En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - September 14, 2012

From: Surfside Beach, SC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Planting, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Planting buffalograss from Surfside Beach SC
Answered by: Barbara Medford


How do I plant buffalograss along a lake? Do I just spread the seeds?


We will be happy to give you planting instructions for Bouteloua dactyloides (Buffalograss). Follow that plant link to our webpage on buffalograss, and then go to our How-To Article on Native Lawns: Buffalograss. You did not say if you had sun or shade, an existing turf or what your soils are, but we can assure you that instructions for planting it do NOT include sprinkling seeds. That was the bad news.

Now, the worse news. As you will see from this USDA Plant Profile Map, Buffalograss is not native to South Carolina. In fact, the nearest it is found growing to South Carolina is one county each in Virginia and Georgia.

If you read our webpage (linked above) on this grass, you will find this statement:

"Soil Description: Well-drained loam, clay, caliche, or limestone. Does not like sand."

We could not discover your soil type, but we feel in a town named Surfside Beach, there is probably some sand in the soil. In fact, Horry County is directly on the Atlantic Ocean  coast.

There is nothing to stop you from trying, but as you can see from the information we have given you, it is not particularly easy to establish, and we would hate for you to waste resources attempting to do so.


From the Image Gallery

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

More Planting Questions

Late-blooming flowers for Northeast PA
May 12, 2007 - We have a weekend house in Northeast PA...Poconos. Pretty rocky terrain....when can we plant wildflowers? Is it too late to plant in late May? If so, when is best? What variety do you recommend fo...
view the full question and answer

Kinnikinnick for a green roof
July 04, 2012 - Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I live just north of Seattle and want to build a green roof (outdoor kitchen) I'm concerned about the weight of the soil (saturated), drainage etc. am building from scratch and...
view the full question and answer

Transplant shock in Texas Star hibiscus
July 31, 2008 - Why is my Texas star plant wilting and now is starting to turn yellow? I just bought it from a nursery and put it in a new pot.
view the full question and answer

Permit to transport trees in Ivanhoe TX
December 02, 2010 - Do you have to have a special permit to transport trees on a semi truck and trailer in Texas? They are Texas grown trees, just going to a different location inside the state.
view the full question and answer

Gardening book for beginner gardener
December 06, 2008 - What is a good gardening book for a beginner gardener who lives in Round Rock. Would like info for both vegetables and plants for landscaping. Thanks.
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center