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Water Saving Native Texas Grass

Isn’t it baffling that we waste over 50% of our water usage on our lawns? When I think of that number it truly makes me sick. We all grew up to love our water-loving St. Augustine, and yes, if you have a highly shaded turf, by all means, stick with your Augustine. If your lawn sees at least 6-8 hours of sun, then you should think about having that thirsty grass removed sustainably, then properly preparing the soil to seed out with a native Texas grass mix.

Buffalograss vs. Bermudagrass. The native mix (LEFT) grows much slower and has fewer weeds than bermudagrass (RIGHT) www.wildflower.org

Buffalograss vs. Bermudagrass. The native mix (LEFT) grows much slower and has fewer weeds than bermudagrass (RIGHT) www.wildflower.org

The mix we provide includes:

Buffalo Grass (Bouteloua dactyloides)

buffalo grass - www.cas.vanderbilt.edu

buffalo grass – www.cas.vanderbilt.edu

native texas grass

buffalo grass – www.wildflower.org



Buffalograss is a soft, gray-green or blue-green, turf grass which grows 3-12″ when allowed to grow naturally and spreads by rhizomes. This Texas native is a warm-season, sod-forming grass that has curly leaf blades, slender stems, and compact seed heads.


Blue Grama
(Bouteloua gracilis)

native texas grass

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) – commons.wikimedia.org

native texas grass

blue grama – http://spuds.agron.ksu.edu/ksgrasskey/images/Boutelouagracilis.html


Blue Grama is fine-leaved and produces blue-green seedheads which are suspended horizontally. One quality that makes this grass great for our region is it grows in bunches, is a perennial, and is drought-resistant.

Hairy Grama (Bouteloua hirsuta)

native texas grass

hairy grama – http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/plant/hairy-grama/#images

 

native texas grass

hairy grama – http://www.bamertseed.com/hairy-grama/

Hairy grama is a native, warm-season, perennial grass. The height is between 10 -20″. The leaf blade is flat or slightly rolled; narrow; mostly basal; margins hairy. The leaf sheath is rounded; smooth; shorter than internodes. The seedhead is 1 to 4 spikes, purplish before maturity, about 1 inch long; rachis extends beyond spikelets.

During exceptionally dry years, produces little forage but withstands drought well. It reproduces from auxiliary buds at basal nodes, from short stolons in some localities, and from seed.

Curly Mesquite (Hilaria berlangeri)

native texas grass

curly mesquite – http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=22790

native texas grass

curly mesquite – http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=28059

As the name states, it’s leaves curl up when it starts to fall into dormancy.Curly Mesquite Grass plays a significant role in the mix because it is less drought tolerant than Blue Grama, more drought tolerant than Buffalograss. It will grow in well-drained clay loam, where it colonizes densely by stolons. Curly mesquite grows ranging from 1-12″.

 

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