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With feeding, watering and mowing, taking care of your lawn can be a time-intensive commitment. If you are tired of that, or simply want to create a more natural-looking lawn, grass varieties that do not require mowing offer a practical solution. No-mow grasses work because they either grow very slowly during the mowing season or they reach a maximum height that doesn't require mowing.Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides) is a drought-resistant, low-growing grass from the North American Plains. It creates a gray-green turf that, when given minimal watering, grows 4 inches tall, and with heavier watering, only 6 inches tall. Buffalograss spreads by stolons and is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. It can handle foot traffic, but has low shade tolerance. If desired, buffalograss can be mowed at end of winter to remove brown, dead foliage and to quicken spring green-up.
Two types of Mondo Grass suitable for no-mow situations are Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') and Kyoto Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nana'). Black Mondo grass grows slowly, reaching a height of 6 inches or less. Its dense, purplish-black, grasslike foliage is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 10. For even shorter grass, plant 'Kyoto Dwarf' mondo grass since it only reaches 3 to 4 inches tall. This drought-tolerant grass has very low, carpetlike growth and is suitable for xeriscaping. It is hardy to USDA zones 7 through 9. Centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) is a coarse-textured, apple-green grass with a creeping growth habit that forms a dense turf. Because of its slow rate of growth, it is often called lazy man's grass. If the grass is not mowed, it will reach about 4 to 6 inches.
The grass remains green throughout the year in mild climates. Since it does not tolerate heavy traffic, it is best suited for low-maintenance turf areas. Centipedegrass is well adapted to sandy, acidic soils and is hardy in USDA zones 7 through 10.Several grass blends on the market are touted as no-grow mixes. The grasses tend to be blends of either fescues (Festuca) or bentgrass (Agrostis). One blend, Dwarf Fescue Lawn Seed Mix brands itself as a low-growing turf grass that is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 10. The No-Mow-Grass brand has two versions. The northern version is Creeping Bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera), which is designed for areas with hard freezes, grows 3 to 6 inches tall and tolerates shade. The southern version is a blend of fine fescue and buffalo grass, designed for hot, dry areas. The No-Mow-Grass brand does not use USDA zones to classify its grass. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)