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A Lawn That Drinks Responsibly - UC Verde Buffalo Grass

Did you know? 96% of the lawns in the southwest are using a grass that originated in a
wetter climate.

The thirsty lawns of the southwest soak up 40% - 50% of potable water plus require more chemicals that could drain into the limited water supply. The cost to mow and maintain lawns continues to burden homeowners and commercial landscape owners alike.

Is there a grass native to the U.S. that uses less water, needs less mowing, requires very little fertilizer or pesticides, yet still looks like a lawn? The answer is yes!

Developed from a turf grass improvement program at the University of California Davis and Riverside campuses, a truly remarkable alternative lawn was born. The vegitatively propagated, seedless, warm-season grass called UC Verde is the only buffalo grass developed in southwest for the vast majority of our climates.

In trials UC Verde has done well along the California coast and claims to tolerate the intense heat in the lower valley of Arizona and California low desert. With a deep root system of 6-8 feet, it uses only 1/4 inch of water per week.

Known for its high turf density and soft bright green very fine leaf blades it has the best visual rating among the warm season grass group. With a slow vertical growth habit, peaking at 4" to 6" tall, UC Verde requires no set cutting schedule. For a manicured lawn, once a month is sufficient. If you’re looking for the meadow look or slope erosion control, UC Verde is the answer.

Armstrong Growers received one of only two licenses to sell UC Verde. In our course of applying for the license and testing UC Verde we met Tom Engelmann founder of the Grass Roots Program. Tom is an energetic home owner and self-proclaimed “dark green” environmentally minded person that has been searching for a better lawn.

UC Verde trials are being conducted throughout Arizona and California. Trial participants are pulling out their water thirsty lawns and are blogging and sharing photos about their new UC Verde lawns on www.grassrootsprogram.com. In addition to tracking the UC Verde trials, the website has a plethora of information on water saving ideas, from new irrigation methods to rebates offered by water authorities and cites.