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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.

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Featured property: 2010 Habitat For HumanityGreen Home Tour

Oooo our UC Verde Buffalograss makes an appearance in California Landscaping Magazine! A Santa Barbara company, Wilson Environmental Landscape Design, Inc. won an award for the best sustainable landscape installation and part of their install included our UC Verde Buffalograss purchased through our socal rep Florasource!

Daniel Wilson, president and founder says, “When we got there, there were about 30,000 square feet of sod.” They replaced about 25,000 square feet with buffalograss and converted about 5,000 square feet into a succulent garden. “I think we’ve cut the water use down on the lawn by 70 percent. It could be more.”

To read the full article click here! And to learn more about how you can save water or purchase UC Verde Buffalograss visit our website or contact us at 559-275-3844 or info@ucverdebuffalograss.com!

Buffalo grass & flagstone path

buffalo grass drought tolerant plants

Planting & Design

(images from Wilson Environmental Landscape Design, Inc.)

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We just got the FYI that the Contra Costa Water District in Concord, California is again offering it’s Pilot Water-Efficient Landscape Rebate Program!

Homeowners can earn rebates up to $500 and commercial and municipal customers up to $5,000 when they replace their lawns with water-efficient landscaping from a list of approved plants – and guess what?! – Buffalograss is on that list!

Be sure to visit their website for all the details, before you do anything! They are quite specific on how this whole process has to take place in order for you to get your rebates. You must apply and they will conduct a pre-project inspection to verify site eligibility – do not start on your project, don’t even tear out a single blade of grass before contacting them or you might jeopardize the potential moolah coming your way!

For more details…www.ccwater.com/conserve/Lawn.asp or call 925-688-8320.

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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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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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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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Succulents are so awesome! They’re drought tolerant, easy to care for and they have a clean, modern look to them. Darren and I went over to Succulent Gardens in Castroville on Friday – I took some quick pics to share with you!

The huge Blue Glow Agave looked amazing! They had large single plants in pots too and that looked nice also.

Succulents in the cracks of the rock wall – what a great idea!

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Just saw this posting from Shirley Bovshow of the Garden World Report Show, that L.A.’s revising their new water restriction schedule.

The new rules:

Residents are permitted to water for 10 minutes per day, three days a week. Houses with odd-numbered addresses must water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and those with even-numbered addresses must water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Dept of Water and Power has also reduced first-tier water usage levels by 15%, which means that a single-family residence can use 15% less water before automatically moving up to the more expensive second-tier usage levels.

For her full article click here.

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UC Davis is committed to fostering sustainable places that…includes the outdoor campus landscape, gateways to the Davis community and a network of natural reserves elsewhere in California that UC Davis manages.

Discovering and demonstrating new ways to manage water efficiently not only saves campus oerating costs, but serves as a model for a water-strapped state.

UC Verde buffalograss, developed by scientists at UC Davis and UC Riverside, is literally adding more green to campus in an efficient way.

UC Verde grass needs only about 25 percent the amount of water used for other turf grasses. The grass was included in the landscaping of the new Maurice J. Gallagher Hall, home to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, in part to meet the Gold-level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED).

In addition to being water-efficient, UC Verde grass is also extremely tough and dense with strong disease and insect resistance, which reduces the need for chemical applications, weeding or other maintenance. Because the grass variety grows very slowly in comparison to other varieties, it also needs to be mowed far less frequently.

Click here for the full article and click here to read more about their installation of UC Verde.

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