Have you ever waited for water to boil? It seems to take forever when you are focusing on it, doesnâ€™t it?
This is how I feel, waiting for my new UC Verde test lawn to fill-in here in Los Angeles. This drought-tolerant, â€œspecially formulatedâ€ buffalo grass for dry climate areas comes with many promises including a 70-80 percent reduction in water needs to keep it looking green and healthy.
I canâ€™t wait to see if it lives up to its claims! Here are the plugs before planting.
In all fairness to UC Verde grass, it does best with very warm temperatures and full sun exposure- at least 6 hours per day. The days are warming up, but Los Angeles has had a fair share of â€œJune gloomâ€ this month.
This grass spreads via stolons and I see a few plugs breaking out of their small diameter area and reaching out slightly. The plugs are in good shape. Iâ€™m keeping them moist for their initial establishing period and will taper off the watering after a few weeks.
There is another blogger, the Lazy Gardener who started testing UC Verde a few weeks ago and is ahead of me with the progress. Check out the Lazy Gardener blog for what I am hoping will be a preview of what is to come for me.
In the mean time, enjoy this original music video by my friend and sustainability expert, Billy Goodnick and his television co-host, Owen Dell on the joys of removing a water thirsty lawn. The video is called “Taking out the Grass.”
Of course, if this lawn was a UC Verde lawn, I would stop them in a heartbeat!