After 2 years of analysis and reading up on lawn options, we decided to go with the eco-lawn.
My first choice all along was the U C Verde Buffalo grass. But a lot has changed since the idea was first rooted in my head, and the biggest one has been the "budget" as you have heard many a times before. As much as i loved everything about the U C Verde, it was way outside the range of what we could afford at this point. I wasn't ready to shrink the size of the lawn in the backyard or live with other alternatives. The eco-lawn is fairly in-expensive in comparison and seems to be doing well so far.
We started off with a clean slate. The lawn is covering the same area where the pool was and we made sure this place was prepped up well.
We had lots of rocks/concrete and bricks all over the garden. Not to mention the clayey soil that is present all over the bay area
We roto-tilled the area well, and added a nice chunk of compost into the clay and a couple of inches of just pure compost on the top. Into it went the seeds of the eco-lawn.
I hope to diligently track it's progress here every week (as you might see, I am writing about week 0 after week 1....so much for my diligence)...possibly watch the grass grow sipping glass of lemonade on the shade.