The Q&A Archives: What grows in the desert?

Question: I had a beautiful green lawn for 11 months..130 degree heat claimed most of it thou, I keep watering early morning and late evening...but yellow to brown and a hint of green is the color of my lawn today. I was laughed at when I said I was going to grow grass, but when I did, they quieted down, but now, oh well enough of that. I refuse to give in to the sand yards all around me. Can you recommend anything that I can grow that will live im my region? I'm told trees won't grow, so don't try, I would like to have a tree or 2, some shrubs perhaps, a lawn and any plants that will grow here. I've been here in Trona, California for a little over a year. Can you help?

Answer: There are lots of plants you can grow in the desert. Here's a web address for you to explore, sponsored by the Victorville Water District. While it's not your water district, they've put together 8 pages of plants that will thrive in your gardening region:

As for your lawn, it is possible to have a green lawn all year around, but you have to choose the right turfgrasses. Most desert gardeners plant Bermuda grass which remains green as long as the weather is hot, then they overseed with a cool season grass such as ryegrass which greens up when the weather cools and the Bermuda goes dormant. So, start with a lawn of Bermuda and in October overseed with rye. As long as you keep the lawn watered, it will remain green 12 months of the year.

Hope the above website is helpful!

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