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1.  How much sunlight does Turffalo brand grass require?

2.  What type of grass is Tech Turf and Shadow Turf and what is the difference between them?

3.  If I install Turffalo brand plugs in my existing lawn, will they take over the grass that is there now?

4.  How do I kill out my existing lawn to plant Turffalo brand plugs?

5.  How durable is a Turffalo brand lawn, especially with children and pets?

6.  Do I have to use a special kind of lawn mower on Turffalo brand grass?

7.  If my neighbors' lawns have different kinds of grass, what will happen at the border where their grass meets my Turffalo lawn?

8.  Does Turffalo brand grass go dormant in the winter?

9.  Will a harsh winter or drought kill Turffalo brand grass?

10.  Will Turffalo brand grass grow in my region?

1. Q: How much sunlight does Turffalo brand grass require?

A:  We have two different types of grass that are suited for different amounts of shade.  Tech Turf is our water conserving grass that likes full sun, but will work in as little as 50% sunlight.  Shadow Turf is our newest grass that will work in full shade, transition areas or in full sun.

2. Q: What type of grass is Tech Turf and Shadow Turf and what is the difference between them?

A:  Tech Turf is a hybrid developed from buffalograss that is MUCH more dense than buffalograss, so it keeps out weeds and other grasses far better. It is also a true green color, unlike buffalograss and establishes much faster. Tech Turf is a true turfgrass, instead of a prairie grass, but is still considered a native plant.
Shadow Turf is a hybrid developed from Manila grass (which is in the Zoysia family) and is much more drought and cold tolerant than other shade grasses. It also grows in heavy shade where very few other grasses will thrive. The major differences between Tech Turf and Shadow Turf are their adaptation to shade and their water usage. Both are beautiful, hearty grasses designed to blend together and provide a high quality lawn.

3.  Q: If I install Turffalo brand plugs in my existing lawn, will they take over the grass that is there now?

A:  Any grass there now is already established and needs to be eradicated prior to installing Turffalo brand plugs.  This helps insure a consistent, high-quality turf that provides the full benefits of our turfgrass.

4. Q: How do I kill out my existing lawn to plant Turffalo brand plugs?

A:   If your area to plant has any existing grass or weeds, these must be eradicated prior to planting. Many grasses may be removed with a single dose of glyphosate (Roundup) or 20% vinegar. For the quick and complete removal of Bermuda or other hard-to-kill grasses, we've only found one consistently reliable method: Let the Bermuda grow up to a height of 3" and treat with glyphosate, then wait 4 days and mow the grass very short and immediately treat again with glyphosate. This will kill Bermuda all the way down through the roots and rhizomes so it does not come back later. Wait about a week before tilling the area and installing plugs. After establishment, any invading Bermuda may be killed with Fusilade, which will only brown the Tech Turf without killing it.

5. Q: How durable is a Turffalo brand lawn, especially with children and pets?

A:  Turffalo brand lawns are extremely durable.  They show little wear even with heavy traffic.  Being soft and lush, they are a joy for both children and pets and are equally or more durable than any other grasses.

6. Q: Do I have to use a special kind of lawn mower on Turffalo brand grass?

A:  Any type of lawn mower will work well on a Turffalo lawn.

7. Q: If my neighbors' lawns have different kinds of grass, what will happen at the border where their grass meets my Turffalo lawn?

A:  Turffalo brand grass will hold its own against other grasses once it is established.  Since it is as dense as any other grass, it holds its own very well against grasses and weeds.

8. Q: Does Turffalo brand grass go dormant in the winter?

A:  Yes, Turffalo brand grass goes into dormancy during the winter months and turns an attractive golden straw color.

9. Q: Will a harsh winter or drought kill Turffalo brand grass?

A:  Turffalo brand grass is extremely hearty and has proven itself in some of the harshest winters and droughts in the U.S.  Below are pictures taken of our Tech Turf test plots in February 2006 located in West Texas.  The grass is obviously dormant due to a record-breaking 100 day drought and nighttime lows throughout the winter that dropped down as low as 2º F.  Despite these extremely harsh conditions, what is amazing is that by spreading the grass to get a good look, there is still green to be found.  What is even more amazing is that these plots were planted in the summer of 2005, so their root systems are not even fully established.

10. Q: Will Turffalo brand grass grow in my region?

A:  Turffalo grasses are ideally suited for the Southwest.

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