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

Thursday - September 20, 2012

From: Edmond, OK
Region: Southwest
Topic: Invasive Plants, Non-Natives, Pests, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Weeds in Buffalograss from Edmond OK
Answered by: Barbara Medford


We have a patch of buffalograss surrounded by patio/flower garden/vegetable garden. We like B-grass, but are getting a lot of weeds despite preemergents, and some bermuda had appeared. Are there herbicides safe for use on buffalo grass? Is there a sure-fire way to identify bermuda in a buffalo grass lawn (so we can dig it out!) Thank you


Last question first: Since bermudagrass is not native to North America, we will have no information on it in our Native Plant Database. However, here is an article from The Garden Counselor on Bermuda Grass Pictures. This article also has links to several others that should help you with your commendable project.

Since we knew someone was going to ask this question, we have already prepared a How-To Article on Native Lawns: Buffalograss that pretty well covers the subject.



From the Image Gallery

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

More Invasive Plants Questions

How to tell the difference between native and European thistles
April 19, 2011 - How can I tell the difference between invasive (European) thistles and thistles that are native to Texas? And what is the best way to eradicate the invasive varieties?
view the full question and answer

Controlling switchgrass in Fredericksburg TX
June 12, 2010 - How do you kill switch grass..too much has grown on our property. Originally planted to stop erosion due to oak wilted trees lost on hill behind house, which worked,but now it is everywhere.
view the full question and answer

Native plants to go between patio stones in Oceanside CA
February 24, 2010 - Hello Mr. Smarty Plants! I live in Oceanside CA about 5 mi from the coast and have an about 20' sq private patio with "issues". Patio has with flagstones, one side all sun all day, middle area part...
view the full question and answer

How do I get rid of KR Bluestem in my yard in Harper, TX?
August 23, 2010 - I have something in my yard that has washed down from the pasture beside us. I think maybe it is KR Bluestem, how do I get rid of it? I cannot keep up with the digging of it, Help!
view the full question and answer

Will native Galium aparine be a problem in Austin garden?
March 25, 2014 - Should I be concerned that my yard is overrun with "sticky weed" (Galium aparine) in the early spring? Specifically, about five years ago I undertook converting about half my back yard into a na...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center