Establishment takes approx. 21-30 days (March-Sept.) and requires regular irrigation. Once established, water requirement can be maintained aesthetically at 50% of evapotranspiration vs 80% for cool season fescue.
Once fully established, Kurapia has a very deep root system that can reach down 5 to 10 feet below the soil surface. Research at the University of California, Riverside demonstrated that mature Kurapia can be maintained similar to warm-season turfgrasses at 60% replacement of reference evapotranspiration (ETo) in warmer inland climates and likely as low as 40% to 50% ETo in cooler, coastal regions during the growing season. Irrigation should be scheduled 1 to 3 times per week to wet all or most of the root zone while minimizing runoff.
Weekly or bi-weekly irrigation during extended drought or dry periods in summer may help winter color retention of Kurapia. Remember that Kurapia or any plant material will look only as good (or bad) as the irrigation system used to distribute water. Avoid over-irrigation to compensate for dry areas caused by poor sprinkler distribution, clogged nozzles, or leaks in the irrigation system.
It has thick, dense growth, and is a flowering live plant. It can be mowed for a more manicured look, or left natural (it grows to about 1"). Kurapia maintains green year around in most locations in California except high elevation areas.
Kurapia's sturdy structure makes it ideal for many uses such as covering lawn type areas, highway and freeway shoulders, rooftops, public utility areas, commercial properties, and landscape areas. It can tolerate light foot traffic, but is not recommended for heavy traffic areas like playgrounds or sports fields.
Kurapia grows close to the ground and rarely exceeds one inch high. Kurapia is a great option where you need a ground cover that won't regularly get irrigated. It is perfect for those strips between sidewalks and road ways or in medians. Or, if you want a unique look different from your neighbor's lawn, Kurapia is for you!