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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 10:25 pm
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Hi neighbors,I have a large Mesquite tree in my front yard and am looking for a grass-like covering that is neither grass, likes the shade and is drought tolerant.  It looks like dichondra grass might be a good option.  It is more of a low growing plant rather than grass, but looks like grass and is mowed like grass. Question-any clue if I can buy that down here?  Thanks so much.

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Dichondra works very well here. You need to get the seeds in Tucson. Not available around San Carlos.

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Thanks Marlin Master!  

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How much water, how often? Survive me being gone 4 summer mos?

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Dichondra will not last four months without water. Mine is on a drip sprinkler system, three times a week for 20 minutes.

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Gravel covering plastic does ok.

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The mesquite tree is near the front of my house and I don't want rock near the house.  Rock actually creates a concrete effect and attracts and retains the heat.  I live here during most of the summer so that is an issue.  I do not think the Dichondra grass is going to be the solution because it looks like it takes much more water than I anticipated.  Right now the tree is surrounded by dirt and I wanted to cover the dirt.  If I cannot find a low water grass solution then I will just leave the dirt.  

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Artificial grass ??
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Try Verbena. I have some that volunteered to grow in my yard and receives very little attention. Spreads fast if you water it.  Here is a photo of it growing in my gravel driveway.. https://goo.gl/photos/HFGLMHz2VXW3iL598

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Thanks guys!  My neighbor has some bits of artificial grass and although it looks pretty good I would prefer something natural.  The verbena looks pretty good also.  :)

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Laninas:  A succulent like:  moss rose or hearts & flowers would work well.  

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Decomposed Granite over plastic is something else to consider. No maintenance.  

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Thanks for the feedback neighbors!  I appreciate the input.

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Hi neighbors, I am still continuing my research and have found a link for some very low watering grass options.  Looks like watering requirements would be less than fruit trees.  Anyone out there have an opinion or experience with any of these?  Thanks so much!
http://porch.com/advice/5-low-water-lawns-that-stay-green-under-pressure/

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Please keep in mind. You live in a Desert! Just spray paint the dirt green, it will give you that look you are searching for without maintenance. Google "Desert ground cover". 

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Hi Jimmy, Thanks for the feedback.  I am aware of where I live and that is why I have been researching drought-tolerant options.  If i did not care I would have installed a watering system and would be moving a lush green lawn.  That's not the case.  I was asking for constructive feedback.  The first option in the link posted in my previous post states that zero water or fertilizer is needed once the grass has taken hold.  I am still trying to find out if it would, in fact, tolerate our hot summer weather.  Anyway, still searching for serious answers.  Thanks again. 

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https://www.google.com/search?q=sonoran+desert+ground+cover&newwindow=1&sa=X&hl=en&gl=us&authuser=0&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwi3qI_Aj-vTAhVV4mMKHYuDB0EQsAQINw&biw=1242&bih=602

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Thank you Jimmy!  That will keep me busy for some time!  Appreciate the link.  

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