buffalo grass
Photo: Roger Foley
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Zone 5: Buffalo Grass (Buchloe dactyloides)

Traits: This American native needs little water and almost no fertilizer. Too much of either encourages weeds.

When to plant: April and May

Newest varieties: 'Bowie,' 'Density,' and 'Texoka' have the best turf.

Alternatives: Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue
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