Lawn Grass in Leander & Cedar Park Texas
For those whose lawns look weathered and barren now. remember, we are in the dead of winter- the grass has been dormant but will come to life soon. We had a horribly harsh summer with the drought a dry first part of the winter and we are just now getting blessed with a little rain. A good dose of Dillo Dirt or other organic fertilizer and these continued showers will do our lawns good. The Grass Patch on Ronald Reagan Blvd. (aka Parmer) in Leander sells and installs lawn grass. Farmer’s Nursery on Leander Drive in Leander does as well- not positive they install, but they sell as well as have a lawn grass demonstration area located to the left of their gate as you drive in. In the Farmer’s demo plot you can see real lawn grass growing and determine which look is right for you. If you go to Farmer’s please tell ‘em “Sandy” sent you. I bought so much builder’s sand and other supplies during my backyards de-grassing that my name was changed by them. Another good resource is the Williamson County Ag. Extension office. Yet another resource is the Native Plant Society of Texas. Georgetown has a very active group. Unfortunately for ME- they meet on Thursday nights when I have P & Z (Leander Planning & Zoning Commission meetings). The City of Leander has one of the best water conservation ordinances in the state as well as a recommended plant list of natives are hardy adapted plants & grasses. Builders must use Bermuda grass or Zoysia in new home landscape construction and may NOT use the water hogging St. Augustine. Commonly called “carpet” grass, St. Augustine may be good for Houston, parts of Florida or other areas with high annual rainfall amounts but not here in the Texas Hill Country.
I have 3 types of grass in my lawn (what’s left of it). Zoysia, a wide stemmed variety, Bermuda and St. Augustine. Little by little I have been removing large expanses of lawn and replacing it with low maintenance stone or granite, or xeriscaping or edibles. Neither my son nor my husband like to mow, edge, weed eat, water or otherwise care for a lawn.
I would encourage anyone contemplating putting in a lawn to think long and hard about it. Many yards are totally lawnless and look great and are functional. I have seen local landscape designers create masterpieces of hardy & beautiful plants and walkways of granite, tile or stone that aesthetically rival the finest & fanciest lawns. Maybe you could just pare down the amount of lawn and add wide pathways around the perimeter with crushed granite or stone. I put in a large native stone patio using 10 tons of native patio stone at $80. a ton 2 years ago. Set in sand and filled in with decomposed granite, it created a pervious, all weather expansive area in my back yard. I also put in a pond with a bog or biological filter to keep it clean without the use of any chemicals.
My yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. I garden sustainably, by organic methods. The City of Austin, Texas has a great Grow Green program. One huge aspect of the program is protecting our water supply. Nitrates and Atrazine are being found in our waterways due to Weed and Feed and other chemical fertilizers being applied to lawns and then being carried down to creeks, streams and lakes when it rains with the stormwater runoff. Deformed frogs have been linked to lawn chemicals such as pesticides. That is why the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. has a Texas Amphibian Watch program to document frogs and toads.
You see, amphibians serve as bio-indicators worldwide of how safe our environment is for us to live in. If anybody wants to participate in the Frogwatch program, my yard’s pond is available for the study & we do have several species in our pond & yard. Please also think of your pets and children playing on your lawn.
In my front yard, large strips of grass along the entire front edge and sides have been removed. I replaced it with xeriscaping & edible landscaping including fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. I also added some boulders- they require no maintenance or water! My goal is to have an aesthetically pleasing landscape that adds to the value of my home while eliminating as much water use and maintenance as possible while actually yielding fruit, vegetables and herbs. For more information see EDIBLE ESTATES: ATTACK ON THE FRONT LAWN A Project by Fritz Haeg & The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques: by Rosalind Creasy (Sierra Club Books). These as well as many other books, pictures & websites prove that our yards can be water conserving, low maintenance, productive AND aesthetically pleasing all at the same time.