Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Habiturf simulates shortgrass prairies. Habiturf provides all the visual beauty of a uniform lawn with the drought-tolerance and low maintenance of native Texas grasses. Heartiness is achieved through the use of multiple species, but the uniformity of the leaves and color make for a lush, beautiful lawn.

Habiturf has been observed to outperform Bermudagrass in terms of establishment rates, turf thickness, mowing rates, and weed resistance. We recommend not mowing at all, but if you want to mow it should be mowed every 3 to 5 weeks (when growing) at a height of 4 inches. This mix requires less water than traditional lawn grasses, reasonable resistance to foot traffic, and little to no herbicide application or fertilization.

Habiturf cam be planted in two times of the year. In the spring, after the last frost; and in the fall, two months before the first frost. Depending on where you live and when the frost comes and goes will determine the best planting time. Feel free to contact us on advice for the best planting time for your area.

We do not recommend planting once the temperatures have begun to drop below 65 at night.

A portion of all Habiturf sales will be donated to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

 

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Description

Developed in conjunction with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Habiturf simulates native shortgrass prairies. Yet, Habiturf provides all the visual beauty of a uniform lawn stand with the drought-tolerance and low maintenance of native Texas grasses. Heartiness is achieved through the use of multiple species, but the uniformity of the leaves and color make for a lush, beautiful lawn. 

Habiturf has been observed to outperform Bermudagrass in terms of establishment rates, turf thickness, mowing rates, and weed resistance. Established stands should be mowed every 3 to 5 weeks (when growing) at a height of 3 to 4 inches. This mix requires less water than traditional lawn grasses, has reasonable resistance to foot traffic, and requires little to no herbicide application or fertilization. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Habiturf does best when planted during two times of the year: in spring after the last frost; and in the fall, two months before the first frost. Depending on where you live and when the frost comes and goes will determine the best planting time. Feel free to contact us on advice for the best planting time for your area

Habiturf is a blend of buffalograss, blue grama, and curly mesquite. Each of these grasses is a native, warm season perennial that forms a turf.   Mature height in the blend is less than 1’ when not mowed.  Habiturf is the premier native lawn blend for Texas.  Best performance is in full sun on well-drained soils. 

When to plant: Habiturf does best when planted in two times of the year.

  1. In the spring, after the last frost (Typically April & May)
  2. In the fall, two months before the first frost (Typically Late August, September, & early October)
  3. Depending on where you live and when the frost comes and goes will determine the best planting time.

Planting Rate: Plant at a rate of 5 lbs./1000 sq. ft.

  • A 2 lb. bag should cover about 500 square feet. (Or a 50′ by 10′ area.)
  • A 5lb. bag should cover about 1,000 square feet. (Or a 50′ by 20′ area.)
  • A 10 lb. bag should cover about 2,000 square feet. (Or a 50′ by 40′ area.)

Plant in early spring at a rate of 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Cultivate soil to at least 8 inches, then incorporate .5 inches of living compost with low nitrogen and low phosphorus into the top 3 inches. Sow seed, rake and press. Irrigate each day for the first 10 days, then twice weekly for the next 2 months, then twice monthly.

How to Plant: Cultivate soil to at least 8 inches, then incorporate .5 inches of living compost with low nitrogen and low phosphorus into the top 3 inches. Sow seed, rake and press. Irrigate each day for the first 10 days, then twice weekly for the next 2 months, then twice monthly.

Light requirements: Habiturf needs at least 6-8 hours full sun. It does not grow well in shade.

Soil: Prefers well-drained clay and clay loam soils

Height: Habiturf will grow to about 6 inches if left alone – which is recommended for best look. If you want to mow it, mow at the highest setting 1-2 times per month during the growing season (March – September). The higher you leave the grass, the more drought tolerant it will be and will require less watering.

Components: Buffalograss (62%), Blue Grama (30%), Curly Mesquite (8%)

Region: Southwestern United States

For more information: Habiturf: The Ecological Lawn by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Create a Native Habiturf Lawn by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Additional information

Weight

1 lb., 2 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb., 25 lb.

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

<1'

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