What’s the best turf?
Castle Rock Water’s favorite lawn turf is Dog Tuff. This is a rich green, fine bladed turf that grows in mounds only 2.5 to 4 inches tall. Though not necessary, it can be mowed for a more manicured look and is extremely resistant to pet urine. It is soft and cushiony, weed-resistant, and takes 1,000s of gallons of less water than a traditional turf. It loves the heat, and likes to wait until summer to green up.
The new, ‘best’ turf is a mix of fescue, ryes and bluegrasses such as the popular Texas Hybrid. These eco-friendly blends take less water than the traditional water-hogging Kentucky Bluegrass (so turn down the length of time on your irrigation controller). They also tend not to go dormant and turn brown as quickly in August when the temperature rises. Another benefit from some of these hybrids is that with less water, there is less growth, which means less mowing! If your home was built after 2018, this is the type of turf in your front yard!
The native-looking grasses in some open areas is probably a Buffalo grass. It needs very little water and has a fine soft-bluish green blade. It does well during the warm season, but does turn brown as the cooler temps come in. Once established, it can be mowed for a more manicured look. Buffalo grass is ideal for naturalized areas that don’t get regular irrigation.