CA Native Mow-Free sod lawn

Native CA sod, "Native Mow-Free"

What are new plants I’m excited about now?  Well, they may not be sexy. But there is a revolution brewing over the water we waste on our lawns.  So when I saw the some of the newest CA native grass sods, at the sod growing fields out in the delta, I wanted to share the news. Farmer, grower, owner Ed Zuckerman, along with the great knowledgeable staff at Delta Bluegrass, hosted a tour recently to a group of designers, architects to view these innovative sods.  Born out of years of research and trials, and prompted by John Anderson of Hedgerow Farms and David Gilpin of Pacific Coast Seed, they’ve developed three main blends for urban landscapes.  I have to say, I was impressed! Lush green lawns that need only 50- 30% of the water required for traditional lawn– yes 30%!   In fact the test fields demonstrated they tend to do better with less water.  The Native Mow Free is a favorite, as an all-around good choice to replace traditional sod.  A blend of three fescues (rubra, idahoensis, and occidentalis) it grows to about 12-16″ high unmowed for a natural meadow look, or can be mowed every two weeks for a traditional lawn.   And it has good shade tolerance.  Another good thing about these native sods (besides using less water, fertilizer, maintenance pollution, and costs!) is their versatility.  You can let them grow longer, and add flowering daylilies or bulbs for a meadow look or cut them to 3″ for a manicured carpet.  They will stay green as long as irrigated, but if water mandates are cramping your style, you can even stop watering them in the summer– they will go dormant yellow, yes, but will green up again when watered.
CA native sods– a great guilt-free solution for our addiction to lawn.

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