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Niki Lockhart-Mabry added this to Outdoor Living31 December 2017

Native Bentgrass grows long in a California yard.The species mixes — mostly of different grasses — presented here are all different and suited to different uses. Some can handle foot traffic and pets, while others can’t. Some will do OK in shade, while others require full sun. One thing they have in common is that they are more environmentally friendly because they require less water and fertilizer to maintain. As you consider starting or converting to a nontraditional lawn, know that there are pros and cons to having one. ProsNeeds less mowing, with the option to mow only once a yearNeeds no synthetic fertilizers (use compost tea or other organic lawn methods instead)Needs less water Makes an attractive, lush ground coverBenefits wildlife when allowed to grow long and provide habitatConsCan be more difficult to establish than traditional sod (if using seed, the establishment process is similar to creating a meadow garden)May be difficult to find the right product in your areaRequires preparation for weed control if installing in an area that previously grew traditional sodCosts more to install than traditional sod (but you’ll get your investment back in savings from water use and more)

ricaloc added this to ricaloc's ideas30 October 2016

Alternative grass, less water, moan once a year.