There is ever increasing concern over our depleting water sources. In addition to this concern, California has been faced with a serious drought this year. (2014) At SodLawn, we provide sod that is not only drought tolerant but also aids in water conservation. Some of our sod types require up to 30% less water and are constantly being developed to perform better under reduced and limited water sources. With the growing scrutiny on non-agriculture water usage, this is our sod, with Water Star Ratings, will soon be the standard of grass seed. Not only is the grass developed to withstand less water, but it is also able to stay healthy throughout those low water usage times. This sod has been tested by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance and has meet their stringent set of criteria . In addition to meeting the strict guidelines to conserve water, grasses such as Fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are continuously chosen for their thick, lush appearance and ability to maintain overall health.
Bermuda grass is another option and is an excellent drought tolerant sod type. Hybrid Bermuda sod varieties such as Tifway, Tifgreen, Celebration, and A-G 1 Bermuda are all excellent choices. These varieties of sod are warm season sod types. These types of grasses go dormant in the winter in California because of our cooler temperatures in the winter. Some individuals choose to overseed their burmuda with Rye grass for winter color when the Bermuda turns dormant/brown. The deep root systems of Bermuda grass allows them to maintain better color when water is restricted, especially compared to other cool season varieties. Bermuda grass is by far the most drought tolerant grass on the market but because of the dormancy in the winter and the invasive nature of Bermuda grass, Fescue/ Bluegrass blends have been more popular of sod types.
There are a few steps you can take to aid in your sod lawns resistance to drought and water restrictions:
- When mowing your lawn, mow your grass at a taller position, which will help establish deeper roots.
- Use a mulching mower as this will recycle nutrients back in to the soil.
- Keep weeds to a minimum as they will steal the vital nutrients and water from the rest of your sod lawn.
- If severe damage has been done to your lawn and there are areas that have completely died, you can always reseed those areas with water star seed.
- Aerating your lawn will help it retain the water that it does receive.
- Once your lawn has received adequate rainfall/water and isn't under such stress from water deprivation, you can aid in its restoration by fertilization. This will help the sod regain the nutrients it has lost and strengthen its root system. This strengthening is important as the rainy season ends and summer temperatures approach.
When following these steps, along with choosing a drought tolerant sod type that is appropriate for your climate, you will have a greater likelihood of successfully maintaining a healthy lawn when faced with water restrictions and drought.