Turf and Termite Control

cedar_concrete_gravel_grassWe are receiving most of the points in the Sustainable Sites category of LEED for Homes.  Three of them come from SS2.3(a) for the use of nonconventional turf (we actually get the points from limiting conventional turf to 20% or less of our softscapes…we’re at 0% of conventional turf).  We have chosen to use Buffalo Grass.  It is a grass native to the Central Plains “from Mexico to Montana”.  It requires little irrigation, little mowing, and little attention.  It has a great blue-green color and spreads easily throughout the lawn, but is easily removed from flower beds. 

And while we may not be receiving a specific point for this feature, you can see from the photo above that we have installed an 18″ gravel border around the entire parameter of the house.  This is to assist with pest control, and closely aligns with avoiding plantings 24 ”  from the structure as outlined in SS5(d).

May 5th, 2009 5:44 am

I could not imagine to use Buffalo Grass for this purpose. But that seems to help us really. Thanks for the information and good job

October 21st, 2009 10:18 pm

I love the gravel idea. That’s pretty smart. The buffalo grass is also nice. My parent’s lawns are covered in the stuff. Have you ever thought of using moss instead of grass? I’m not sure how well it would work, but it takes virtually zero water and never really “dies”. I think mossacres.com is one of the websites I was looking at.

October 22nd, 2009 3:06 pm

We thought of using moss in our courtyard since it’s mostly shade all day, but chose miniature mondo grass. I love the look of moss, but the thought of a very large installation of moss and trying to keep it green would be, frankly, intimidating to me!

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