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Thursday - April 23, 2015

From: Riverside, CA
Region: California
Topic: Drought Tolerant, Turf, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Drought-tolerant turf for Southern California
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Is it possible to grow Habiturf in Riverside, California, in the area of UC Riverside? The climate is similar to the desert areas or Arizona, just slightly cooler in the Summer. If not, is there a drought tolerant turf substitute you can recommend?


Please see the answer to a recent similar question from someone in Fullerton, California.


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