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A supplement to the Best Management Practices Manual produced by the Texas Water Conservation Task Force.

Practical Turf Areas

Turf should be used for play and entertainment areas, and to slow down, absorb, and clean runoff. Turf is a design element. The WaterWise landscape does not consist of only acres of manicured turf rolling over the hills, but it does include turf strategically placed and appropriate turf plant selection based on use. Turf will usually need supplemental irrigation, but the varieties of turf vary greatly in their water needs. Turfgrass needs eight inches of soil to allow for a deep root system that can survive limited watering or extended drought. Turf should not be placed in narrow hard to irrigate areas or near hardscape so that irrigation water must water the hardscape as well as the turf. New turf varieties are consistently introduced into the marketplace. Recent studies in San Antonio have determined a number of turf varieties with excellent drought dormancy characteristics. For more on turfgrass visit the Texas A&M University turfgrass information site, AggieTurf.
Turfgrass Answers for You

"...turf plays a role where active use of the area for recreation is anticipated."

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