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Fresno CA (Zone 8a)
Oct 23, 2016 3:23 PM CST
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Oct 24, 2016 9:53 AM CST
|What type are you wanting to grow? Either St Augustine or Bermuda grass should be appropriate for your area and can be started from sprigs or sodded. Some Bermudas will grow also from seed. You will need to water, which may be your biggest impediment.
Oct 24, 2016 10:47 AM CST
Forget turf... You can't grow it without wasting a lot of water....
A lot of people out your way are being forced to give up their expensive landscaping these days.
Best thing you can do.... Figure out what will grow without water, or learn to appreciate a nice Japanese sand garde.
Oct 24, 2016 11:03 AM CST
|Sand? Even out here in the desert, we grow more than sand. Sagebrush! We grow a lot of sagebrush.
Jan, if you have tried to grow grass and haven't succeeded, you need to figure out the problem. Too hot? In Fresno, grass needs to be planted in the fall.
Grass takes a lot of water - at least 1.5 inches per week in Fresno. You may not be able to water enough. If you put a can in the middle of your lawn and turn on the sprinklers, you can measure what your lawn is getting. Multiply that by the number of times you are able to water each week.
Have you looked into the new atificial grasses? They look real! You can lay artificial turf on bare earth and it allows water to run through (because it does rain once in awhile). If it doesn't rain, wash the dust off every so often and you are good to go.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Oct 25, 2016 3:46 PM CST
|in the GA sandhills, bahaia grass is considered an invasive.
It grows without any supplemental water... even in this drought... Like Fresno, the weather here is usually droughty... and unlike east TX, we're in a rain shadow here...
But.... just because I have patches of bahaia that I don't try to exterminate.... this doesn't mean that I would ever encourage anyone to plant it.
It's paltry looking (right now)... turf doesn't ever look good in the drought...
I do have patches of mondo (lilyturf) (Liriope sp.) that look pretty good without any watering... but the deer are starting to graze it....
So... if you have a bit of shade, maybe experiment with a mondo lawn.
Isn't there anything else that you'd like to grow?
How about a nice patch of delosperma?
You couldn't walk on it, but it would provide a nice ground cover... It's even invasive out there... so maybe check first before planting...
How about a nice patch of Sempervivum?
Anything but water wasting turf, out there in the drought....
You know there are a few people out there that have more money than sense... hauling in truckloads of water for their turf?
Doesn't make sense...
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