According to a U.S. Geological Survey, approximately 8 billion gallons of water is consumed daily for outdoor uses, and the majority is used for landscape irrigation.
In fact, it is estimated that the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water above and beyond rainwater each year.
Scientific reports have shown that up to a 75% reduction in water used for landscape irrigation was possible through better landscaping techniques and plants native to local climate.
Americans spend about $25 billion/year on lawn care.
The average 1 acre lawn costs $400-700/year to maintain and requires Americans dedicate 40 hours/year to mowing. Americans also spend over $1 billion and apply about 67 million pounds of pesticides to suburban lawns each year. Native landscaping can allow homeowners to realize significant savings through reduced expenditure for gas, fertilizers, water for irrigation, and pesticides, as well as freeing up more time for other activities.
Native Seed & Sod
CSR, Inc’s native turf mix is an attractive, low maintenance grass mix comprised of four native grasses.
These include two cool-season grasses, Idaho Fescue (Festuca idahoensis) and Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), and two warm-season grasses, Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) and Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides). The native turf mix is excellent as a in a lawn/turf application. This mix is suited for areas that receive 10 to 20 inches of precipitation annually. All species are well adapted, drought tolerant, and cold hardy.
Minimal supplemental irrigation is required after establishment to maintain a green stand from spring through fall. The native turf mix can be planted in areas with full sun or light shade. Grass leaves will reach up to 8 inches in height without mowing. Seed heads will extend above leaves to a maximum height of 24 inches.
For best results, plant this seed mix in late fall or early spring. If planted during late spring or summer, supplemental and consistent irrigation will be necessary to establish the stand. CSR, Inc. recommends a rate of 6 lbs mix per 1,000 square feet for turf applications. Seed can be planted by broadcasting, drilling, or slit seeding into existing turf. We highly recommend sod cutting and removing existing turf prior to seeding for best results.
Native Turf Sod Information:
CSR, Inc. also has available a native turf sod that is similar in characteristics and growth habits to the native turf seed. Species in the sod are Idaho Fescue (Festuca idahoensis), Sheep Fescue (Festuca ovina), and Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis). For instant gratification, native sod is the way to go! Native sod must be laid on bare ground in full contact with loose but firm soil so that no air pockets exist between soil and base of sod. With irrigation for establishment, native sod can be planted even during the hot summer months.