Habiturf® - The Ecological Lawn

Life Sciences : Agriculture

Available for non-exclusive licensing


  • Mark Simmons, Ph.D. , Ecosystem Design Group, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Background/unmet need

Drought conditions continue to persist in the Southwestern U.S. and future outlook is for continued levels of reduced rainfall compared to historical norms. The standard turf grasses used for residential and commercial lawns require a great deal of water to maintain their optimal health and appearance.

Invention Description

Researchers at UT Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center have developed a novel blend of grass seed that is specially formulated to grow greener, more lush lawns even under the most extreme weather conditions. The formulation, based on native grasses, has been formulated for rapid establishment, lush growth, and attractive color, all requiring minimal use of water.


  • Minimum watering required
  • Less mowing and weeding
  • Stands up well to moderate foot traffic 


  • A unique blend of native grass seed specifically identified for drought resistance
  • Grows dense and attractive with less maintenance compared to standard turf grass

Market potential/applications

The market for turf grass is directly related to new home construction and road construction. Estimates for 2012 range from $500 million to $2 billion due to the strengthening U.S. economy. 

Development Stage

Commercial product