‘UC Verde® is the ONLY buffalograss that was bred in California for California's unique climate, making it an ideal and sustainable lawn substitute. Extremely heat loving, this warm season grass will use 75 % less water than tall fescue grass, which currently makes up the majority of residential lawns in California. Tough enough for both kid and pet play, this grass has a very soft, fine texture that is inviting to sit (or nap) on, and requires very little maintenance. ‘UC Verde’ is well suited for almost all of California, including the Coachella Valley, on through to Phoenix and Tucson, and is excellent for residential lawns, institutional & park plantings, and bioswales.
UC Verde® requires as little as a fourth of the amount of water as do traditional turf grasses, leading to a savings of as much as 75%of the volume of water that is applied to other types of turf. UC Verde® Buffalograss is eligible for water rebates in many cities; check with your local city officials or water board to see if you qualify.
UC Verde® has a slow vertical growth habit, peaking at 4" to 6" tall. There is no set mowing schedule for this cultivar, and it is highly adaptable in terms of achieving the desired look. For a manicured turf, mow once every two to three weeks; for a more natural, meadow-type look, mow much less. It is recommended that the lawn or meadow be mowed at least once per year to maintain vigor.
Less Pollen, Less Allergies
UC Verde® is an excellent turf grass choice for pollen-reduced landscapes. This vegetative selection is a female sterile plant, does not produce seed, and is nearly pollen-free as compared with other turf grasses. The American Lung Association recommends plants which have pollen rating of 6.0 or less; using the OPALS/TM scale UC Verde® is rated just over 1.0.
Native buffalograss from the North American plains is extremely tough, and these attributes are very much present in UC Verde® resulting in little or no chemical needs. Traditional bluegrass and fescue lawns require significant applications of chemical insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides for the control of insects, disease, and weeds. In addition to very strong disease and insect resistance, UC Verde® Buffalograss was bred to be dense in habit, making it difficult for weeds to become established.