Texoka Buffalograss

Texoka Buffalograss is one of the few truly native Texas turfgrasses, and perhaps the only native sod grass. It’s contributions to native history include feeding massive, roaming herds of bison and providing sod for settler dwelling. It’s soft blue color, dense establishment, and hearty drought tolerance make it an ideal turf grass choice for much of the state, including South Texas. Care should be taken to provide enough water until the plant is established and can develop drought tolerance.

Sod-forming native grass popular for use as turf due to its drought tolerance and ability to suppress weeds. This grass is readily used in both native pasture and lawn plantings.

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Description

Texoka Buffalograss is a native, warm season perennial sod grass that rarely exceeds a foot in height.  Its dense foliage and broad adaptability make is a common component of range, reclamation, and residential seed mixes throughout Texas. It can provide good to excellent forage for livestock and is a key component of short- and mid-grass prairies across the state.

Buffalograss is one of the few truly native Texas turf grasses, and perhaps the only native sod grass. It’s contributions to native history include feeding massive, roaming herds of bison and providing sod for settler dwellings. It’s soft blue color, dense establishment, and hearty drought tolerance make it an ideal turf grass choice for much of the state, including South Texas. Care should be taken to provide enough water until the plant is established and can develop drought tolerance.  Texoka can be relatively slow to establish from seed, and in range seeding settings it is best planted with a variety of other native grasses and forbs.

Turf Planting Rate: 3-4 lbs per 1,000 square feet.

  • A 5 lb. bag should cover 1,250 square feet. (Or a 25′ x 50′ area.)
  • A 10 lb. bag should cover 2,500 square feet. (Or a 50′ x 50′ area.)
  • A 25 lb. bag should cover 6,250 square feet. (Or a 125′ x 50′ area.)

Rangeland Planting Rate: Plant in early spring or early fall at a rate of 8 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at a maximum depth of 1/4 inch.

Soil: Fine, moderately fine, medium

Height: 4-10 inches

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Region: Texas-wide

For more information: Buffalograss Plant Guide from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Weight

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

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

<1'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys

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