Why use drought tolerate sods and native grasses

A native plant is one occurring naturally, in a given geography, without human involvement. These are the plants growing on the landscape without the aid of humans.

A drought tolerant plant does not have to been a native plant. Drought tolerant plants are plants having adapted to tolerate drought better than most. A drought tolerant plant will survive in your landscape with less than normal amounts of rainfall. Not all drought tolerant plants are native and not all native plants are drought tolerant.

Because drought tolerant plants by definition have adapted to dryer climates and have lower water requirements they naturally use less water. A native plant may be drought tolerant but just because it is a native plant does not mean it is drought tolerant. Most native plants, once established, need minimal supplemental irrigation.

You can look forward to using less water with most native plants and because these plants have adapted to the local environment you will spend less time fertilizing, pruning and caring for them in general. Most likely you will be able to spend a little time with them once every few months and still have a vibrant beautiful garden.
Drought tolerant plants tend to be more disease and pest resistant while needing little to no fertilizer. This should free up time to do more creative activities in your gardens.

Drought tolerant native landscapes do not have to mean rocks and cacti or succulents. Well designed drought tolerant native landscapes can look attractive all twelve months of the year. There are so many varieties of plants to choose from you can be assured to have color in your garden no matter the season.

Choosing the "right plant for the right place" is one of the most important considerations for all types of landscaping. Just planting native and drought tolerant plants will not solve all your landscape issues. Ignoring the right plant right place guideline may lead to increased maintenance, unhealthy looking plants and costly failure of expensive landscapes even using drought tolerant native plants. Careful planning and completing a thorough evaluation of your landscape are the first steps in applying this concept. With some extra effort in the planning stages you can ensure a beautiful, healthy, low water use, easy to maintain landscape. That really does stand out.

Latest NOAA Drought Forecast for the U.S

Posted: July 27 2016

We are FAR from out of the woods yet with our persistent drought conditions and especially here in So.Cal. where El Nino decided to just pass on by without so much as a small HELLO.

Our California Native Grass Sods continue to be YOUR best option for a grass aesthetic in YOUR Landscape Environment and PLEASE take a look at our NEW KURAPIA Sod as an EXTREME Water Saving Groundcover Play.

Please call with any questions, comments or ORDERS.

Robert - 805-236-9272 or : Robert@SoilsSolutions.com

Famous SF Valley Estate finishes off with Native Mow Free Sod

Posted: July 14 2016

There are many old and amazing Estates scattered across the San Fernando Valley but none that rival this one for amazing original architecture and the "Rags to Riches" story of it's reclamation and restoration.

We were honored to be called for the final piece which was the expansive front lawns of the Estate and that our California Native Mow Free Sod was chosen by the Restoration Architect as an appropriately Elegant but Native groundcover befitting the property's original intent and design.

These 3 pictures show the Native Mow Free the afternoon after it was installed and it was a particularly HOT June day and the sod had not traveled particularly well. You can see the "freight stress" exhibiting in the browning areas especially at the sod tile edges.

After 30 days of establishment watering the second picture shows a healthy green grass bounceback with an installation well on it's way to fabulous.

The top or first picture was taken just a few days ago and shows a very healthy overall Native California Sod stand and it is about time for it's first mowing.

For more information about this and other of our California Native Sod Solutions please call or text us at 805-236-9272 or:


Pacific Beach REALTOR builds Backyard Paradise

Posted: June 30 2016

What to do with a "Postage Stamp" backyard and water restrictions going on all around you? Do what this PB REALTOR did and build an oasis of fun for his Wife and 2 small children. KURAPIA was selected because of it's amazingly LOW Water use, (about 70% less than the bluegrass that was in this area), and almost zero maintenance, what you see is it's established height. No mowing required and due to it's rooting depth of over 6' there is almost no need for future fertilization.

To add a little design flair there is a small strip of our Native California Mow Free Grass Sod along the back Redwood Fenceline which will grow to a height of 18" and bring a Native Meadow look to the outside edges of this Paradise.

OC Home & Garden Show

Posted: March 28 2016 | Featured on KTLA

Beautiful Design using KURAPIA and Native Mow Free Grass Sods

Posted: March 27 2016

What it's like to be a sod farmer in the middle of a drought

Posted: Sept 16 2015

With state mandates calling for the reduction of lawn in landscapes and cash-for-grass rebates popping up everywhere, I thought I'd ask Ed Zuckerman, the founder of California's largest sod farm, Delta Bluegrass Company, what it's really like to be a turf farmer in these dry times.
Q: How bad has it gotten with the drought?

Ed: We've halved production from 2000 acres to 1000-and even that's still too much to be growing right now. We've also upped the prices by 30%. Turf has been so cheap for so long that the increase was accepted pretty easily. I don't like to lay people off but we had to do that, too. That was a low point. It's not pretty but it's one of those things where you think, "This too shall pass."
Q: Are lawns unfairly targeted?

Ed: Totally. Residential grass is the low hanging fruit during a drought. But I always say that plants don't waste water, people do. Instead of paying people to tear out a lawn, how about we offer $500 to invest in a smart controller. That would be really sustainable. Plus people forget all the benefits of turf. It cools the immediate atmosphere around a home, it filters storm water, cleans pollutants, controls dust, and abates noise. Plus some people just love having a lawn to mow. It allows them to do something in their life that feels agrarian

Q; How is your business adapting?

Ed: It's been adapting long before this drought. We started a native sod program 12 years ago, and we've grown it from meager beginnings of 10 square feet to over 100 acres.

We're researching other turf alternatives, too, like Kurapia (Lippia nodiflora), from Japan. Kurapia has strong creeping ability but stays just 1 to 3 inches in height. Once established, it needs 60% less water than traditional turf. In California, Lippia has long been considered to be an invasive weed, but this new strain from Japan is sterile and has no viable seeds. We're the first to grow it in sod form. Q: Any regrets on choosing sod as your crop?

Ed: None, whatsoever! Our family has been farming here for five generations. They've always been known for innovation. Sod was my way of bringing new profit source to a struggling business. We grew from a five-acre trial plot to 2,000 acres in the height of production in the early 2000s.

Sometimes it's not fun being a farmer. Sometimes it's not fun being a business man. If Apple doesn't keep coming up with new mousetraps, they're going to have trouble, too. As a farmer, you have to be resilient. There are a lot of things out of your control, from the weather to the market prices.

I have to derive my sense of self worth in other ways. I do a lot of yoga.

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