FAQ

What are some of the basic benefits of Kurapia?

Kurapia is a planted groundcover with very unique features such as extreme drought tolerance, very low maintenance and a rapid establishment period. The thick rooting clusters of the Kurapia plant make it an excellent erosion control measure as well. Another benefit is that Kurapia tolerates high levels of salinity, making it especially useful at sites that use reclaimed water for irrigation.

Does Kurapia qualify for turf removal rebates?

Kurapia may qualify for rebate programs because it is uses very little water. However, we recommend to check directly with your rebate program to confirm.

How is Kurapia installed?

In plug form Kurapia is installed in a grid pattern.  We recommended a plug spacing of 18“ on center to get full coverage in 3 months.  Kurapia sod is installed just like turf sod and offers the convenience of immediate full coverage of an area.

How does it spread?

Anywhere Kurapia touches the soil it will root down from the surface level. It does not spread by Rhizomes or seeds, so you never have to worry about Kurapia growing in unwanted areas.

Is Kurapia invasive?

Kurapia is a sterile cultivar, so it does not produce any viable seed. Its vegetative spread can be controlled with barriers such as concrete or bender board. Kurapia was determined to be non-invasive as screened by UC Davis researchers using a weed risk assessment tool.

How tall does it grow?

Kurapia only grows 1” – 2” high. Mowing is optional.

Does it control weeds? Erosion?

Yes, it does both! Kurapia has a thick root system that works to control erosion and it chokes weeds out after it is fully established.

Does it flower?

Yes, Kurapia has a long blooming season (May through October) which produces small white flowers.  Although Kurapia does not re-seed, the flowers are very attractive to pollinators! With the current drought your planting of Kurapia will help your pollinators and in turn your garden’s health. If you would prefer not to have flowers, simply prune or mow the floral bursts off of your Kurapia.

What kind of irrigation does Kurapia need?

Kurapia works great with either drip or overhead irrigation.

Should I mulch between Kurapia plugs?

Although mulch has many benefits in a landscape, Kurapia needs access to bare soil in order to spread its growth.  Mulch will slow down the time it takes Kurapia plugs to fill in an area considerably.

What kind of sun exposure does Kurapia tolerate?

Kurapia grows best in full sun exposure but will tolerate partial shade. We do not recommend planting plugs in full shade.

What temperatures will Kurapia tolerate?

Kurapia can tolerate steady temperatures as high as 120°F and it thrives in the heat. Kurapia has been shown to survive temperature drops as low as 13°F but will not tolerate consistently cold temperatures.

What is Kurapia’s pH and salinity tolerance?

Kurapia tolerates extremely high levels of pH and salinity in both soils and water. It has been shown to survive a pH as high as 12 and salinity up to EC 15ds/m, but its growth was significantly slower.  The ideal levels for Kurapia are pH 4-9 and a salinity up to EC 7ds/m.

Is it safe for pets?

Kurapia is a completely natural groundcover and does not pose any threat to pets. It is very pet friendly, even edible, although we are told that snails do not like its taste. That’s a good thing!

How much water will I save with Kurapia over turf?

Research at UC Riverside found that out of 20 turf species tested, Kurapia retained the best color and coverage when watered with only 40% of normal lawn irrigation and 20% ETo by drip irrigation as studied by UC Davis. The water savings can be up to 80% when compared to tall fescue.

Does Kurapia have a dormancy period?

Kurapia is evergreen. Kurapia in California will stay green all winter when warm season grasses like St. Augustine go dormant. It does not have a dormancy period. However, if temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees Fahrenheit Kurapia will gradually, not immediately, go dormant.  Kurapia will survive in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

What kind of maintenance does Kurapia require? Do I need to mow it?

Kurapia requires minimum maintenance. You may want to trim around the edges where you would like to stop its spreading growth but because it reaches a maximum height of only 1”-2”, mowing is completely optional. If you want a more traditional turf-like appearance or you want to remove the flowers, Kurapia can be pruned or mowed once a month.

How much foot traffic can Kurapia handle?

Kurapia easily supports light traffic. Kurapia is not recommended for sports fields or areas of heavy foot traffic, but can definitely hold up in your front and back yard.

What kind of soil does Kurapia need?

Kurapia can grow in most soil types, although it does prefer a well-draining soil, such as sandy loam.

Does Kurapia need fertilizer?

To promote its flowering growth during the spring you can apply some nitrogen fertilizer.  To retain a lush green color during the fall we recommend applying higher levels of a phosphate based fertilizer. In general, we recommend applying a balanced fertilizer once a year at ½ lb. to 1 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft.

Can I cancel my order?

Any order that has not already been shipped can be canceled and refunded. Refunds are only issued under qualifying conditions and are subject to a 6% processing fee calculated from the order total.

How long will my refund take?

Refunds are submitted the day of the request and you will receive the funds within 5-10 business days.

 

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