This creeping red fescue "No Mow" lawn in my yard is lush and natural looking but requires regular water to look it's best.
There is nothing inherently "evil" about lawns, after all.
The challenge many people have with common lawns is that they require regular watering, fertilizing and maintenance to look their best.
If you live in a drought area like I do, this is a huge issue!
- UC Verde grass uses up to 70-80% less water than common fescues and other popular varieties!
- UC Verde grass grow is a slow grower and can be mowed every 5 to 6 weeks instead of weekly!
- UC Verde is virtually pest and disease free so pesticide use should be nil to nothing!
- UC Verde is low on the pollen scale – good for allergy sufferers.
Read my blog post titled "An 'Alternate Lawn' as a Lawn Alternative" for more information.
On with my lawn test area!
This is what my "lush" red fescue lawn (shown above) looks like today.
I water 3 times per week for 10 minutes and it still looks brown!
I removed most of the "dead" red fescue clumps, and prepared the soil by loosening up the top 8" inches.
I added organic compost to the soil before planting the UC Verde grass.
The UC Verde grass is delivered in cell packs instead of in "sod form."
Each tray holds either 72 or 128 plugs and is light weight for shipping.
Each plug is approximately 1 3/4" inches deep and spreads above ground via stolons.
To calculate the number of plugs needed, use the following formula for the appropriate spacing:
12 inches on center
Multiply lawn footage by 1.00
9 inches on center
multiply lawn footage by 1.78
6 inches on center
multiply lawn footage by 4.00
|9 inches on center||multiply by 1.78|
|6 inches on center||multiply by 4.00|
I planted the UC Verde plugs approximately 8 – 10" inches on center for faster coverage.
I also left some of the red fescue along the periphery to maintain some green color when the UC Verde goes through it's brief semi -dormancy period in the winter.
(Oh well, can't have it all!)
The plugs are planted and require frequent watering during the establishing period- which runs approximately 4-6 weeks.
I have my timer set for twice daily watering for 10 minutes- once in the morning and again in the early evening.
When this period is over, my UC Verde lawn will be watered every 10 to 12 days (according to the Grass Roots Program recommendation).
I can give it a light mowing then as well.
In the winter, forget about watering all together and go shopping for holiday presents with the money you save on water!
I have specific expectations from the UC Verde lawn.
Once established, I expect it to look green and lush with the required watering schedule (which is much less than my red fescue requires).
I understand that it needs at least 5-6 hours of full sun ( I have a smidgen of shade from my Olive tree, but not much).
I expect the UC Verde lawn to thrive with minimal fertilizing.
I will be satisfied with the "natural look" of this grass as I'm not into mowing- at all!
Is that too much to ask for a lawn that will be basking in 110 degree summer heat?
Show me the money UC Verde!!!
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