Kurapia grass 60% less water and never mow again.
What is Kurapia?
Kurapia is the newest, greenest lawn alternative that can take care of your yard work for you. Essentially, anyone who wants less work can benefit from this new product. As crazy as that sounds, it’s true. We’ll tell you how in a minute. If you clicked on this blog link, it’s either because you’ve heard about Kurapia and you want to learn more, OR because you’ve never heard of it and you want to know what it is. So, let’s dig in!
Kurapia is a plant from Japan. It is most commonly used as a ground cover for lawns, otherwise, it is a replacement for grass lawns or sod lawns and an alternative option for a ground cover (ground covers can include anything from grass to rocks to rubber mulch). You will likely see Kurapia in a residential front yard, back yard, and on many commercial and city installations. Here’s what you should take away from this blog: Kurapia requires less water than traditional grass and it never has to be mowed. Those are the two big factors that tend to convince so many of our customers to give Kurapia a try. After all, they are the two most important maintenance factors for lawn owners as well as the two most environmentally impactful factors.
Let's talk about water first. In California, we have been in a drought for years. Water is becoming scarce, with many cities and counties limiting and monitoring the amount of water we use. All to say that we have a limited source of water and water consumption is a very important factor to consider in most things we do, especially when choosing a ground cover. So, there is no question why we encourage a plant that requires up to 60% less watering while still will covering your lawn, helping filter air, giving a safe and natural space for play, is natural, and looks beautiful. While there are drought-tolerant sod options, Kurapia is ultimately the best ground cover when it comes to water savings if you’re open to a non-traditional lawn cover. Kurapia has a deep rooting system, which helps it retain water for days with little to no water. For example, rather than watering your lawn each day, you may only need to water it once every other week. It is important to note that there is no general rule of thumb when it comes to watering, since Kurapia, like most other plants, will largely rely on the conditions it is in. So, two different locations in the same city may require slightly different watering patterns based on each lawn's individual conditions such as sun/shade, soil type, temperatures, and foot traffic. However, overall Kurapia will save you lots of water compared to grass in the same or similar conditions. So, with the water it does receive, Kurapia takes care of itself with its drought-tolerant traits and deep rooting system that allow it to stay alive with significantly less watering than traditional sod.
Never Mow Again!
Next, Kurapia never has to be mowed. Yes, it’s true. We must have said this to customers thousands of times, and it’s true. Some people mow Kurapia for personal aesthetic reasons or to avoid the blooming flowers twice a year, but Kurapia does not ever need to be mowed. So, if you’ve been thinking about getting rid of that old lawnmower taking up space, that can become a reality. You may be asking, “What do you mean Kurapia never has to be mowed? How is that possible?” Well, in short, Kurapia has a lateral growth pattern, so instead of growing upward as grass does, Kurapia grows to the sides. Kurapia has some upward growth but it is very little compared to how tall grass lawns can get. This is where the “never mow again” factor comes in, lawns require mowing for 2 reasons: one, to stimulate growth, and two, for aesthetic preferences and to make the grass more walkable. But with Kurapia, this upward growth or mowing for growth stimulation is never going to become a need. Some Kurapia owners trim the perimeter of their area to maintain clear boundaries within a lawn, but it is not necessary. Whereas with grass lawns, mowing is necessary, and not mowing a grass lawn can essentially kill it. So, with Kurapia you will have less watering needs and no mowing ever.
We have had Kurapia in our lawn for 3 years and can personally speak to its drought tolerance and minimal maintenance. In addition to stress testing for educational and informative purposes, we are also notorious for giving our plants minimal care (mostly because we are out making sure everyone else’s lawns and plants are doing fine!). Yet, Kurapia has prevailed! In addition to big water savings and never needing to be mowed, Kurapia also has a great look with its dense growth and beautiful seasonal flowering. It also has natural acting pest control characteristics such as its dense growth and it's the perfect way to keep your yard looking beautiful. If you’re looking to save water, never mow a day in your life and a beautiful lawn, you came to the right place! We hope to hear from you soon!
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