Newbie-Best lawn for So Cal hot
Ok so I live in Southern California in the Northern part of Los Angeles--Hot summers, mild winters. We get frost maybe 2-3 days a year in the winter. The summers are hot and pretty dry.
After reading as much as I can, I must say I'm thoroughly confused. I want to do some entertaining on my lawn. I would like to do some Hawaiian luau's where people sit on the grass, old fashioned style. So I want a lawn that is dense and carpet-like. I saw a putting green and was so impressed, I thought I wanted something like that. The putting green sites list creeping bent grass as the species. Yet, some forums here, people are cursing it. Also, the putting green people say you have to have special, expensive lawn mowers for creeping bent grass and on and on.
Is there are good species of grass for my climate that will give me a fine, dense carpet-like lawn--AND that is not going to require me to purchase highly specialized mowers to maintain it?