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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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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!

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Are you a fan yet on our Facebook page? If not, you’re totally missing out! Gary just posted a bunch of pics from his recent UC Verde installation on our FB page! So now, Gary accompanies Mike in our Awesome Book 🙂

Here are some highlights in case you missed out!

It took Gary and his garden crew of 3, a little over 2 hours to drill the holes and install the UC Verde plugs into his 950 sq ft lawn. Gary got creative and made a jig to help him with the spacing layout!


We usually recommend 12″ center spacing which comes out to a plug per square foot -which means 8 trays for Gary, since there are 128 plugs per tray.


As Gary drilled the holes his crew followed behind installing the plugs.


And ta-da!!!




And Gary was kind enough to do a bit of free shameless promoting for us! Thanks Gary!



Now go and become a Facebook fan and check out the other UC Verde pics our fans have posted! 🙂

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Sorry I’ve been MIA lately!…

I’ve been busy trying to finish up our annual catalog for the nursery. I know you’re wondering “But I thought you sell UC Verde Buffalograss?” – and yes we do! But our main bread and butter comes from our perennial liners sold to the trade. UC Verde is the only product that we sell directly to consumers.

And since I am in charge of all the marketing and design, that means I’m in charge of promoting both sides! So here’s a little peek into the other part of our biz here at Takao Nursery:

*And stay tuned – I’ll be giving you a virtual tour of our operations next week! (Minus the hundred degree weather – yuck!)

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news folks, but it looks like we’re sold out until the end of June. Feel free to call us at (559) 275-3844 if you’d like to pre-order (first ship date during the week of 6/20, your credit card will not be charged until your order ships out) or you can email us at info@ucverdebuffalograss.com if you’d like to be on a priority list to be notified when we’re back in stock!

Why does this happen you ask?…We want our UC Verde plugs to be in peak growing condition when you receive them – so we grow batches at different intervals throughout the year…that way you won’t be receiving stale plugs that have been sitting in the greenhouse for over a year – you’ll receive plugs that are fresh and new and ready to grow!…but that also means that each batch is limited…which means we may run out 😦 …which means order now to receive your trays in a few weeks!!! 🙂

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Pssst…I wanted to let you know first, that our UC Verde is back in stock and we’re now accepting orders on our website again (click the shop button on the right to go to our site or call us if you prefer to do it the old school way! 559.275.3844)

Today we just shipped out a couple of large commercial orders to the Bluffs Homeowner’s Association in Newport Beach and Landscape Design in Ontario…Annnd since most of our labor staff was at our other location getting ready to ship out a big contract order of annuals, that left just a small handful of employees at our main location…stay with me now…which meant that our usual packers weren’t here to pack…which left me and my dad to pack. I used to help pack back in the day (I was raised on a nursery, you’re expected to do some sort of manual labor as part of growing up!) so it’s not like it was anything unfamiliar – I’m just used to staying cushy in the office now!

So I donned my work shoes that I keep in the closet (although slip-on clogs aren’t considered proper attire according to our handbook, but we’ll let that slide) – A pair of Steeler clogs that I got for free with an order of nursery supplies from Gemplers, and no, I have no clue why they carry professional sports gear at a nursery supply company, but I chose these over the other teams because they were black.

And here it is, a pic of just part of what we had to ship out. “Uhhhhhhh” was my initial impression. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great having large orders going out, I just prefer not to be the one packing them 🙂

Here’s Atanacio assembling our heavy weight tray holders so that we can use them to pack. We ran about 20 assembled ones short so my dad decided he would just put them together. After waiting five minutes for 2 trays, I told him to admit defeat and to please let Atanacio put together the remaining trays.

My dad is great at many things, quickly assembling cardboard trays is not one of them.

Three across each side for six at each level, stacked up to eleven high, times five pallets equals a whole lot of UC Verde fun…

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…Not really, that’s just our house…here’s a snapshot of our weekend – termites are so not cool.

And my beloved Ficus has become a casualty of war and is now dropping all of it’s leaves after being fumigated over the weekend 😦 . Here’s the before shot:

The after is too sad to show…I’d cover our entire house in it if Darren let me! It would be like living in a green box with windows and doors – awesome!

…But back to the UC Verde…We’ve had some strange weather here in Fresno. It’s warm and sunny one day and cold and windy the next! The odd weather has set our UC Verde back a little, but it’s grow, grow, growing now and almost ready to ship! Here’s a little peak:

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Remember some of the UC Davis Arboretum All Star plants that we put in our yard last season? Well, most are doing great! Here are some highlights:

Berberis thunbergi ‘Orange Rocket’

(My bad! Darren said this one is actually not an All-Star, but still, it’s lovely isn’t it?!)

Cerastium tomentosum

While others sadly, did not make it (darn, one of my favs!)…what it used to look like:

Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’

Darren recently added some Black Petunias to the yard too! An interesting color on oldie but goodie!

Annnddd here are some new “salad bowls” that Darren’s nursery is now growing. Darren brought a few home for us to enjoy! Whole Foods (our local one in Fresno!) ordered some so go in and get one!

Just cut and eat! And in a few weeks you’ll have a new bowl to cut again!

Have a Happy Easter!!!

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Haven’t you heard?! – Succulents are the new trend right now! I even spotted a succulent feature on one of my favorite home interior blogs Belle Maison! Owner Julie created a fabulous centerpiece for her home – and it’s so easy to do, you can make one too! Check out her post for more details.

belle maison

 Annnnd ‘TA-DA!’ Great job Julie!

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The weather is finally warming up, the sun is shining – and the buffalograss is flying off the shelves!!! MeeOohMy! We’re sold out for the next few weeks until May! Our apologies for the inconvenience. Now how about a little bit of Gwennie to cheer you up!

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