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Among other things today, including updating Loving Garland Green's Website, and adding a couple of cool videos to our home page, I wrote a project plan to submit for approval to Loving Garland Green  members at our next meeting March 2--which by the way, you are invited to attend.  It's my home at 216 East Kingsbridge Drive Garland Texas 75040 Mondays (expect for tonight Feb 23) from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

PROJECT PLAN FOR MAKING A NATIVE 20 x 20 FOOT GRASS PATCH AT THE GARLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN

PROJECT TITLE:  “THE ALTERNATIVE LAWN”

PURPOSE OF THIS PATCH OF GRASS:  to educate the public on the value of replacing their lawns with a native grass by showing them how nice it looks and how little care and water are required.  Being green is a lot easier and sometimes cheaper than we realize.  We will also have a sign and information regarding the project. 

Buffalo Grass appears to be a great alternative as it creates a sod, much like St. Augustine or Bermuda.  But, unlike St. Augustine or Bermuda, Buffalo Grass only needs 12 inches of water a year, does not respond to fertilizers AND does not have to be mowed since it get no taller than four or five inches.

Look at how much work St. Augustine requires—mowing, fertilizing, pest control, watering, etc.: http://publications.tamu.edu/TURF_LANDSCAPE/PUB_turf_Maintaining%20St.%20Augustine%20Grass%20Lawns.pdf ]

Location in the Garland Community Garden:  Space beside the Iris bed in front of the Children’s Garden  (about a 20 x 20 foot patch).  This one will be easy because, other than pulling up the grass/weeds growing there now, we will not have to prepare the soil in any way.  We will just sow the seeds and keep it moist until the native grass is established—provided all the claims for this grass are true including that it grows in unamended clay soil. That all remains to be seen and we make no promises.

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The total cost for this project is only about $40 (not counting labor of members of course).  We plan to order the seeds from Native American Seed.  The cost is for seeds and related signage.  We might also expand the possibilities for planting native grasses by planting samples of other types of grasses in pots.  Would you like to donate?  Attend one of our meeting and bring your checkbook with you!

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