Kurapia Grass (Lippia Nodiflora ‘Kurapia’): Ultimate Care Guide

So, you have that brand new house with a new yard that you want to upgrade.  Or maybe your lawn was not properly cared for and you need to redo it?  Or perhaps you are looking for a ground covering that is low maintenance and that makes your landscape shine?  Maybe you have a large commercial area that you want to make a solid green?  Whatever the reason, there is one particularly fantastic type of grass for you and that is called kurapia grass. 

Kurapia grass was developed in Japan by Dr. H. Kuramochi and is breaded from the lippie nodflora.  It is unable to produce seed compared with other types of grass species.  This kurapia grass is not as invasive either and is a live flowering plant that grows low and dense.  This grass is easy to grow and quite drought tolerant.  This is part of the reason why it has gained so much popularity in the southern and western United States in recent years.

When looking at this gorgeous grass, you will immediately see how green it can be.  Kurapia grass has a strong foundation and can utilized in lawns, roadways, roofs, or public service areas.  While kurapia grass can handle some light foot traffic, it should be used in areas that have a lot of traffic, such as sports fields or playgrounds, since it tends to wear on the grass.  This easy to install kurapia grass does not spread by rhizomes or seeds, so it stays put and does not cover any unintended areas.  Therefore, it is not invasive at all.  In fact, kurapia grass chokes out most weeds quite well.  Therefore, this makes kurapia grass a suitable grass cover for many different climates and climates. 

There are also some varieties to the kurapia grass as it can grow white flowers or pink flowers depending on which kind you purchase.  The white flowers will last for several months, but if you have the money to spend, you may want to invest in the kurapia pink that offers the same features as the white flowers, except in pink.  You can also combine the two and have a luscious pink and white landscape, which will make you the envy of everyone. 

Some of the pros for kurapia grass is the fact that it is so easy to install and tolerates many different conditions including pH levels and does not require a lot of water.  The ideal pH range of this grass is between 4-9.  It also does not require a lot of fertilization, so it can be installed almost anywhere.  It requires little maintenance and grows to be about two inches high, so you will not have to worry about mowing it at all.  Furthermore, it will produce small flowers for a few weeks each year and will attract pollinators to your yard, which can help out if you have other fruiting or flowering plants in your yard.

While there are not too many cons to this luscious grass, if kurapia grass gets too much moisture then it can catch a disease and decay.  To avoid this, it is important to make sure your draining cycle keeps your kuraipa grass as dry as it can.  The kurapia grass can also get damaged if you over-fertilize the grass.  If the climate is capable of getting really cold, you may want to consider a sand cover to protect it.  Also, this kind of grass is better used for areas where there is not as much foot traffic.  Therefore, this kurapia grass is better suited for commercialized areas, smaller green zones, and rooftop areas.  This is not the kind of grass you would use if you were landscaping a playground or park, as the kurapia grass does not handle being stepped on too well.  Therefore, make sure you know what the intended use of the grass is going to be before you decide on either kurapia grass or a typical seasonal grass.

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Kurapia Grass (Lippia Nodiflora ‘Kurapia’)

Kurapia Grass Care

Kurapia grass is extremely easy to care for.  It grows low to the ground and requires very little watering.  As mentioned before, it also does not require a lot of maintenance and mowing.  In order manage any weeds that pop up, you can use a garden tool or cultivator to get them when they are tiny as to make sure they do not bloom.

This perennial grass also does quite well in the sun and thrives even in shaded areas.  When you are first putting in your kurapia grass, be sure to keep the grass moist and a bit apart from direct sunlight while it is in its roll form.  After it is planted, you will need to roll the grass for better aeration.  It is imperative that this grass has proper aeration and filtering system for water, otherwise you may run into some serious problems.

Knowing what kind of soil to use is paramount to having lush landscape.  For the kurapia grass, sandy loam soil is best to use.  Kurapia grass thrives on this soil because the soil helps with soil erosion and provides weed suppression.  A high quality of this soil will help water drain freely as the space allows water to filter out freely down the kurapia roots.  Kurapia grass can also withstand a wide range of pH levels so you will not have worry about your soil being acidic. 

When dealing with watering your kurapia grass, it is best to have a solid irrigation system in place so that the water does not linger and moves freely.  Having sandy soil helps the water with smaller spurts and handles a few cycles a day.  Watering the grass for about five minutes and then wait for a few minutes, then watering again will be enough for this type of grass.  You can use a low water impact rotor for this kind of watering.

