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Jason Freeman
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Username: Freebirdjf

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 03:14 pm:   

Can anyone recommend an alternative to Bermuda grass? We've been in Frisco for 3 years and our lawn has just never really worked out for us. I see a lot of vivid green out there, but don't really know what's what.

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 534
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 01:21 pm:   

The vast majority of turfgrass in Frisco is common Bermuda. Bermuda is a warm season grass and goes dormant in the winter and turns a buff color. The lush green lawns you see in the winter are lawns that have been over-seeded with annual rye grass. Over-seeding with Rye is not an approved practice in Frisco because it increases water consumption. Bermuda grass with adequate water that still doesn’t look green is nutrient deficient. I would recommend following an organic program such as Howard Garrett’s program. This will help keep fertilizers out of the water supply.

Alternative grasses include:

Buffalo grass: This grass is a native warm season grass and will survive here with out irrigation. It will give your landscape a real Texas look. It is best established from sod or plugs (see and may be left unmowed.

Zoysia: This turfgrass is an alternative to Bermuda that is drought tolerant and adaptive to may soil conditions including clay. I don’t have any personal experience with this one, but it sounds very promising for this area. It is best established from plugs.

St. Augustine requires more water that than the others on this list and can tolerate some shade. It has a much courser texture. I would consider this one only for a limited application since it is not very drought tolerant in this area.

Please contact me with any questions.

Darell S. Bagley, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect

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