University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers hope to find homeowner favor with some new varieties of buffalo grass.
Buffalo grass is more gray-green than green in color and is browner longer than more popular residential grass types, such as bluegrass and fescue.
UNL turf expert Bob Shearman says 13 new varieties of buffalo grass have been developed, including some that may be released next year. There are nine varieties available now.
Buffalo grass is native to the Great Plains.
Experts say it demands far less water and fertilizer than other grasses. Shearman says buffalo grass can grow on an inch of water a month, compared with the 4 to 6 inches needed by bluegrass and fescue.