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  • Lawn Alternative And Substitutes

    96% of the lawns in the southwest are using a grass that originated in a wetter climate. Potable water soaked up by a traditional lawn is 40% - 50%. There is heightened awareness of chemicals applied to lawns that could drain into the water supply. The cost to mow and maintain lawns continue to burden the homeowner and commercial landscape owner 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.

    We have seen it do well along the coast of California 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, soft bright green very fine leaf blades it was rated best visually 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. We are excited to introduce this needed product to the retail and commercial landscape market. In our course of applying for the license and testing UC Verde we met Tom Engelmann. He is an energetic home owner and self proclaimed “dark green” environmentally minded person that has been searching for a better lawn.

    Tom contacted Armstrong Growers and asked us to participate in his Grass Roots Program. He and many others in Arizona and California are pulling out their water thirsty lawns and signing up with Tom on his website (grassrootsprogram.com) to blog, share photos and get all kinds of information about water saving ideas, from new irrigation methods to rebates offered by water authorities and cites.

    Armstrong Growers is fully supporting The Grass Roots Program. We look forward to a sales launch of UC Verde in the spring of 2010. For now we will rely on the many test plots to provide us with needed information to ensure the success of this timely product.

    Let your sales rep know if you want place an order for this spring.

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