With notices going out through the city notifying customers of the upcoming switch to metered water, people are looking to lawn alternatives as a way to help cut costs on their skyrocketing bills! Yikes!
Which leaves several options to combat a rising water bill:
1) No lawn – going with drought plants to landscape your yard instead of a traditional lawn. This is certainly a way to cut back – your typical lawn accounts for up to 70% of your water use – but it’s not a look that appeals to everyone.
2) Artificial lawn – Well, pretty much you’re looking at a water free lawn here, but you’re also looking at a pricey upfront cost with the quotes for installation at anywhere from $7 sq ft up to $22 a sq ft – based off of what we were quoted here in town. And it is still, well, fake grass. It might seem kinda strange covering your entire front yard if you ask me. I suppose maintenance is about as low as you can go…unless you just have a concrete “lawn” ;)
3) UC Verde Buffalograss lawn - Of course my opinion is biased, that’s a given here! But going with UC Verde does seem like a happy medium of sorts – you can still have your lawn and cut back on water consumption – making having a lawn still affordable with meters! Also, with other perks like a max height of just 4-6″, you can mow your lawn just once or twice a month, twice a year or even never! Saving your precious personal time and also cutting back on lawn mower pollutants in the air. UC Verde also produces virtually no seedheads, which means it’s soooo much better for allergies than your typical lawn.
So, did I give you enough reasons to turn you into a UC Verde convert yet? (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)(image sources: 1, 2)