Lawn care in Arizona is often misunderstood. A good portion of Arizona’s population is from somewhere else, particularly colder climates. As a result of this, they are often bemused that their lawn which did so well in the Northeastern US does so terribly here. Arizona has an extreme environment, and as a result, grass seed from a cold wet climate will not thrive without a few extra steps that you will have to take.
Lawn Care and Avoiding Mistakes
Lawn care is all about knowing how to adapt to Arizona. One common mistake that people make when they are trying to seed their lawn is planting the wrong sort of grass seed. From the 1950’s to the 1970’s in Arizona for example, Bermuda grass was seeded in a lot of developments as it does well in warm weather climates.
When it is closely trimmed, Bermuda grass is almost indistinguishable from other types of grass, like fescue, rye, or bluegrass. However, using Bermuda grass for a lawn has its own challenges, as any lawn care service can tell you.
Lawn Care Tips
As any lawn care expert knows, Bermuda grass sends out runners that if unchecked can strangle out other plants in your garden or landscaping. If you cut the grass and these runners are entwined in any other plants, the runners will die off, leaving a dried brown matted mess of grass that takes a lot of effort to remove.
Good lawn care is all about the choices you make. Should you plant seed, or lay down sod instead? Both have their pluses and minuses. Grass seed requires that you place ground covering over the top of it. Otherwise, birds will eat up your grass seed before it has a chance to germinate. If you lay down sod, you must make sure you find the balance between too little water or too much. You need enough water for the sod to root, but not so much that it kills the grass.
Both sod and seed require that you have a bit of patience. Sod takes 2-3 weeks to root properly, and until it does, you have a bunch of squares and rectangles on your lawn. Seed requires about a month to germinate. So which is better? Seed or sod? Depends on what you want to do with your lawn. When in doubt call in a lawn care service. They will be able to tell you what will work best.
Green Servpro is a Phoenix lawn care company.
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