Answer: There are a number of turfgrass substitutes that will grow in the area you describe, and most need little supplemental water during the summer months. Eco-Lawn is a first choice. It's a combination of native grasses and low-growing wildflowers. It can be mowed or not, depending upon your own tastes. Seeds are available through Nichol's Garden Nursery, 1190 North Pacific Hwy, Albany, OR 97321-4580. They also carry Crusader Turf Grass Mixture, a special for the Pacific Northwest, which establishes quickly and grows without needing lots of attention. Give them a call for specifics (541) 928-9280.
Good luck with your new landscape!
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