3. Limit Turf Area

Principle No. 3

The use of Kentucky bluegrass turf is prevalent in landscaping, due to its ease of growth and low-cost installation. However, this turf requires substantial amounts of supplemental water. Try being more water conscious, like Texas Hybrid or consider a turf alternative, such as Buffalo grass.

When it provides a functional benefit, Kentucky bluegrass has its place in a low-water landscape - such as a play area. It, however, should be kept to a minimum. There are many alternatives to an entire lawn of bluegrass. Where turf is appropriate, the use of a low-water turf grass is often recommended. 

Buffalo grass, for example, uses 60 to 80 percent less water than Kentucky bluegrass. Products like Dog-Tuff are designed for minimal mowing with some resistance to dog urine. Also, artificial turf has begun to make its way to many homeowner’s yards. 

  • Consider using walkways, decks or patios in place of turf in high-foot traffic areas.
  • Substitute ground covers or other low-water plants for Kentucky bluegrass in areas where grass is difficult to establish or maintain - such as shade, narrow strips or steep slopes.
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