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).