If you’re a local, be sure to stop by the Fresno Home and Garden Show this weekend and say Hello! We’ll be there sharing the wonderful water saving UC Verde Buffalograss and we’ll also be sharing some special show-only promotions! And the most important part?!…they’ll have fair food there…like the cinnamon rolls…mmmmm…
We told you about using sheet composting to remove your old lawn without using chemicals…but, there’s yet another way – soil solarization! Basically, you’re going to use the sun and plastic to cook the crap out of your lawn until it’s no longer living!!
There is an excellent how-to on it here by Nan Sterman!
“After six weeks or so, your lawn will be gone with a minimum investment of time, energy, money, and, best of all – no herbicides!”
Now how awesome is that!?!
During the winter months you can drastically reduce the watering of your UC Verde Buffalograss lawn, and for most people you can cut watering out altogether! But it never hurts to give your lawn a little drink here and there during the winter months. Especially this year when winter seems to have never quite arrived! It’s been unseasonably warm this winter for us here in Fresno which I know isn’t good for our drought situation, but I have to admit that I am totally loving it! It’s almost like I live in southern California!…almost
We usually suggest a method involving multiple applications of an herbicide, but some people prefer a method that is more Earth/pet/people-friendly and we can certainly understand that!
Native Again Landscape LLC tells you how to remove your lawn without using chemicals by sheet composting your space. “Sheet composting smothers the grass and kills it by depriving it of oxygen and sunlight. The dead grass can then be composted…In as little as 6 months your soil will be nutrient-rich and teaming with earthworms and other healthy organisms.”
Unfortunately, sheet composting isn’t the right option for everyone. If you’re in an area that is too hot and dry or too cold or too wet, or you have Bermuda grass, this might not be the right option for you.
Read more on how to remove your lawn without using chemicals here!
I hate the cold, so I’ve been enjoying the warm sunny days, which are a bit unusual for this time of year here in Fresno. Unfortunately, these 70 degree days are doing nothing to help with California’s drought situation. Governor Brown has even declared the state in a drought emergency asking all its citizens to cut back “at least 20% of their water use…We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use”.
Read more from the LA Times here.
Learn more about UC Verde Buffalograss, a drought tolerant lawn alternative.
Check it out! UC Verde Buffalograss installed at Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley, California!