I've killed many lawns in my day. On purpose.
What would "festival seating" be without a lawn for the crowds to sit on?
Which is not to say that I don't feel that a lawn has it's place, even in times of drought. I couldn't imagine attending a neighborhood "Concert in the Park" event and sitting on a paved floor or on a chamomile lawn, (no mater how fragrant and bee-friendly) it is!
Having a small lawn at home for kids to play on or for pets to rest on is also very desirable.
Water Restriction is now legally enforced in Los Angeles!
Governor Schwarzenegger has declared a"state of water emergency" in California and has passed a law to restrict the use of sprinklers in residential yards to two days per week- Mondays and Thursday's.
Furthermore, it is against the law to use your sprinklers between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM.
You CAN get busted too, the ordinance provides for enforcement in the way of "water police" patrolling the streets of Los Angeles.
You know that neighbor who you can't stand?
Better play nice, because citizens are encouraged to report violating neighbors. .
I should dust off my "Garden Police" uniform for the new water conservation law in Los Angeles!
So it looks like lawn lovers are out of luck in Los Angeles ("LLOOLLA"). I
f you are a LLOOLLA, and not willing to give up a "lawn experience" in your yard but want to be a law abiding citizen, let me introduce to you an exciting organization!
Grass Roots Program I recently learned about the Grass Roots Program, (GRP) a coalition of irrigation and horticultural professionals from the Green Industry as well as concerned citizens from the Green Movement who are educating the public about alternate lawns for dry, desert areas such as Los Angeles.
The Grass Roots Program also helps you bundle rebates and incentives based on your site location.
Look for the clever "Grass Footprint Calculator" on their website to calculate how much water you can save by using a more water efficient lawn variety.
UC Verde Buffalo grass grows to about 4" to 6" inches tall and can be maintained natural without mowing. Introducing UC Verde grass…
Too Good to Be True? Seventy to eighty percent less water needed to maintain UC Verde grass?
That is a huge claim, and if true, an incredible opportunity for lawn lovers and conscientious landscape designers like myself to include lawns in our projects.
One of the goals of the Grass Roots Program is to install UC Verde in public-owned parks, schools and other notorious "lawn intensive" landscapes.
UC Verde is a slow grower, reducing the amount of mowing required to maintain a neat appearance.
Here are the claims regarding UC Verde grass from the GRP website:
Buffalograss (Buchloe Dactyloides) is the only turfgrass that is native to the United States. UC Verde is the only buffalograss cultivar developed in California for our state's climates."