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June through September, outdoor water use can be 50% to 80% of your water bill. It takes 2500 gallons to put 1” of
water on 4000 sq. ft. of lawn every 5 to 7 days, costing between $35-$45 monthly. Drought tolerant grass is a good idea!
In narrow, small, sloping, or odd-shaped areas, or close to pavement, put drought-tolerant groundcover instead of grass.
|Grass Species||Tolerance level||Comments|
|Buffalograss||High||Goes dormant and recovers well from drought stress|
|Bermudagrass||Medium-High||Goes dormant and recovers well from drought stress
(depends on variety)
|Low-High||Zoysia japonica varieties such as Crown, JaMur and Palisades have high drought tolerance, while varieties like Meyer have poor drought tolerance. Most Zoysia matrella varieties such as Cavalier and Zeon have poor to medium drought tolerance|
|St. Augustinegrass||Medium||Moderate drought resistance from an extensive root system but poor ability to go dormant. Significant turfgrass loss during long drought periods.
Note: The St. Augustinegrass variety Floratam has high drought tolerance but is limited to the southern part of the state because of Floratam’s poor cold tolerance
|Centipedegrass||Medium||Moderate drought resistance from an extensive root system but poor ability to go dormant. Significant turfgrass loss during long drought periods.|
|Tall Fescue||Low-High||A cool-season grass. Significant turfgrass loss during long drought periods. In its area of adaption, tall fescue has medium drought tolerance. In Texas, its drought tolerance is low to medium.|
Using native plants can save 40%-60% of your outdoor watering use. Visit http://txsmartscape.com/ for design tools and plant recommendations for the north central Texas region.