Mark Simmons from Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center at The University of Texas is interviewed about Habiturf on Central Texas Gardener.
Developed by the Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center, Habiturf is a blend of primarily three Texas native grasses– buffalo grass, blue gramma and curly mesquite. The biggest key to success is site preparation to get plant establishment, Mark said. The blend works because of ecological reasons, he explained, native grasslands literally have hundreds of species, mono species lawns are not natural. So, using multiple native grasses is a way to outcompete weeds using ecological concepts. The plants also provide butterfly habitat. Regimented, clipped lawns do not. You can mow Habiturf a few times/year. Water needs are low, the grasses will go drought dormant, or the lawn can be irrigated at low rates such as ½”/week, or once every two or three weeks at a higher rate. Once the lawn is established, fertilizer isn’t required. If you like to mow more frequently, a fall or spring application would be o.k.
Link to Habiturf installation: (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE35aWuNgUw