UC Verde FAQ at Norcal


We’re back from the Norcal Show and lots of landscapers had the chance to see UC Verde Buffalograss up close and personal! We heard some stories of happy customers and I got to meet some current customers :)

Here are some of the most asked questions:

  • This looks like it has runners like Bermuda, is this invasive too?
    • Answer: UC Verde is not invasive like Bermuda. It does spread by sending out runners, but unlike Bermuda, they stay above ground. You can see exactly where UC Verde is going. There will be no surprises shooting up from underground!
  • Is this like those other drought grasses that get really tall and then flop over?
    • UC Verde grows to a maximum height of 6″, which gives you the option to not mow! If you want to maintain a manicured look you can get away will mowing only every 3-4 weeks. We do recommend at least once a year mowing in winter to remove the old growth.
  • Does this go dormant?
    • UC Verde will go dormant in winter, but it goes into dormancy later than other warm season grasses and comes out sooner – around late November, early December and comes out in mid to late February. During this time you can stop watering it; apply a grass colorant once during the winter to keep it looking green until the new growth returns to green.
  • Can I buy it in seed or sod?
    • Because UC Verde produces very few seed heads and if there are some they will be sterile female seed heads – seed propagation is not an option. It’s root system also goes down very deep which will not allow for it to be produced in sod form.
  • Is it meant for foot traffic?
    • Yes, it’s meant for regular foot traffic, so feel free to treat it like a regular lawn – kids and pets and all

If you have any questions you want to ask, feel free chat us up at our new Facebook group or shoot us an email at info@ucverdebuffalograss.com!


Want to get in the know with other UC Verde homeowners? Then come and join us at the new UC Verde Facebook Group! It’s a place where you can chat with others to get first hand insight on UC Verde. Ask questions, give advice, post pictures – come and join us, we hope to see you there!

Happy New Year!!!

TAKAO-MCALL-002aIt’s almost time for the New Year! I fully intend to stay home with Darren and our girls and just R E L A X. I think we’ll have pizza from our favorite local pick up and watch all the excitement on tv from the comfort of our pajamas :)

The end of 2014 is also a reminder to prune your UC Verde lawn down to 1-2″ now that it is in dormancy. Then you can just sit back and wait for spring to roll around and that familiar green to return!

From our family to yours, our best wishes for happiness, health and prosperity in the New Year!

Yay! Another update from an installer…We love updates! :)

“This is an installation in north OC, California…any of you could do the job in a few days, provided you prep your soil well. The jobsite had existing marathon sod which was removed, but underlying soil was heavy clay. I wanted to breakdown the clay and also fortify the soil and opted for Seaweed Extract and it worked beyond my expectations. Coverage of UC Verde was incredibly fast, which I must attribute to the Seaweed Extract, but perhaps Takao Nursery can put in their two cents. Photos are after the first week, after 4 weeks, and after 7 weeks. Never saw faster coverage using 12″ on center pattern. Also the Seaweed extract keeps the critters away (in case any of you have rabbits out there). Also used Orhomax Nutsedge killer to spot treat sprouting nutsedge. Worked better than Sedgehammer IMO and didn’t harm the UC Verde plugs at all.”

After Week 1:

IMG_0250After Week 4:
IMG_0303After Week 7:

Every now and then we get questions about organic ways of getting rid of your weeds. We told you about ways to remove your existing lawn without using chemicals with sheet composting and soil solarization, and now we can share our mini trial with some organic weed killers!

In our comparison we trialed a couple organic herbicides, Biosafe Weed Control and Avenger Weed Killer, both were purchased online at Amazon, but you can also try your local garden center.

Both had a citrus-y sort of smell which wasn’t too bad at all! We sprayed 5 pumps of each onto UC Verde Buffalograss, and two types of weeds. Here are the results:

After just 4 hours Biosafe was already showing signs of browning on the grass and it had totally killed the weeds. At the same time, Avenger did not show any effect on UC Verde, but it did have a good effect on the weeds, although they still had a bit of green in them compared to Biosafe.

After several days ( with no additional applications), the results were even more obvious. Below is the effect on UC Verde Buffalograss from the initial spray 4 days prior.


After 4 days, both sprays yielded similar results from the initial application:

Biosafe sprayed on with a “soapy” sort of liquid that seemed to stay on the foliage longer, while Avenger had more of a milky liquid appearance.

We found both Biosafe and Avenger to be effective as an organic weed killer on all sorts of weed types, unfortunately it will also effect your UC Verde Buffalograss. But it does offer you an organic way to spot treat your weeds!


Are you looking at hardpan in your garden?

UC Verde Buffalograss is known for breaking up hard soil so water can penetrate and with more yards there is a decent chance it will do it with this. But if you’ve got really tough stuff, don’t worry! You can still go with UC Verde Buffalograss, it will just require a little extra watering since it won’t be able to go as deep as it usually does!

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Rich Rodriguez from KMPH 26 News likes UC Verde Buffalograss and so should you! :) Like us on Facebook! We were featured on the local news during the Fresno Home & Garden Show as a great drought tolerant lawn alternative! Especially right now with California in a severe drought!facebook_ucverde_like


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