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Still Looking Good!

Well, it has been about two and half weeks since I applied the turf colorant to our dormant UC Verde Buffalograss lawn and it’s still looking good! As our grass continues to lose its color as the winter weather takes over, the colored portion is looking better and better 😉

I’ll keep taking snapshots of it throughout the winter so you can see how well the colorant holds up until spring when UC Verde comes out of dormancy!

Have a great weekend everyone! Get your Christmas shopping done! 🙂

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The folks over at UC Davis documented their whole UC Verde experience from brand spanking new plugs to how to deal with winter dormancy. Check it out!

UC Verde plots, October 2010 (after the 1st weeding)
No water stress 8/16/11

Rye grass versus a turf colorant to keep UC Verde looking green through the winter:

Section of plot sprayed with turf colorant, Nov. 30, 2011.  Annual ryegrass is adjacent to (above/left) sprayed section.

 

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As promised our very first how-to video is here for you all to see!!! In it, I’ll show you how to apply a turf colorant to your dormant UC Verde Buffalograss lawn!

It’s a tad cheesy, but what can you do? – it’s hard to give a demonstration and not sound a bit cheesy! 🙂

So watch our little clip here or go over to our brand spanking new Youtube channel and check it out (and you can even subscribe if you want, wink wink)!

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Whoa, Santa Barbara has a Water Hero!

Dennis Allen of Allen and Associates, has been named the City of Santa Barbara’s first Water Hero for his four unit condo development, Victoria Garden Mews, in downtown Santa Barbara. The residence will become a model for green residential building in southern California and may become the “greenest” residential development not only in the state of California but possibly the nation. And it’s also the place Dennis calls home!

For the full article click here!

Click on any image to visit the Victoria Garden Mews website!

That’s UC Verde Buffalograss in the front yard of this new eco-friendly Victorian!

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(Images from the Victoria Garden Mews website)

 

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Hey y’all! Guess what!?! I finally finished the new UC Verde Buffalograss website!!! I know finishing it now seems like the most random time with it being the end of the season and all, but eh… If you have the chance, go by and check it out!

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I stumbled upon the blog of Carla Wingett of Flora & Fauna Garden Design in San Luis Obispo, California and her recent installation of UC Verde Buffalograss for a client!

Carla decided to go with a very natural meadow look, here’s how she describes it:

“This lawn is planted with UC Verde Buffalo grass plugs and crocus bulbs. When it grows in it will require 1/4 of the water, will look beautiful grown out or mowed, and each spring it will be covered in tiny white flowers which will come and go with no maintenance at all. There are lots of varieties of grasses and bulbs which will work depending on your climate, but this combination will thrive in the hot and dry summers of Paso Robles, California.”

Doesn’t that sound so nice!?…Your very own little meadow in your front yard! And I love that retaining wall!

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For really, really large jobs – like this park project in Los Angeles, we send out (imagine UFC announcer Bruce Buffer’s voice here)…thhhhhhhhhaaa TRANSPLANTER!!!

It’s not perfect, but it will save some poor fellows’ back from installing 280 trays of UC Verde Buffalograss. That’s 35,840 plugs which would otherwise be installed one by one by one by one by one…until the end of time!

UC Verde trays waiting for their chance in the sunlight:

The transplanter reduces it down to a two man job…one to pull the transplanter along and one to do the planting:

Thanks to our Socal rep Tom Hawkins at Florasource for the pics!

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Corey’s Lawn at 12 weeks!

Contest-Winner-Corey has been keeping us thoroughly updated on the progress of his lawn! Read on below if you’re interested in seeing his detailed account – you might be able to apply some of it to your UC Verde lawn…or if you’d rather just look at his pretty progress pictures you can view it all on this little nifty web page he’s set up!

“Today marks 12 weeks in and the second mow…Not a lot different between 8 weeks and 12 weeks.  The biggest difference would be the bare spots where I spread steer manure or potting soil have either filled in nicely, or seem to be well on the way.  Of the two, I would say the steer manure worked better than the potting soil, probably because it had a finer texture (easier for runners to grab ahold of?) and maybe it held moisture better and probably also richer growing environment.  One of those regions I focused on in the “Other” picture column for week 8 and 12.

Regarding the coloration and growth pattern question I had last time at 8 weeks, I have not had a chance to test how evenly the sprinklers distribute water yet.  But, I bet that is more likely the case than soil quality.  I only have 2 inch pop-up sprinklers, and with the daily watering, the grass was growing quite well that I suspect it started to block the water spray near the sprinklers so more water would fall closer to the sprinklers, and the situation would only magnify as the grass got ever more taller.  Mowing probably helped a lot initially.  Now to toy with cutting back on watering frequency to try to slow down the growth a bit, and encourage deeper root system.  I had been watering daily at 5 minutes a shot, but now to try every 4 days at 10 minutes a shot.

I figured out the other weed that I was asking about in week 4 is probably some kind of spurge (the other you identified as purslane).  Now with the established grass, purslane is pretty much choked out (and the stragglers that do pop up are easy to pull out).  But, I can pretty much tell that spurge is probably going to be a forever battle.  It is definitely the most abundant weed in the grass, and the only one so far that easily co-habitates with the grass.  There is a picture in the 12 week pre-mow “Other” section.  The way it spreads out from the center, and the denseness of the grass, make it basically impossible to work down to the base to pull out at the root.  More often than not, I just end up breaking off stems.  Where before I was reluctant to use chemical means to control the weeds during establishment of the plugs (went with hand weeding only), now I think I may consider it.  Either just spray down the entire lawn with the Ortho Weed B Gone product that you recommended before, or maybe try spot treatment with the ready mix product first.  From what I read about spurge on the ol’ internet, it is a tough weed to knock out.  As Chris Berman would say on ESPN, there is no way to stop it, you can only hope to contain it.

Another interesting thing I have noticed is that there have been small “eruptions” of my old grass (some dwarf fescue) poking out here and there.  I thought it was pretty much all dead and wiped out from the 2+ years of neglect, and mostly pulled out before I planted the plugs, but some hardy survivors have been making appearances.  Very obvious to tell from the thicker blades.  Just been trying to pull them out.

Well, that is more than enough.  Thanks for your continued support on this project!”

– And thanks for keeping us all in the loop Corey! 🙂

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Neighborly Love

Remember my parents’ neighbors whose newly installed UC Verde Buffalograss lawn I snapped pics of a few months ago?… Well, here’s how their grass is looking now!

 

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The Lawn Reform Coalition recommends UC Verde Buffalograss in a recent article stating, “The UC Verde variety was developed specifically for California and does very well there.” They also list other lawn options to help you conserve water. If you’re thinking about replacing your lawn go and check it out!

Un-mowed UC Verde Buffalograss lawn pictured below!

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