Lawns are the carpets of our landscapes. They provide a soft surface for children and pets to play. They moderate temperatures and capture rainfall reducing runoff and erosion. That said, with growing concerns about future water supply, turf’s place in our landscape has been called into question. If you decide to keep turf in all or part of your landscape, much can be done to minimize the water needs of your lawn.
Planting native turf mixes (typically a combination of Buffalo and Blue Grama) is a great water-wise option, although you should make sure you like the look and feel. Otherwise, we can choose from a number of species that vary in their drought tolerance and light requirements. Each has its place, including Buffalo for a sunny natural setting with minimal mowing or watering, various Zoysias in sun to part shade, Bermuda in sunny areas where traffic is heavy, and St. Augustine in part sun to shade where its water needs are dramatically reduced.
Ever-increasing water use restrictions will result in landscape design in which turfgrasses are focused on the areas where the family gathers to relax and play. Proper soil preparation, judicious watering and appropriate mowing height all help reduce the amount of water it takes to keep turf healthy and attractive. When we provide proper care, water quality and quantity concerns are minimized as are some diseases and insect problems.
This section includes number of resources designed to help you get the most enjoyment from your lawn while avoiding needless threat to our environmental resources.