Bison Buffalograss was released in 1990 by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA-ARS. Bison has many advantages and applications for where a native, non-invasive sod-forming grass is desired. Bison is low-maintenance grass that gives you rugged performance
- Drought tolerant
- Cold tolerant
- Widely adaptive
- Disease resistant
- Easily established from seed
- Pasture and range
- Soil stabilization
- Prairie restoration
- Highway right-of-ways
- Commercial sites
For Pasture and Range
Bison buffalograss is an excellent short grass for pasture and range. Bison's prostrate growth habit and dense sod allow it to withstand heavy grazing. Research data has indicated Bison equals or exceeds Texoka in forage yield and quality, as measured by in vitro dry matter, crude protein, and acid and neutral detergent fibers.
Bison buffalograss can provide effective erosion control for highway right-of-ways, waterways, etc. Bison can reduce highway maintenance costs as compared to other sod-forming grasses by decreasing or eliminating mowing.
Prairie Restoration & Native Landscaping
Bison is an excellent choice for the interseeding of wildflowers and other natives. Bison does not have the shoot density of the newer varieties such as Cody and Bowie and therefore makes a great complementary grass to wildflowers and other native grasses like Blue Grama, Sideoats Grama, and Little Bluestem.
Bison is an attractive and environmentally sensitive lawn grass requiring less fertilizing, watering, and mowing than other turfgrass. Bison has one of the highest ratings for genetically green color. Bison can maintain its turf with only 1 to 2 lbs of nitrogen per square foot per season. Mowing frequency can be reduced to only once or twice in some cases not at all depending on the height of the lawn desired. Bison will generally require half the water that other turfgrasses use once established.
Prepare a firm, weed-free seed bed on a well-drained site.
Test soil before planting; fertilize and lime as recommended by your local County Extension Office.
Plant when the soil temperature reaches 60ºF in the spring.
Plant seeds 1/4" to 1/2" deep by broadcasting or drilling. Firm the soil by rolling and watering.
If irrigation is available, keep soil moist to ensure germination and seeding establishment.
Once seedlings have emerged, less watering is needed.
Pasture and range
| 6 to 8 lbs PLS per acre
| Soil Stabilization
|| 10 to 20 lbs PLS per acre
| Commercial Sites
|| 2 to 3 lbs per 1000 sq ft