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THE only time I wanted the KURAPIA was the inital week of planting

A testimonial from homeowner

After the planting, I was worried a couple times last summer that the heat and dryness would kill the plants. I attempted to fix my sprinkler system and give the plants a drink, but the location gets significant foot traffic from kids and the cars parking along the street. Hence I was not able to water them due to broken sprinklers. And to my surprise the Kurapia continued to thrive through the summer, fall, and winter.

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M. B.
Venice Beach, CA

Kurapia & EcoTech Service, has provided excellent service & support

After extensive Research and investigation Kurapia was chosen for my projects for the following reasons: aesthetics (appearance), growth habit, drought tolerance, erosion control, weed suppression, disease resistance, maintenance aspects, foremost and most importantly – water conservation with reduction of water usage.

In choosing Kurapia, a close nit, low growing groundcover - turf replacement with a good, dark green appearance was sought after. Performance was very important. Kurapia needed to thrive in a diversity of soil types and conditions. Kurapia meets these criteria with even more benefits.

I believe Kurapia will revolutionize the landscape industry in erosion control, functionality, multi diversity usage, and help save our most precious resource – WATER. Kurapia is good for the environment and promotes our increasingly disappearing beneficial pollinators.

Kurapia & EcoTech Service, has provided excellent service & support.

El Cajon, CA

Mark Runk
G&R Engineering
El Cajon, CA

By Colleen Holmes President of New Leaf Landscape.

We can say that we fully believe in this product and the future it has as becoming the leading turf and groundcover alternative. We have seen the results first hand and definitely look forward to installing it on all of our future products.

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Testimonial of New Leaf Landscape

by Colleen Holmes President of New Leaf Landscape.

Kurapia is a great option where you need a groundcover that won’t get irrigated

The Davis Enterprise, a community newspaper from Davis in Yolo County released an article on Oct. 24th, 2014 titled: ‘How low-water can our landscapes go?’ The article reported on a study conducted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension researchers, Loren Oki and Karrie Reid where they tested a variety of plants ability to survive and thrive with varying levels of water. Kurapia was among them. On Kurapia, Reid says “Kurapia is a great option where you need a groundcover that won’t get irrigated. I think it will be great in what they call ‘hell strips’ or the area between the sidewalk and the street, where it is notoriously difficult to grow anything. Kurapia will do just fine there! Homeowners may want to consider using it as a lawn replacement, too.” According to a California Department of Resource study, 53% of our household water goes towards irrigating our landscapes. So, when it comes to water, cutting back in our outdoor spaces is an obvious first step, and Kurapia is here to help!

USC Researchers

University of California
Agriculture and Natural
Resources researchers
Loren Oki and Karrie Reid.
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Property owners association in Los Angeles recommended KURAPIA as a water-wise parkway landscape alternatives

Los Angeles - Property Owners Association

Water Issues

  • California is in a historic drought. Depleted aquifers can take decades to replenish.
  • What we pay for scarce water in LA can be viewed as cheap. This will not last.
  • Municipalities have been increasing both water restrictions and the cost of water.
  • Even if El Niño 2015 brings heavy rains, it will not end California’s drought problems.
  • We need to conserve water in every way possible, for the environment, and our budgets.
  • Parkways
  • The turf that remains on most of our parkways (and lawns) in not water-wise.
  • Because of water restrictions, many residents have stopped watering their parkways which are now browning or dead.
  • Even though LA parkways are City property, homeowners are required to maintain them.
  • Consider replacing parkway grass (and, possibly, front lawns) with better choices.
  • LA maintains a limited list1 of selected approved plants for parkways. Using other plants or using other cover (bark mulch, rocks, decomposed granite, synthetic/artificial turf, etc) is not recommended by us, may be dangerous and requires permits and meaningful permit fees.
  • Property owners are of course free to leave existing parkway plants in place or contract for their replacement as each owner sees fit, within City guidelines. Replacing lawns at the same time would, presumably, involve cost efficiencies.
  • There are several ways to remove existing turf. We suggest avoiding herbicides which run off into the ocean. We are informed that the simplest method is to first stop watering and allow the grass to die, then water the parkway (to soften the soil) one week prior to grass removal with a pick and shovel. Prior to installing any new plants, homeowners may wish to investigate additional water efficiencies afforded by surface or sub-surface drip irrigation as a modification to existing sprinklers. Re-planting in late October or November at the earliest is preferable as it should be cooler and therefore less stress on new plants. Note that even drought tolerant plants will need regular water until established.
  • After extensive research, we feel the following groundcovers are the best city-approved alternatives which: require little to very little water; are suitable for our local soil; do well in various sun/shade exposures; take some foot traffic; are low enough (or can be mowed/trimmed) to allow car doors to open; do not have winter or summer dormancy (turn brown); and, will keep the neighborhood attractive year- round. Plants appear alphabetically:
  • Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) - a California native.
  • Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - several California native cultivars are available. o Kurapia (Phyla nodiflora ‘Kurapia’) - in the form of the Kurapia patented cultivar.
  • Existing street trees need special consideration. Please note that, whatever plants you choose, they are best left about 24” from the base of street tree trunks and, whatever irrigation you use, street trees need to be provided with appropriate water or they will eventually die.