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Lawn removal and design tips from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Team

Photo of Cary Avery, Associate Director, UC Davis Grounds and Landscape ServicesCARY AVERY, Associate Director, UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services: “If you are trying to get rid of Bermuda grass, don’t rush the process. Spray it with an herbicide, wait for it to die, remove it, then, if you can, give it another growing season to pop-up and repeat the steps above. You’ll be glad you did.”

 

Photo of UC Davis Arboretum Director of Horticulture Ellen Zagory.ELLEN ZAGORY, Director of Horticulture, UC Davis Arboretum: “Davis residents have a leg-up in the lawn-removal process living so close to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. The plants we’ve selected for this conversion are available at our plant sales. Attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, that’s our specialty…no need to reinvent the wheel! We’ve removed a lot of the guesswork typically associated with this kind of project.”

 

Photo of Andrew Fulks, Director of UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and Campus Naturalized LandANDREW FULKS, Director, UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and Campus Naturalized Landscapes: “Leaving a bare patch of dirt in your yard for a season or two while your grass dies can be difficult. Consider spreading wildflower seed over the area in the meantime, like we did on La Rue Road. The growth will provide a season of color and beauty as well as deliver necessary nutrition to your soil.”

 

Photo of Matt Forrrest, Irrigation Supervisor, UC Davis Grounds and Landscape ServicesMATT FORREST, Irrigation Supervisor, UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services: “We switched our irrigation delivery in the median from spray to sub-surface drip line. Now, instead of measuring water use by gallons per minute, we’ll measure water use in gallons per hour! We’ll be providing moisture in the soil where the plants need it most instead of wasting water by spraying it into the air.”

 

Photo of Christina De Martini Reyes, Landscape Architect, UC Davis Campus Planning and Landscape ArchitectureCHRISTINA DE MARTINI REYES, Landscape Architect, UC Davis Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture: “Designing the median of a busy street requires a whole different way of looking at landscapes. The goal is to deliver engagement without distraction and consistency without monotony. For me the key to achieving this goal was incorporating one of the central valley’s most versatile native trees, the valley oak. It unified the median while allowing the landscape beneath to shift in pattern and composition.”

4 Comments

  1. Tom March 5, 2013 Reply

    Great tips! Are there any enviro-friendly herbicides?

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      Katie Hetrick March 7, 2013 Reply

      Hi Tom!

      There are enviro-friendly herbicides. Cary Avery, associate director of grounds and landscape services, suggests that vinegar is somewhat effective as an herbicide for broadleaf weeds for the home gardener.

      There is also a product called burnout organic herbicide on the market now. Both of these would work for small applications as well has good old fashioned weed pulling or using a hoe or shovel to remove weeds.

      • Tom March 8, 2013 Reply

        Thank you. Nice article in the Enterprise, Katie!

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