HABITURF® Pilot Project
Austin Parks Foundation is committed to scientific inquiry and implementation of conservation best practices, and no issue ranks higher on the Central Texas priority list than water conservation.
As our cornerstone water conservation project, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a pilot project to bring HABITURF®, a mix of native grass species, to Austin’s park system.
The first two-acre pilot project is at Alderbrook Park in North Austin. Alderbrook was recently purchased by the City of Austin, and the installation of HABITURF® represents the first phase of improvements for this new public space.
How HABITURF® Can Help
This native mix requires significantly less water than traditional lawns once established making HABITURF® an ideal solution to Texas’ extreme weather conditions. Developed through years of research by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, HABITURF® is dense and attractive, requires less mowing and weeding than traditional lawns, and most importantly–it thrives with minimal watering.
This pilot project is a case study to examine HABITURF®’s viability in a park setting, and we hope it sets an example for public parks, and other public and private spaces, all across Texas and the Southwest.
Learn more about HABITURF®, including the research behind it, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.