|Photo credit: Takao Nursery|
Spurred by recent inquiries about the "Bay-Friendliness" of UC Verde Buffalograss, we thought it was time for a post about this drought tolerant lawn alternative. "There should be no question about this," according to our Bay-Friendly Landscape Trainer, Stephen Andrews, "UC Verde Buffalograss IS Bay-Friendly. This turf alternative meets LEED and Green Building Council criteria. Through field trials it has proven to meet sustainability criteria for drought tolerance, low water use, pest resistance, low fertilizer need, and the ability to be resilient to high traffic. The plant material is suitable for both commercial and residential applications."
Stephen reminds us that as always, it is important to remember the Bay-Friendly principle of Landscaping Locally. "When considering the use of UC Verde, a complete site analysis must be performed to ensure that it's a good fit. Use of the site—playing field, meadow, turf alternative—must be weighed with habitat considerations, microclimate, and irrigation." Bay-Friendly Designer Susan Morrison tested this turf locally at her home and we asked her to share some of the basics about growing UC Verde Buffalograss in the Bay Area.