Doing a quick search for drought resistant grasses, I was able to come up with 6 different varieties. These include tall fescue, bahia grass, bermuda grass, buffalograss, seashore paspalum, and zoysiagrass. You can check out more at the website below to tell you the height and other features of the grasses. http://www.american-lawns.com/lawns/best_lawns.html
One type of low-maintenance grass is called Enviro-Turf, and is actually a mixture of different grass types. It only requires watering every ten days to two weeks. Bahia grass is another variety of grass that requires little water.
If you live in a dry climate, in a place that rarely rains, or know you are prone to killing your grass, you may find this useful. According to http://www.lesslawn.com, just by planting grass native to your area you can cut down or even cut out watering your grass.
Or you could also try buying Enviro-Turf or other engineered grass that is specifically drought resistant. In fact, scientists are continuing to look for ways to perfect grass.
According to sciencecentral.com. Scientist are looking for ways to activate a gene called SLAC1, a “conservation gene” or “drought-resistant gene” that would allow it to conserve more water, and therefore reduce its need for watering.
Last but not least, you could always use synthetic grass.
I think your suggestion to buy grass that is native to your area is awesome. Do you think it is a bad thing to use genetically engineered grass?
After doing some research, I found that there is still debate surrounding whether engineered green is good or not in the long run. Since grass is now being grown to be drought resistant, or to be herbicide resistant, this has changed the way engineered grass interacts in its natural (but not always native) environment and within its environment.
In one recent case, a herbicide resistant grass known as Bentgrass, which is used in Oregon as turf for golf courses, has managed to move out into the wild. Its herbicide resistance has caused concern about its removal and containment, pushing even scientist who support the new technology to worry about it possible implications.
So basically, this is still a relatively new field of science that needs more exploration and research!
Check out these sources for more information: http://www.scrippsnews.com/content/spreading-grass-alas http://www.organicconsumers.org/patent/slowgrow.cfm
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