What to plant instead of grass in a very very hot climate?

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  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Aug 01, 2018
    river rock

  • Ann Ann on Aug 01, 2018

    do you really need 'grass'-there are lots of stone to take the place of grass-make special beds with tall grasses instead

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Aug 01, 2018
    I have seen rock gardens for yards in Texas.

    • Belinda Belinda on Aug 01, 2018
      Live in Fort Worth and our St Augustine's crispy. We have an area in back yard around pool where we've had a new fence installed and thinking about doing river rock. Then I can put potted plants (when it's not 105-110 degrees) for my "green" look.

  • Scarlett Butler Scarlett Butler on Aug 01, 2018

    When we lived in Arizona, we had one section of the yard covered in TifTuf (or TifWay) grass because it loves the sun and heat. Another part of the yard was covered in crushed rock — a staple in Arizona yards. You can also do soft gravel which is easier on bare feet. :)

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 01, 2018
    If you've ever had secret wishes to be a rock'n'roll star, then you could do a Punk Rock theme:

  • Diane Tietjens Diane Tietjens on Aug 01, 2018

    AZ dweller, rock yards are all the rage here. However these yards stay HOT 24/7 in the summer. Think about it when rock gets hot from the sun it radiates heat like a furnace and surrounds your house with heat . AC is not cheap and those rock yards are costing the homeowners every day in increased utility bills. I decided to remove my rock yard when I went out one night at 1 in the morning to let the dog used the yard and the rocks were still so hot she couldn't walk on them to take a leak. Took out the rock yard and got a real wake up call when I saw my electric bill had gone down $50.00. After I planted grass not only did it actually feel cooler around the house it took enough more off my electric bill to cover having a service come and do the mowing. Plant a grass recommended for your area and I'd also suggest doing trees. They can make a BIG difference especially if they shade the house. Again do ones that can handle the heat and will provide the most shade Get bang for your buck.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Aug 01, 2018
    Find out what the right grass is for your area. Check with a local nursery or your county extension office for professional advice. I found this statement online about your area for grass: Tall Fescue (Northern areas & Dallas / Fort Worth)