The use of Kentucky bluegrass turf is prevalent in landscaping, due to its ease of growth and low-cost installation. However, this turf requires substantial amounts of supplemental water. Try being more water conscious and consider a turf alternative, such as Buffalo grass.
When it provides a functional benefit, Kentucky bluegrass has its place in a low-water landscape - such as a play area. It, however, should be kept to a minimum. There are many alternatives to an entire lawn of bluegrass. Where turf is appropriate, the use of a low-water turf grass is often recommended.
Buffalo grass, for example, uses 60 to 80 percent less water than Kentucky bluegrass. Products like Dog-Tuff are designed for minimal mowing with some resistance to dog urine. Also, artificial turf has begun to make its way to many homeowner's yards.
Consider using walkways, decks or patios in place of turf in high-foot traffic areas.
Substitute ground covers or other low-water plants for Kentucky bluegrass in areas where grass is difficult to establish or maintain - such as shade, narrow strips or steep slopes.