During the summer, Arizona gets hot—really hot—and it can be hard to grow grass in Arizona in general, let alone keep your lawn looking green and healthy. However, if you use the correct grass seed and plant during the right time, your lawn can look lush and vibrant year-round.
Planting for the Season
Arizona has two main seasons: summer, where the weather is usually in triple digits and your lawn will need plenty of water to survive, and winter, when temperatures cool down and many plants go dormant. Specific grass seeds thrive in each season.
In the fall, you will want to plant perennial ryegrass seeds. This type of grass grows well in the winter and will die out in the warm weather, which is when Bermuda grass usually wakes up from its dormant period.
You will need to replant perennial rye seeds each fall since it dies in the summer. The best time to plant these seeds is when the overnight temperatures consistently stay below 65 degrees. This is usually mid-October. If you plant too early, the hot temperatures can kill the seedlings, but if you wait too long, the cold weather can prevent the seedlings from germinating.
How to Seed Your Lawn
The first step to seeding your lawn, and growing grass in Arizona, is to mow the existing grass. You will want to mow it to between a quarter inch and a half inch tall and make sure all debris is removed so that the seeds can more easily grow into the soil.
After you mow your lawn, you will want to spread the seeds. The best way to do this is to spread the seed in two different directions. That way you can prevent too much overlap which would lead to uneven patches of thick grass.
After you spread the seed, you will want to spread a fertilizer to help the seedlings germinate. The fertilizers for new grass seed are either a 6-20-20 or a 15-15-15 mix. After you fertilize, you need to make sure your yard stays well-watered so that the grass can grow. The seeds will take seven to ten days to germinate, and during this time you want to make sure your lawn is moist and that there are no dry spots or puddles.
Once the seeds reach about an inch in height, you can reduce the watering to two to three times a day. After about two weeks, you can reduce the watering to once a day, and once the lawn has been established, you only need to water as needed. The best way to make sure your lawn is getting enough water is by using a probe. If you cannot easily stick the probe 10 inches into the soil, you need to water your yard more frequently.
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