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When talking to your landscaper about keeping your lawn green all year long they will probably suggest planting two types of grass: Bermuda and Rye. If you are not familiar with the Arizona climate you may wonder why you have to think about two different types of grass. It is because of the climate and lack of water; we need two types of grass to have a green lawn all year. Here is what you need to know about both types of grass.
Bermuda grass is lawn grass for the typical Arizona summer. Bermuda stays alive during the desert’s hottest weather as long as it has sufficient water. During winter it becomes dormant and looks dead, but below the surface it is alive and waiting for warmer weather. Bermuda usually begins to go into its dormant cycle in September and comes out of it in May.
The advantage of Bermuda’s life cycle is that it does not have to be replanted every year. If a winter lawn is desired, different grass can be planted over the dormant Bermuda grass. Then, when high afternoon temperatures start to kill the winter lawn, the Bermuda grass begins to grow again. What kind of grass should be planted in the winter in order to have a green lawn? That is where Rye grass comes in.
Rye grass is lawn grass for the Phoenix area in the winter. Rye grows well in the cooler winter months but will not survive the summer heat. Rye grass stays a dark green color until the middle of May, but then it quickly dies as daytime temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore it needs to be replanted every fall in the middle of October. Rye grass can be planted directly over the dormant Bermuda grass.
Choosing a Ryegrass Type
Rye grass comes in two types; perennial and annual. In the lower desert (the Phoenix/Tempe area), both types can be considered “annual” because the summer heat kills both of them. Perennial Rye grass is more expensive than annual, but the extra cost is generally worth it if you want a beautiful lawn. Perennial Rye germinates faster, has a finer leaf texture, has a darker green color and is more vigorous than annual rye grass.
So when you think about having a nice green lawn all year round in the Phoenix area, remember that the two temperature ranges requires two types of grass. Take the time to discuss your lawn with your landscaper; you will find that they are very willing to help you have that green lawn with as little trouble as possible.
If you haven’t already began your Spring lawn care in Phoenix, April is the time to start so you can enjoy lush, green grass around your home or in your backyard for the Summer. Spring is the time to stop summer weeds in their tracks but spreading pre-emergence herbicide to stop weeds before they began to sprout. This will also help control crabgrass. For the best results, pre-emergence herbicides should be spread on your lawn as early as possible in the Spring so it has the longest period of time to work against weeds.
Spring is also time to begin fertilizing your lawn. A professional landscaper can test your lawn to tell you what you need to fertilize, since grass grows between an optimal pH balance. You will need to use fertilizer with lime to raise the pH if it too low or sulfur to lower the pH if it is too high.
If your lawn has already began to start growing, its time to dust off the lawn mower and begin mowing. You don’t want to let your lawn go early in Spring, as thatch can build up and ruin your lawn. Thatch is a layer of old, dead grass that can build up and prevent air, water and the needed nutrients from arriving to your lawn’s roots. Always remove thatch before the grass really starts to grow going into late Spring and Summer.
For more lawn care tips or to have Corona Landscape keep your lawn on schedule this Spring and Summer, contact us today.
Phoenix Landscape and horticultural services encompass a wide range of services. Included in this category are companies that engage in Phoenix landscape design, soil prep and grading, irrigation systems installation and maintenance and tree, shrub and grass planting. Phoenix landscape and horticultural services also encompasses landscape maintenance, arborist services which include tree trimming and line clearance.
It is important as a homeowner to ask your Phoenix landscape company if they are complying with all safety regulations and wearing personal protective equipment to ensure no one gets hurt on the job or any underground utility lines are damaged while they are providing services on your property. For more information on Phoenix landscape safety, take a look at the Center for Research and Occupational & Environmental Toxicology, who provides OSHA-based landscape safety guidelines and tips.
For Phoenix landscape services, contact Corona Landscape today. We provide landscape maintenance services in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo.