Watering and Mowing Buffalograss

The frequency and quantity of supplemental watering during establishment is critical. Frequent and excessive watering promotes rooting problems and excessive weed growth. The soil needs to be moist prior to seeding and this moisture needs to be maintained for germination.

Once the seeding process is completed, water every day the first week, every other day the second week, and every third day the next week. Use of a weed free straw mulch or similar can help during establishement. Do not water to the point of runoff. Seedlings should start to germinate in 10 to 14 days. Begin reducing the frequency of watering but increase the amount per application as the seedlings develop into small plants and then to a mature sod.

Mowing early and often during establishment encourages tiller and stolon development and reduces weed competition.

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