Low-Maintenance Lawns

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Want a great looking lawn without all the mowing, fertilizing and watering?  There’s good news:  special blends of various types of grasses have been designed to create eco-friendly landscapes.  Whether you’re starting your lawn from bare soil or converting small sections of established turf at a time, there’s a low-maintenance option for you.

In the Northern regions of the U.S., a particular blend of deep-rooted fescue turf grasses will allow you to mow only once or twice per year! Prairie Nursery sells lawn mixes that:  grow to form a dense turf; thrive in full sun or partial shade; require little, if any, watering or fertilizing; and choke out weeds once turf is established.  It will thrive on most soil types and light conditions, but does require good drainage.  This company also offers wildflowers and native grasses to those interested in minimizing turf areas with drought-tolerant plantings.

In the South, Zoysia grass is a good option, as it is a slow-growing, dense grass that is drought-tolerant.  It’s not perfect though.  It turns brown after the first heavy frost and won’t green up again until mid-Spring.  It also tends to spread easily, even into unintended areas.

A native grass to the Great Plains, from Montana to Mexico, is low-growing Buffalo grass.  It is, perhaps, our only truly native turfgrass and can tolerate drought conditions.  It forms a fine textured, short turf with a soft blue-green color.  It goes dormant and turns brown from Fall to Spring.

Tag(s): The Great Green Outdoors

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  1. Greg on July 22nd, 2009 2:12 pm

    We just installed a buffalo grass lawn in Dallas in an effort to save water. The grass is beautiful, only needs mowing once a year, and uses very little water.

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