D. is the grand winner of two 5 lb bags of Eco-Lawn. I delight in the fact that
she has done a huge amount of research into various types of lawn – seed, sod
even artificial turf. I like the look of the site, the sandy soil and the fact
that Eco-Lawn will in some small way contribute to the family's quality of life
as they support the dad through his healing process. Her Northern California
location will work beautifully.
would also like to offer a five lb bag of Eco-Lawn to the somewhat skeptical Mr.
Dave Reed in the mid-Atlantic area. I invite his disciplined due diligence and
will be pleased to work with him!
thank all GardenRanters for playing in this giveaway game! Since not everyone
can win, Wildflower Farm is offering a 20% discount on all Eco-Lawn orders from
now through the end of October. When ordering, use the code GR1009.
Alternative lawn types are finally getting the attention they deserve. The key is to find the ones that do best in your region, but for lots of North America, that'll be mixes of fine fescues, many of which are native to the North and East. They really ARE lower-maintenance than the turfgrasses we grew up with (Kentucky bluegrass, et al,) because they're more drought-tolerant and slower-growing.
Unmowed, they'll grow to 8-9" and fold over to 4-5" tall. If you decide to mow, you won't have to as often as you would with conventional grass mixes. After it's established, watering isn't needed in most regions reportedly only required during the longest droughts. In the hotter, drier regions they need about 75 less water – either by irrigation or rain – than common turfgrasses. This photo is of the mix called "Eco-Lawn" in a park in Santa Barbara, CA.
Another big plus? They tolerate a lot of shade and are quite cold-tolerant (but less suited to the hotter regions). Another advantage we read is that in most soils they need no fertilizing. They MAY stay green all year, assuming no severe drought and adequate snow cover.
Drawbacks? Hey, if there weren't any, we'd have been growing this stuff all along. The questions on everyone's lips are how much heat and humidity can they withstand? And how much traffic? Miriam Goldberger, who sells Eco-Lawn from her Wildflower Farm in Ontario, tells me they're bringing out a high-traffic, sports-ready version soon, so the R&D on tougher varieties must be pretty promising.
FREE ECO-LAWN TO A WILLING GROWER/REPORTER
Planning on putting in a new lawn? Tell us about your new-lawn project in a comment, with an estimate of the square footage, and win enough Eco-Lawn to do the job. The only catch? Tell us the results! That means following the instructions – to give the product a fair shot at succeeding – or telling us how you didn't. So you're applying for an important job here – the test-grower who'll help us find turfgrasses that need drastically reduced inputs. We're accepting entries by comment until 9 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, 9/11.Posted by Susan Harris on September 10, 2009 at 9:28 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.