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Buffalograss has been around for millions of years in North America, ranging from eastern Arizona to northern Mexico and through the Great Plains States.
Because of its extreme drought tolerance, turf researchers turned to Buffalograss in the 1980’s. While there first generation selections were touted as “saviors of our environment,” they proved to be weak in both density and color. Plantings of theses varieties performed even worse in California’s Mediterranean climate, with very poor germination, establishment and dormancy periods of up to six months. Such experiences gave Buffalograss a bad rap in the landscape industry for a while, but these grasses were the forerunners of varieties that would be much better.
In late 2003, ‘UC Verde’® Buffalograss was introduced by the University of California, bred specifically for most of California and the low desert valleys, including Tucson in Arizona. This cultivar was the result of years of research at UC Davis and UC Riverside
Sustainable Features Include:
UC Verde® is the ONLY buffalograss that was bred in California for California’s unique climate, making it an ideal and sustainable lawn substitute.
UC Verde® requires as little as a fourth of the amount of water as do traditional turf grasses, leading to a savings of as much as 75%of the volume of water that is applied to other types of turf. UC Verde® Buffalograss is eligible for water rebates in many cities; check with your local city officials or water board to see if you qualify.
UC Verde® is an excellent turf grass choice for pollen-reduced landscapes. This vegetative selection is a female sterile plant, does not produce seed, and is nearly pollen-free as compared with other turf grasses. The American Lung Association recommends plants which have pollen rating of 6.0 or less; using the OPALS/TM scale UC Verde® is rated just over 1.0.
UC Verde® has a slow vertical growth habit, peaking at 4″ to 6″ tall. There is no set mowing schedule for this cultivar, and it is highly adaptable in terms of achieving the desired look. For a manicured turf, mow once every two to three weeks; for a more natural, meadow-type look, mow much less. It is recommended that the lawn or meadow be mowed at least once per year to maintain vigor.
Native buffalograss from the North American plains is extremely tough, and these attributes are very much present in UC Verde® resulting in little or no chemical needs. Traditional bluegrass and fescue lawns require significant applications of chemical insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides for the control of insects, disease, and weeds. In addition to very strong disease and insect resistance, UC Verde® Buffalograss was bred to be dense in habit, making it difficult for weeds to become established.