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by Larry Hoyt
on June 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I own property near the mission that used to have a lawn in front. (many years ago). Obviously you can not water a lawn of this size economically or for that matter ecologically. I talked to one gardener who suggested a low water solution but it would still increase my water bill from the base. Is there a ground cover that requires no watering that would low good?  
Reply by Amy Breschini
on June 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Hi Larry,  
During the first year, you will need to water to get the roots established. Our rainfall varies greatly from year to year, so there may be times that you would need to supplement water during prolonged dry seasons, of course there are variations of water needs from species to species, plus it's also affected by your soil type. I'm assuming you have clay soil, if you are near the San Luis Obispo Mission? Here's a link to our website on drought tolerant/ low water requirements lawn alternatives. Here's our link:
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