About two weeks ago I sent Santa Barbara View this photo of the contrast between the lawn at Chase Palm park and Fess Parker’s resort. Shortly thereafter I saw similar reports on KEYT news and Noozhawk. I also watched the city council meeting and Mayor Schneider brought up this very issue.
So it was very surprising to see a different scene last week. Instead of the lawn at Fess Parker looking dryer, the lawn at Chase Palm park is now green.
I did a little test of the hotel lawn. Notice the height of the grass above the curb across the street. The grass is kikuya, considered a noxious weed in some areas of the country. It is on both sides of Cabrillo and in most parks in the city. Kikuya gets thick and spongy after a few years, as is the lawn in front of the hotel. I made a hole to check the soil, through two inches of matted grass I could feel wet soil. In some places the grass is more like four inches thick. They must be putting a lot of water on it in order to penetrate the thick mat.
Drought, what drought?