Week 11 Report on UC Verde drought tolerant lawn in Los Angeles:
My Â lawn’s progress Â is way behind!
Unfortunately, My UC Verde drought tolerant buffalo grass seems to be growing in slow motion.
What’s up with that?
Susan Morrison of Blue Planet Blog’s UC Verde Lawn at 4 weeks! (Okay, she spaced the plugs closer at planting time, but her grass seems to be growing at a faster pace!)
Isn’t my 100 degree-like weather just effective as hers for this heat loving grass?
Lazy Gardening bloggers UC Verde lawn at week 16. This is what I want to see in my yard, a span of green in the midst of a heat wave!
According to Flora Source, my lawn progress has been delayed for a couple of reasons.
1. The soil is drying out too fast making it difficult for the running stolons to adhere to the soil. Flora Source suggested I add a moisture-retaining mulch to keep the soil from drying out between watering.
2. UC Verde grass needs a boost of nitrogen in the establishing phase, I was due for a fix.
So, I did everything I was instructed to do:
Redwood soil conditioner is excellent for my clayish soil, improving the texture and drainage as it slowly breaks down. It also traps the moisture in the soil where I need it.
The grass is spreading, as this longÂ stolon indicates but it is growing upwards rather than low to the ground
My lawn has been fed with slow-release organic nitrogen, (7-3-2 nutrient ratio), mulched and lovingly watered.
Now, grow darn it!
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