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Native Turf

Native turf features a blend of low-growing native or warm season grasses that provide a lawn-like appearance with minimal maintenance, while enhancing soil quality. It doesn't green up as early in the growing season as the cool season blue-grass usually found in lawns.  However, it thrives during the long, hot days of summer when other turf turns brown in response to hot, dry conditions.

Irrigation is needed during the first, and possibly the second, year to ensure good establishment, but after the deep, fibrous root system is developed, native turf does not need fertilization or additional watering. Mowing native turf plantings can be eliminated, and the height of the vegetation stays between 8 - 18 inches. If a more manicured appearance is desired, mowing can be done on a limited basis (once a month or less).


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