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Sterile Frogfruit Groundcover Lawn - Phyla Nodiflora Sod

300 sq.ft. minimum order
Kurapia Grass

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Curbside delivery. Weekdays Only. Driveway drops wherever possible. Narrow or steep roads with inadequate turnarounds (delivery trucks are 18-wheeler) will require delivery to a designated drop-point nearby. Read More...Read More...


WARM SEASON PLANTING (cut in half for Nov-Feb plantings):

First 7-14 Days: 2x Day / First 2-4 Weeks: 1x Day / First 4-8 Weeks: 1x Day / Next 3 Months: 3x Week


WINTER: no irrigation

SPRING: 1-4 x a month

SUMMER/FALL: 1-2 x a week*

(*see guide for more details)

Kurapia Grass

Due to ongoing availability issues Phyla nodiflora delivery is on stand-by only until August 15 2024. You can order now to reserve the soonest available slot but please expect shipping to be delayed or on short notice until September.  

Improved Frogfruit - Native Succulent Groundcover Lawn (Sterile)

AKA: ALT LAWN ULTRA, Phyla nodiflora, Sterile Verbena nodiflora, Frogfruit, Turkey Tangle, etc.

Phyla nodiflora is a succulent native groundcover that's been hybridized to increase fluffiness and prevent spread by seed. Instead it spreads and continuously fills in in warm seasons with its squishy spreading runners. As long as the soil drainage is great! Otherwise it can suffer quickly from drowning.

Sterile Frogfruit spreading ground cover works great as a full-coverage lawn. And it's the most waterwise native sod option available for summer greenery. It requires deep waterings only every 1-2x weeks in summer after it's first year's maturity. And it's suitable for medium - high traffic areas and pets. 

California native groundcover lawn alternatives are sustainable and cost a small fraction of artificial turf. They're a whole lot better looking too.

    • Ideal for Sun or Part Shade

    • Survives on 1x week watering and no winter water*

    • Mowing Optional

    • Foot Traffic, Sport & Dog-Friendly

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has deemed Phyla nodiflora groundcover as a rebate qualifying lawn alternative. Apply now! Click here for more details

*1x Week Watering

Phylla nodiflora can survive on 1x week water after it's first year of establishment, though it will get patchy. It functions & looks best with 2x a week watering in summer-fall in Southern California. And even monthly mowing if you want it it's greenest. It will make it through watering restrictions when necessary. In areas of California with more regular rainfall no irrigation may be necessary after 2 years establishment.

Best planted in March-July. Phyla nodiflora is a warm season grower it does most of its spreading in summer-fall. And, in most case, it will not require any winter watering once mature. In shade it gets 4-6" long and is softer. But even part shade means it needs much less water (one client in Camarillo stopped watering entirely after 3 years in full shade without issue). Just remember regular watering is required in the first year for Phylla nodiflora to get its roots down the 10' required for it to go the distance on any water savings. 

Mowing Optional 

Mow it once a month to keep the small clover-like flowering down and get the freshest look (reducing watering can also reduce flowering). Or never mow. It’ll naturally stay soccer height & look decent regardless when in full sun. This groundcover creeps. It stands up to dogs, sports, parties and a good amount of neglect once well established. 

Care & Installation 

Weed - regularly in the first year. Nut sedge is most common weed problem. A spray with the active ingredient of halosulfuron-methyl (like Sedgehammer) will kill off nut sedge grass without damaging Phylla nodiflora. 

Blooming - Phylla nodiflora produces a bee attracting flower, especially in Spring. Most customers love nursing our honeybees and don't find them bothersome. However, it's not right for everyone! NOT RECOMMENDED for homes with bee allergies or strong aversions.

Season - Frogfruit is best planted March-October. It can be planted in cooler seasons too, but won't spread or show much growth until temperatures are notably warm. 

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Around one week. Select your preferred delivery date at checkout and we'll do our best to make it happen! Please note: Alta Lawn Ultra - Kurapia Groundcover plugs are delivered on Wednesdays only.

Kurapia & California Meadow products come in sod or plugs. Plugs are small plants that you plant every square foot with the help of a bulb auger drill bit. Sod is like a green carpet you roll out and apply heavy pressure to bond with soil.

Kurapia grows very slowly when temperatures are cool, so rarely spreads much at all from late November to about February. If you're thinking you'd like to do plugs, just be advised that you will have to wait a little extra (and weed regularly in the mean time) for it to fill in fully. Sod on the other hand gives instant coverage

California Meadow on the other hand has a mix of warm and cool season grasses so will fill-in at about the same rate most times of year. Though in general most plants spread faster with generous warmth.

Plugs are spaced at 12" but you can space further (just lower your squre footage order) if you're not in a rush. Or want to fill in with something else later. We have a 200 sq.ft. minimum on all lawn options. Orders under 400 sq.ft. are subject to a slight price increase to accomodate current shipping rates.

More or less the same as regular sod or lawn except with less fertilizer. Here's some basic guidelines:

Remove Nasties: Pull out weeds, stumps & any plants you don’t want
Loosen ‘er Up: Use a shovel or tiller to loosen the top 4-6 inches of soil. If you have sandy or uncompacted soil this isn't necessary.
Groom: Remove smaller rocks & roots. clean it up so it’s smooth and buttery as possible.
Rake-in Amendments: Rake a light dressing of organic compost, lime &/or Mycorrhizae evenly across
the ground.
Wet soil: to a minimum of 6” deep to before laying down your sod. This will give a nice moist surface for the roots to bond with when lain down.

Irrigation requirements: sprinkler irrigation is recommended for all sod and most plug products (except in shadey or passively irrigated conditions). Hand-watering not recommended

The first 2 weeks establishment requires multiple daily waterings. First month's establishment progresses to once a day watering. Then reduce to a regular 2x a week watering schedule (more may be required if planting in hot times of year). Native grasses typically need 2x a week waterings for heat waves in Southern California. Kurapia survives on 1x a week watering in times of water shortages but looks better with 2.

About half of these lawns require no winter irrigation! Contact us for details.

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