Isn’t it baffling that we waste over 50% of our water usage on our lawns? When I think of that number it truly makes me sick. We all grew up to love our water-loving St. Augustine, and yes, if you have a highly shaded turf, by all means, stick with your Augustine. If your lawn sees at least 6-8 hours of sun, then you should think about having that thirsty grass removed sustainably, then properly preparing the soil to seed out with a native Texas grass mix.
The mix we provide includes:
Buffalo Grass (Bouteloua dactyloides)
Buffalograss is a soft, gray-green or blue-green, turf grass which grows 3-12″ when allowed to grow naturally and spreads by rhizomes. This Texas native is a warm-season, sod-forming grass that has curly leaf blades, slender stems, and compact seed heads.
Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
Blue Grama is fine-leaved and produces blue-green seedheads which are suspended horizontally. One quality that makes this grass great for our region is it grows in bunches, is a perennial, and is drought-resistant.
Hairy Grama (Bouteloua hirsuta)
Hairy grama is a native, warm-season, perennial grass. The height is between 10 -20″. The leaf blade is flat or slightly rolled; narrow; mostly basal; margins hairy. The leaf sheath is rounded; smooth; shorter than internodes. The seedhead is 1 to 4 spikes, purplish before maturity, about 1 inch long; rachis extends beyond spikelets.
During exceptionally dry years, produces little forage but withstands drought well. It reproduces from auxiliary buds at basal nodes, from short stolons in some localities, and from seed.
Curly Mesquite (Hilaria berlangeri)
As the name states, it’s leaves curl up when it starts to fall into dormancy.Curly Mesquite Grass plays a significant role in the mix because it is less drought tolerant than Blue Grama, more drought tolerant than Buffalograss. It will grow in well-drained clay loam, where it colonizes densely by stolons. Curly mesquite grows ranging from 1-12″.