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I'd like to seed my yard with buffalo grass seed. The previous lawn was pulled out this past may, and I have since placed about 2 inches of compost over the area, and it is a full sun area. What are the best practices for seeding the yard and buffalograss establishment? Is this the right time? My soil is old alluvial soil...a fine loam I believe, very dark and rich in organics. ANYTHING you might know about this would be much appreciated.

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First, now is NOT the time to seed buffalograss.  You will need to wait
until next June.  Buffalograss is a warm season grass and really prefers
warm temperatures for seeding and germination.

Your soil sounds quite good and the additional compost should help by adding
organic matter and improving soil structure.  I would recommend tilling into
the native soil, if you have not done that already.  I would suggest that
you get your soil tested to determine if there are any nutrient
deficiencies.  You can get a kit and directions for doing this from your
local USU County Extension office.

Please feel free to contact me should you have further questions.

Posted on 11 Oct 2007

Kelly Kopp
Water Conservation & Turfgrass Specialist

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