If you live where maintaining a green lawn is difficult in the winter months, you may find that it takes some planning to have a year-round lawn. For those who live where the climate is quite arid and hot in the summer and then much colder in the winter, it gets even more complicated.
You have to do some research when planting to make sure the grass you choose will do well in that climate.
Many homeowners who have beautiful lawns, even in poor climates, have figured out a secret. It’s overseeding. Basically, you will have two kinds of grass bloom at different seasons giving the homeowner an enjoyable lawn year-round.
Fall is a great time to change over from one grass to another allowing a winter weather grass to grow.
Popular Warm Weather Grasses
The most popular warm-weather grasses used in the U.S. west are Palmetto St. Augustine, Bermuda including Midiron and Tifway, and Zoysia Grasses. These warm-season grasses will become dormant in the fall and winter.
They turn light brown as the weather cools, but they don’t die. When it warms in the spring, the grasses will begin to again turn green.
When the warm weather grasses go dormant, it will be time to seed your yard with another grass. The most popular overseeding choice is ryegrass.
The best time to do this is in late October but you can overseed in November especially if the low temperatures are not staying below 65 degrees.
When the temperature is steadily below 65 degrees at night, it can stall the germination process needed for the ryegrass to grow. It is important to research and use the proper kind of rye seeds.
The most prevalent is perennial rye which costs more but grows quickly. On the other hand, the annual rye can be less expensive but takes more water to grow. One big plus to ryegrass is that no major pests or bugs usually hinder its growth.
Most beautiful Phoenix lawns use ryegrass in the winter. This annual will have to be replanted each year since it will not survive the summer. It will retain its dark green color until about the middle of May.
It will die off when the temperatures reach 100 degrees. That leaves plenty of room for the summer grass to take over and grow.
Whenever you decide to begin the process of overseeding, you have to stop watering the lawn. Then you need to scalp and thatch the lawn which helps the seeds to plant deep into the soil. After these steps, you seed the lawn by using a spreader or throwing it out equally by hand.
Finally, you have to map out a schedule for watering. In order for the ryegrass to grow well, you need to water for at least 10 – 15 minutes, three times per day for two weeks.
This step is key to germination and getting the grass to grow. Once you get good growth, don’t mow until it reaches at least three inches tall.
Return to Summer Grasses
In the warm months, you can simply scalp the ryegrass in May or June or bring on the end of the ryegrass more rapidly by letting it dry out on the first of May. It will take about two weeks without water to kill the ryegrass.
Then It is important to water the lawn heavily allowing the warm weather grasses like Bermuda to produce new growth providing your summer lawn.
In Arizona and other western states, there is only one season of grass. The only way to have a year-round lawn is by overseeding. If this is not a priority, you can stick with only having one grass per year being the winter grass. Watering would certainly be much less of a task overall.
Your decision may be affected by how much landscaping you have and how much time you spend outdoors enjoying your yard.
If that’s the case, overseeding will give you and your family a year-round green lawn to enjoy together. With just a little planning and expense, overseeding is a great option for a beautiful lawn.