Xeriscape Turf

Cool Season Turfs

  • Can use less water than most xeriscape plants.

  •  Are very traffic tolerant.

  •  Can survive heat stress.

  •  Produce more oxygen than trees, shrubs and flowers.

  •  Remove dust and dirt from the air.

  •  2500 sq. ft. of turf grass releases enough for a family of 4, per day.

  •  On a hot day, turf areas will be 15-30 degrees cooler than decks, patios, shrub beds, dirt areas and walkways.

  •  Act as a natural filter, it reduces pollutions by purifying water passing through the root zone.

  •  Eight front lawns have the cooling effect of a 70 ton air conditioner.

  • According to US Water Resources Council, lawn watering, swimming pools and automobile washing accounts for 27.5% of a household's total water usage.
     

    Turfgrasses
    These grasses are successful in dry climates:
     

     

    Buffalograss
    Buchloe dactyloides

    Fine Fescue
    Festuca rubra


    Canadian Bluegrass

    Poa compressa
     

    Tall Fescue
    Fesuca arundinacea

    Perennial Ryegrass
    Lolium perenne


    Kentucky Bluegrass

    Poa pratensis
     

     

Water Needs of Established Turf

  •  Water needs per month to maintain turf at the various levels of quality: providing the proper steps have been taken:

Month Attractive Acceptable Alive
 

 

 

 

March

1/2" - 3/4"

0

0

April

1 1/2" - 2"

1" - 1 1/2"

1/2' - 3/4"

May

2" - 2 1/2"

1 1/2" - 2"

1"

June

4"

3"

1"

July

4"

3"

1"

August

4"

3"

1"

September

2" - 2 1/2"

1 1/2" - 2"

1"

October

3/4" - 1"

3/4" - 1"

1/2"

November

1/2"

0

0

 

 

 

 

Annual Totals

21 3/4"

15 1/2"

8 1/4"

  • Bluegrass, when placed on properly prepared soil and irrigated correctly, can be one of the most xeric plants in your landscape. No other single plant can provide the environmental benefits and increase property values.

Plants don't waste water, people do.

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