RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Scientists planted plots of common turfgrass species and other groundcovers at the Turfgrass Research Facility at UC Riverside last spring, then cut off the water when the weather got hot. The drought resistance of the plants will be evident for visitors to see at the annual UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day on Sept. 17.

The drought trial, which simulates the outcome when a homeowner or business is completely out of water for summer irrigation, includes buffalograss, rosemary, honeysuckle, lantana, salvia, red apple, a sedum mix, juniper, native geranium, star jasmine, a compact thyme, salt bush and St. John’s wort.

The session on groundcovers is one of 12 to be presented by UC ANR and UC Riverside horticulture experts at different stops at the research facility. Registrants can pick eight of the 12 stops. The program ends with a barbecue lunch.

Preregistration is $100, and onsite registration costs $120. The event is for turfgrass and landscape professionals, but is open to any registrant interested in research findings related to home and business landscape plants.

Click here for more information as well as how to register.