We recently had someone contacting us asking the difference between UC Verde and Eco Lawn Seed – and in case you were wondering, here’s a break down of the differences and why we believe UC Verde is still the way to go (besides because we sell it!):
- Eco Lawn is a mixture of fine fescues. Fine fescues are best in cooler climates and high elevations.
- Eco Lawn claims to have deep root system up to 14 inches. Turf-type fescue roots go 3 to 4 feet and UC Verde can go 6 to 8 feet deep.
- Only moderate wear tolerance
- Slower to recuperate from traffic injury
- Eco Lawns can produce thatch which is a layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the green matter and the soil surface. Excessive thatch (over 1/2 inch thick) creates a favorable environment for pests and disease, an unfavorable growing environment for grass roots, and can interfere with some lawn care practices.
- Eco Lawns may be difficult to mow because of tough leaves
- It may go dormant during extended heat (90s +, 1-2 weeks)
- Susceptible to red thread, leafspot, and dollarspot
- Yearly over-seeding is also generally required
*Since the posting of this article we received an understandably unhappy comment from the Eco Lawn producer. We ask that you please also read his comment and our response to it and decide for yourselves which would work best for your situation and location. I’m sure like anything, both varieties have their perks and weaknesses and we do not claim that UC Verde is a miracle grass by any means. It is not our intention in any way to mislead people or provide false information in the hopes of a sale. However, we can say that both products offer you a way to conserve water and you can’t go wrong with that!