Where To Buy Turffalo Grass
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Was surprised to find the "turffalo.com" domain parked at GoDaddy when I tried to order plugs last weekend. "Turffalo" was the hybrid buffalo grass that evolved out of the "Tech Turf" work at Texas Tech; the "Shadow Turf" zoysia cultivar was also their product for shade. They were still operating last fall, but I decided to finish some hardscaping and delay planting 'til spring :-(
I found this LINK while doing a general search for turffalo. Perhaps they just haven't updated their website, but they have a page listing both varieties. Give them a call to find out if they still have it.
Seems unlikely, but perhaps there was only one grower for Turffalo. The link I sent was to a company in southeast Texas. Most grass in Texas is farmed in that area, and the rainy weather last year may have done in this crop. The HOUSTON/GALVESTON area had 70 inches last year compared to 54 as a normal. The previous 3 years had an average of 41.6 inches. Here is another LINK I found with other BG varieties. Good luck.
The few other suppliers listing Turffalo all pointed me back to the now nonexistent Turffalo company/site. Frontier Hybrids (original cultivator) has not given up yet, but is uncertain for now that it will ever be back on the market. Looks like the other buffalo grass option most commonly sold around here (DFW) for all-female (no tall flowers) turf is 609 sod... but that's not ready yet either :(
Finally tracked down the OSU buffalo grass cultivar overview used when we first started planning to convert some lawn space and was able to refresh on our backup options for female lines. '609' and 'Density' could be obtained locally as sod (once they start cutting again), but decided to go with 'Prestige' plugs which are available now from several sources - so only delayed a week by the Turffalo fail. Hope to be tilling the green manure on the other side of the next rains.
So my two cents. I started out using a tray of Turffalo plugs in my yard in 2014 to fill in an area which was getting a lot more intense Albuquerque sun and heat than my fescue could handle. It did fill in, and I was impressed by how soft and water thrifty the Turffalo was. My disappointment was that I thought it was just a female plug variety. I didn't know they were using male plants (with their flower stalks) as well.In 2015 I decided to rip my yard out completely and replace it with buffalo grass. Since my Turffalo was already in, I figured the cheapest way to establish the yard was use buffalo grass seed. I called Curtis & Curtis Seed Co. out of Clovis NM, and they recommended a new breed recently released by the University of Nebraska called "Sundancer". I ordered a pound, and spread it in the yard. I have to tell you this stuff is even better than Turffalo. It has a darker green than Turffalo, it woke up sooner from winter dormancy than Turffalo, and it seems the length between nodes on the stolons are significantly shorter, therefore filling in thicker. I'd say almost as well as bermuda.Anyway all this to say if you're considering Turffalo, I'd say save your $$$ and buy Sundancer buffalo seed and use that to establish the yard instead. You'd get better results.
Our situation is we already have half a yard filled in with Turffalo and we don't want to start over, but fill in more of the yard. My wife thought we could try making our own plugs from our existing grass. I think it would work, but wonder if anyone else has tried it Is there a "plugging tool" or should we just use a trowel
Have used a hand bulb planter to transplant plugs of St Augustine. Inexpensive, but soil moisture has to be just right for it to work well on clay. I just use a sharpshooter when it's too dry (hard) for hand-tools. Not bad for a small area (or a big area a little at a time), but would probably spend the money on a foot assisted turf plugger if doing a lot at once. Agree it should also work with buffalograss.
Sorry you got caught on Turffalo with half a lawn left to change out. As