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10 Drought Friendly Grasses Used by Our Corporate Commercial Landscape Service San Jose 408.275.1200

Posted by Sabrina Ayala on Oct 8, 2018 8:39:00 AM


10 Drought Friendly Grasses That Are Low Maintenance 

Low Maintenance drought resistant grasses are highly used by our corporate commercial landscape service, and they appeal to the eye. What property manager or owner wouldn’t want to get those qualities out of their commercial landscaping service — at the same time? One way to achieve your goal is through the appropriate design and use of drought resistant landscaping.

Today, drought tolerant grasses are gaining popularity with most commercial grounds management companies and a demand for their low maintenance qualities, including their low water use and pest free benefits. Available in multiple colors, textures and sizes, they are also appealing for a corporate campus landscaping service. When used appropriately, your commercial lawn maintenance will benefit from the year around interest provided, can be used as accents or ground cover, and can even in raised decorative containers. 

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Corporate Campus Landscape Service includes Drought Grasses

One of the advantages of incorporating drought resistant plant material in your condominium & homeowners association landscape service goes far beyond water savings. If you are interested in sustainable drought resistant landscaping while improving visual impact and sustainability on your property, you should consider your options with grasses and drought resistant landscaping.

Landscape Management For Soil Erosion 

If you are considering your options to replace corporate lawn maintenance, for example in difficult areas to mow, bio swales or steep terrain that is hard to access you may consider the benefits of using ornamental grasses as a low maintenance drought proof alternatives. Some of the benefits include stabilizing the soil with the deep roots provided by these grasses which help to mitigate soil movement.

Natural barriers and privacy for a Community Landscape Service

Some of the grasses available in the bay area are considered moderate to fast growing, and can reach variable heights of up to 6 feet tall. This versatility makes it practical for creating a natural privacy barrier in the landscape — this type of landscaping provides wind protection and creates privacy for court yard patios and other common area uses.

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Foot traffic deterrent for HOA & Apartment Landscape Maintenance

In HOA landscaping areas that are constantly trampled by foot traffic and used for short cutting, these striking ornamental grasses can help mitigate and redirect foot traffic as a natural deterrent that would otherwise become your next landscaping project. We realize that some curb side areas or ornamental borders on your property are constantly challenged with foot traffic, short cutting and vehicle damage. Drought resistant grasses can be stunning and resilient in these types of applications, especially if your property has been previously challenged in past years. Some of these plant species and grasses will also bring a new look to your property adding visual interest and color throughout the entire year.  

Raised decorative planters for a Retail Mall Landscape Service

Ornamental grasses can be used as accent plantings in conjunction with an apartment landscaping by incorporating them into small scale groups or for that special corner area at a sparse wall for instance, the foliage movement can bring appealing interest to large scale commercial landscaping.  

Landscape Drought restrictions in the bay area

If you are interested in drought options for water conservation, grasses can be a beneficial alternative to commercial lawn mowing, especially for those commercial property managers interested in regulating their water use, ornamental grasses are resilient and adaptable without serious repercussions or danger to your plants health. They are also resistant to the hot summer heat and perform much better than most decorative flower plantings. The same holds true for cold, dry winter weather.

Pest management and low impact landscape maintenance

Historically, ornamental grasses have performed well without much need for pest and disease or landscape maintenance. These grasses are resilient and resistant to most of the common bay area pest problems; this means grasses won’t require much maintenance at all, pest control or supplemental fertilization, contributing to a healthier sustainable environment.

Low maintenance landscaping, visual interest throughout the year

The low maintenance characteristics of most of the grass varieties bring commercial landscaping popularity all season long, particularly in the colder months. Depending on your goal, ornamental plants are readily available in different colors, sizes and varieties some come in red tones, pink and come in varies shapes. These grasses also provide a billowy movement in the air which is quiet relaxing to listen to if you need some moments of quiet time or relaxation.

10 Decorative Grasses For Your Corporate Property Landscape Service

So what are some popular, drought tolerant ornamental grass varieties for your Corporate and Commercial Landscaping? Here are TEN to consider.

  • Fountain Grass (Pennisetum fireworks)

  • Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina glauca)

  • Dianella tasmanica variegata

  • Chondropetalum tectorum

  • Elymus C.Canyon Prince

  • Carex Hachioensis Evergold

  • Carex Tumulicola

  • Juncus Grass Elk Blue

  • Stipa Tenuissima

  • Phormium Jack Sprat

Need Drought Resistant Landscaping?

Need drought resistant landscaping, visual interest, water wise irrigation and fast fill-ins for that perfect spot in the landscape?, it’s easy to find a good spot for ornamental grasses in your commercial landscape design plans. Take a leap towards sustainability and water conservation and call us.

If you are interested in drought resistant sustainable landscaping, give FloraTerra Landscape Management a call at 408.275.1200 and we will setup a convenient time to discuss your needs.

Request Our FREE Drought Friendly Landscaping Guide 

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FloraTerra  provides community landscaping services and commercial office landscaping in and around the bay area , providing a complete range of services, including sustainable landscape improvements, drought friendly landscaping for Shopping Centers, Retail Mall Landscaping, R & D Developments, Luxury Apartment Landscaping, Residential Estate Landscaping, HOA condominium Landscaping Company, Condominium Developments and Commercial Office Park Landscaping Company, Corporate Campus Landscaping. We provide services throughout the greater bay area.

ABOUT FloraTerra Landscape Management

FloraTerra of Silicon Valley and its affiliates, are based in San Jose, California.  As a leading contractor and Landscape Management Company of commercial and multi-residential properties, since its origin the company and its affiliates have installed and maintain some of the most prestigious properties in the bay area.  For more information about FloraTerra please visit

FloraTerra Landscape Management

1702 Meridian Avenue, Suite L

San Jose, Ca 95125

Office (408) 275-1200

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