5 Reasons Why Buffelgrass is so Bad for the Desert Environment

Buffelgrass photo from http://www.buffelgrass.org/

Buffelgrass photo from http://www.buffelgrass.org/

Have you ever head of Buffelgrass?  If you live in Arizona, cialis sales  there’s a good chance that you know about it.  The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center says “Buffelgrass is an extremely hazardous noxious weed, sildenafil both to native plants and human health. Buffelgrass out competes native flora for resources and is highly flammable, which makes it a threat in urban settings as well as the native desert.”

If you’ve ever tried to get rid of it, you know that it’s one of the hardest plants to kill and remove.  You have to cut it down.  Chemically spray it. Often, cut it down again.  And, spray it again before you can dig it out.  Digging it out is no fun either.

Now that you know a little about buffelgrass, here are the five reasons why it’s so bad for our desert environment:

  1. It spreads quickly and dominates an area crowding out native plants.
  2. It’s a fire hazard.  It burns fast and hot.
  3. It can be very hard to kill and remove.  It is costly and time consuming.
  4. It seeds spread by wind disbursement and it establishes itself quickly in areas that have been damaged by fires.
  5. It is a threat to saguaros, desert tortoise, and mule deer habitats.

The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center has created a Buffelgrass Identification Pocket Guide that provides useful information about identifying and removing buffelgrass.

If you’d like to get involved in the control of buffelgrass in our community there is an upcoming Beat Back Buffelgrass day on Saturday, January 25th.

Buffelgrass - Tucson Landscaper

 

Keep your property clear of buffelgrass to prevent fires and to help maintain our desert environment.  Contact us if you have questions or would like more information about buffelgrass.

Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Sonoran Oasis Landscaping


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23 Comments

  1. I have only seen this from a far… i do not think we have this in NY.. But now I know what it is!

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  2. Very interesting to know… Hopefully, this does not spread throughout the country. Fires have been worse every year.

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  3. One needs to know very well about what landscape specification works better for our Arizona desert areas. It makes the difference between saving money and water instead just go for the luxury looks!

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  4. I’ve never heard of buffelgrass, but it sounds like bad news.

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  5. I have not seen this. I know there are many grasses or plants that are not good for certain areas.

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  6. definitely not something to worry about up here in Montreal QC, but It is good to know (I didn’t know any of this)…

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  7. plant flora is not my strength but i love learning about it!

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    • Great to hear Jessica! I love learning about other things too.

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  8. I have never heard of this grass. Good thing you’re sharing this to bring awareness.

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  9. I don’t think we have to worry about this here. Sounds like bamboo except the easily burning.

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    • Yes, it’s very invasive.

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  10. It is amazing the plants you share with us. This one sounds like danger danger danger!

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    • It’s a real problem in Arizona Jim.

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  11. How did it get here Deborah? I didn’t think it was a native grass. All of these things that seem to be taking over and states and counties say they don’t have enough money to deal with it now. It’e only going to get worse and more costly.

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  12. I never heard of buffelgrass
    It sounds like its not native to AZ…. Where did it come from ?

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    • Buffelgrass is originally from Africa and India. It was brought here to help with erosion problems. But, then it started crowding out and overtaking native plants.

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  13. I have never heard of buffelgrass before! It is crazy that something like that could do so much damage.

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  14. You learn something new everyday! Thanks for the education on buffelgrass!

    Yvonne Brown

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  15. I have never heard of buffelgrass, but I know how destructive exotic species can be to the native environment. We have the same problem in California.

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  16. I never heard of Buffelgrass until reading this post. That sounds like a very dangerous grass though:) Thanks for sharing about yet another type of plant I never heard of!

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  17. The last thing needed in the desert is readily available kindling! Thanks for the info.

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  18. considering that every lawn that I have ever owned eventually turns back into desert, I should feel better about myself…

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  19. I’ve never heard of it before but I can see why it’s so important to deal with it effectively. Thanks for the info

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