The great thing about kurapia grass is that it can handle many different types of temperature.  The grass has become very popular in warmer climates because of how well it can maintain its integrity in droughts and warm weather.  It quite literally is a warm-season outdoor plant, however, kurapia grass does pretty well in colder climates as well.  Studies have shown that the kurapia grass can handle temperatures as low as thirteen degrees Fahrenheit using no insulation.  Additionally, you can add a sand cover to protect it during these winter times. 

For the kurapia grass plug, it is best to use a 12-12-12 formula during the establishment to help expedite coverage.  The shoot growth takes about three weeks after planting, and the fertilizer can be added at this time.  You should apply the fertilizer every two weeks and once it is established, you can optionally feed in the spring or fall.  For the kurapia sod, it is better to use 10-10-10 formula with the feeding coming six weeks after planting.

In order to propagate the landscape, you can mow the grass occasionally with the rotary mower two inches high.  This will allow the grass to grow more densely and the roots to spread.  You can do this once every couple of weeks.  If necessary, you can mow between May and November to control the blooms.  You may also need to use an herbicide to get rid of any weeds that do start to pop up.  One recommended herbicide is a preemergence herbicide like Pennan Magnum.

Kurapia grass will generally max out in size at about two inches off the soil and will not grow so quickly once it is initially planted.  Kurapia grass can take anywhere between 21-30 days to grow, but still needs proper drainage.  However, it is best to keep an eye on any weeds or water issues to ensure that the grass stays healthy.

One of the main issues with kurapia grass is that it is vulnerable to overwatering and over-fertilizing.  This is why it is so important to have the sandy soil and a good irrigation system in place to make sure that the grass does not stay wet for too long.  Kurapia grass is also susceptible to fungal infections, but these can be avoided with regular maintenance and proper water usage.  If you do see signs of fungal infection, be sure to act quickly and use a Humic Acid or some kind of organic feed to keep additional fungal infections away. 

Since the kurapia grass does bloom flowers during specific months of the year, it might be best to mow the flowers down so as not to cause any allergic issues.  Furthermore, bees and other pollenating pests might be lurking nearby, so take precautions if necessary.

Kurapia Hardiness Zones

There are many areas in which kurapia grass can thrive.  Warm climates like California, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada are perfect for this kind of grass.  Places like Canada can hold kurapia grass in certain parts, but need additional sand care to keep their lush green.  It has an enhanced cold tolerance and the USDA Hardiness zone remains unchanged at 7B-15.  But this grass does do better in dryer, warm climate.  You will likely see more of this grass in the southern parts of the United States.

Best Growing Conditions for Kurapia

Kurapia grass is not toxic, but can bring some allergy potential during the months in which it grows small flowers.  It is safe for both cats, dogs, and children.  However, it should not be used anywhere where there is going to be a lot of foot traffic.  Some light walking on the kurapia grass is fine, and if a few kids are playing on it, that is also fine, but too much of it can wear down the grass and cause issues with the irrigation.  This can cause severe problems with the grass and will require some additional maintenance.  Therefore, it is better to use the kurapia grass in open areas that are not going to be used so often. 

Where to Find Kurapia for Sale

The kurapia grass has become exceedingly popular in recent years, especially in areas where there is warmer climate. It used to be considered quite a rare plant, but not anymore.  There are many places where you can find the seeds for kurapia grass.  A five-pound bag of grass seed will generally run you around forty dollars or so, depending on the brand.  It really also depends on how much of the seed you will need and how big of an area you are wanting to fill up with the seeds. 

There are also companies that will save you a lot of hassle and install the soil, seeds, and irrigation system for you.  There are websites like kurapiadirect.com that will do all this for you, for an additional cost of course.  Otherwise, many sellers will sell you seeds like kurapia.com, lawndelivery.com, and ssseeds.com will have tons of options for you for buying kurapia grass.

Kurapia vs Grass

While both of these grasses may seem similar in their size and shape, there are several differences between kurapia and regular grass.  One major difference is that many seasonal grasses do not work all year round, whereas kurapia grass does.  Kurapia grass will stay green all year long, while the annual grasses tend to go dormant during the winter and brown up.  Kurapia grass also handles harsher weather and temperature conditions way better than most other annual grasses. Kurapia grass also does not require as much maintenance as regular seasonal grass does.  Seasonal grass also needs to be mowed way more than kurapia grass.  This makes kurapia grass a great choice for commercial use and city establishments that do not have so much foot traffic on it. 

Both of these grasses have their advantages, but they are used for different purposes.  Kurapia grass is mainly used for smoothing a nice green platform on a designated area, while seasonal grass is used more for parks and playgrounds.  Both require maintenance and a solid rooting system where water can move freely. 

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