What Types of Residential Grass Grow Well in a Drought?
Unfortunately, droughts are becoming more and more common in the Colorado Springs area, forcing all of us to alter many aspects of our lives and conserve water. For people who are passionate about front yard landscaping or backyard landscaping, this can be devastating, as it forces all of us to alter our lawns and garden design in order to accommodate these weather changes.
You don’t have to give up on the idea of having the perfect lawn, though. There are many types of residential grass that will continue to grow well in a drought.
Tall Fescue is a type of grass that is found on many residential surfaces in cooler areas or areas that are particularly drought-prone, such as Colorado Springs. This is because this is a type of grass that is exceptionally resilient and able to survive quite a few changes in the weather. It is well known for being able to live without regular watering and survive the heat that Colorado summers can bring. It keeps its texture and color, even in the worst of weather. Unfortunately, unlike many types of grasses, Tall Fescue doesn’t spread particularly easily. This means that it may require more work, effort, and professional guidance in order to ensure that your lawn is properly seeded.
Buffalo Grass comes from the Midwest, so odds are good you will find it in plenty of places in Colorado. It can survive on as little as a quarter of an inch of water every week, and potentially even less, making it an ideal grass to grow in drought. Like other drought-resistant grass, Buffalo Grass is slow to seed. As such, you’ll want to plant it about 5 inches apart from each other. It is a rougher grass, making it more suitable for front yard activities, but it is also low maintenance and you won’t have to mow it too often. All of these features make it absolutely ideal for drought-prone weather, such as what we have in Colorado Springs.
Though not the most drought tolerant grass, when properly installed, Kentucky bluegrass recovers fast from drought stress. In fact, Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most common grasses here in Colorado Springs. This grass grows its best with full sun and just the occasional shade, making it the perfect grass for our 360 days of sunshine in Colorado Springs. Unlike the two grasses above, this grass does need to be watered often, especially during the summer months.
If you are unsure of what type of grass will work best for your lawn or need help making your front yard the best it can be, reach out to us at Foothills Landscaping & Irrigation. Our professional staff has years of experience and countless projects under our belt, and we can absolutely help you get your front yard looking perfect. Contact us today for more information.