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Rangeland, Field, Native

Rangeland, Fields and Native Turf

This is a different kind of Colorado lawn in need of customized care.

In addition to traditional lawn care where we create greener backyards and healthy front lawns, Swingle also has extensive experience maintaining rangeland, fields and native turf in Colorado. Our professional lawn care team can help establish your native grass lawn or maintain an existing one.

Native Grasses are One Option for a Natural Colorado Landscape. Colorado native grasses are gaining interest for use in lawns that see modest foot traffic and little play. These grasses are also for areas where less maintenance is desired.

Fully established, these grasses use 50 to 75 percent less water than Colorado’s most popular turf: Kentucky bluegrass. For lawns that experience high use, bluegrass is best. However, for lesser-used areas, alternatives may be appropriate.


When most people think of a water-stingy turf, buffalograss is the first that comes to mind. Older buffalo varieties did not form a dense turf and hence were often fraught with weeds. Newer varieties form denser grass stands and benefit from periodic watering and fertilization. Buffalo prefers a clay soil and is hardy to 6,500 feet in elevation. Buffalo begins to green in late April and goes dormant with the first hard frost. Without irrigation, this grass will turn brown in the summer.

Blue Grama

As the name says, this is a soft blue grass that forms an interesting seed head that looks like a little eyebrow. Along with buffalograss, grama is the other native grass that dominates Colorado’s shortgrass prairie. While buffalo predominates in clay soil, grama prefers sandy soils. Blue grama is hardy up to 7,000 feet. Grama will survive without water but only knits into a turf with two to four inches of water per month.

Whether you are looking for the best Colorado grass seed to use in your lawn or have an acreage of rangeland to maintain, you can be assured of getting the best experience, knowledge, and quality services available by contacting Swingle.


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