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mykiddy

Thank you so for your response. The site is very sunny, and dry. How do you tell if the soil is well draining?

   
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Well-draining soil - when you water it or it rains, water rarely stands at all, unless a very heavy amount. Then when the soil dries up, it rarely if ever shows cracks.

As to 'Regal Mist' or gulf muhly grass - I've used it and countless others have in my region for well over 10 years. Usually does great, but it's native to well-drained areas near the gulf coast into the southeast - over 10X the average yearly rainfall of Pahrump (6X that of El Paso or Albuquerque). It's not even a desert plant like some other grasses, many cacti & yuccas, etc, so best for a more-watered oasis...though it still loves the heat.

So, water deeply every 1-2 weeks in the warmer months, and at least monthly in winter if it isn't raining. That will depend on if your soil is well-draining, poorly-draining, or somewhere in-between.

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smittycdm
'Pink Muhly' does very well in Zone 9, if the soil is semi-well draining, and people DO NOT overwater. Also, if it is in full sun. Not planted next to Iceberg Roses, etc. :))
   

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