Arizona Lawn Maintenance During the Winter

While nice looking lawns may not be feasible in most parts of the country during the winter, Arizona has the ideal climate for enjoying lush green lawns year-round. There are several Arizona lawn maintenance tips you can do to ensure that your lawn looks healthy throughout the winter, including choosing the correct grass, overseeding, watering the correct amount, and using fertilizer.

Choose the Correct Grass

There are several varieties of sod and each is suited for a different environment. You will have the most success with damage-resistant species that do well in Arizona’s harsh climate, such as Midiron, Tifway, Tifgreen, and Palmetto St. Augustine. Midiron is the most durable of the grasses, while Palmetto St. Augustine would require a bit more attention.

Overseed Your Lawn for the Winter

At the end of summer, you should be sure to overseed your summer lawn with perennial ryegrass. The perennial ryegrass will help keep your lawn looking lush and green when your summer Bermuda grass is dormant.

Adjust Your Watering Schedule

During the summer your lawn will need frequent watering to stay lush and alive. During the winter, your grass will still need water, but not as much. You only need to water your lawn every few days, and you can test whether your lawn needs watering by sticking a screwdriver in the ground. You want the water to soak down into the soil 4 to 6 inches deep. Anything deeper than that will not be used by the grass.

Adjust Your Fertilizing Frequency

During the winter you will also not need to fertilize as frequently. In general, you should fertilize your lawn once a month using 21-7-14 fertilizer.

Contact Us for Your Arizona Lawn Maintenance

These are just a few Arizona lawn maintenance tips for keeping your lawn looking green and healthy all winter long. If you would like more help with keeping your lawn alive during the winter, contact us today. Our team of gardeners offers landscaping services and maintenance for your lawn. We can help you maintain a healthy lawn during the winter or a design a new lawn for you that incorporates a variety of perennial plants to keep your yard looking alive and healthy year-round.

Our team has been working in Arizona for more than 30 years and we are experts in plants that grow in the region’s unique climate. Please contact us today and we will help you build and maintain your lawn’s health.

How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds

Weeds are unwanted plants that pop up in your yard, and a little bit of rain and some sunshine are all they need to take over your yard. Weed seeds can end up in your yard by wind or from birds, and there are two types of weeds: annuals and perennials. Annuals grow, flower, drop their seeds, and die in one season. Perennials can keep popping up in your yard for several years. There are different types of weed management depending on the type of lawn weeds in your yard. Here are some tips on how to control these pests.

Mechanical Removal of Lawn Weeds

If you only have a few weeds in a small contained area, most likely the easiest way to manage them is to pull them out with your hands, hoes, or shovels.

Post-Emergent Herbicide

If weeds are growing in a gravel area, you can use post-emergent herbicide to kill both annual and perennial weeds. Post-emergent herbicides are sprayed on weeds that have already popped up; the most common product for this is Roundup. However, if there are other plants in the area, they will also be killed by Roundup, which is why it is mostly used in gravel areas where no other plants are growing.

If you are looking for a natural weed killer, try mixing vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle. Gently mix one gallon of vinegar (5% acetic acid) with one teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray on your weeds and the vinegar will suck all the water out of the plant, killing it. However, this spray is non-selective, so make sure you don’t spray any plants you want to keep.

Grassy Areas

The best lawn weeds control in grassy areas is simply maintaining a healthy lawn. Turf will displace most weeds, and regular mowing of your lawn will remove any weeds that do pop up. If you want to use a chemical weed control on your lawn, only do so on well-established areas, as new grass and grass seeds can be damaged by weed control chemicals.

If you need help with weed management or are looking for landscaping and maintenance services for your yard or pool, then please contact us. Our team can come by once a week to take care of your mowing, weeding, fertilizing, edging, and shrub care needs. If you are looking for new landscaping for your home, we offer 3D landscape designs, and we can also build brick structures such as fire pits, outdoor kitchen, and walkways. Please contact us for more information on rates, services, and our design work.

Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Although it may already feel like spring out there, the nights still get cold enough to allow for the fact that we are still deep in the heart of winter. Daytime temps in the 70s will bring bragging rights followed by jealousy from our eastern friends and family, and the urge to spend as much time outside as possible before the dog days of summer arrive make this the perfect time to start getting your lawn ready for spring! So, pull out your shorts and gardening shoes, grab a hat and some gloves, and let’s get out there and enjoy the weather—um, we mean, start preparing your lawn for spring!

Three Types of Arizona Gardeners

First, to begin getting your lawn ready for spring we need to determine which of the three types of lawn owners you are: one who over seeds with winter rye, one who lets their lawn go dormant, or one who has decided that a true desert landscape is the ONLY way to landscape the area around your house! For the latter type, you can close your laptop right now, pour yourself a drink, and head out to the patio with a good book; this article isn’t for you! Everyone else, keep reading. You will have plenty of time for a drink in just a few short hours!

For Over Seeded Lawns

This is the time of year that you may notice a change in your lush and green winter rye. With the warmer temps, the rye is starting to die out. Start by lowering the blade on your mower in increments, cutting more of the winter rye and leaving room for the heat and sun to get to your dormant lawn. Aerating can help with the process, but its important you don’t do it too soon; waiting until May is the best time. Next, you will want to reduce your watering time for about a week. Don’t stop watering, though, as your summer lawn still needs the moisture. As your rye is dying out, this is when you should consider fertilizer, being sure to use one that contains a high amount of ammonium sulfate, which will help weaken your rye while ensuring your summer lawn comes in green and beautiful.

Lawns That Have Gone Dormant

Want to know a secret? For those who have taken the winter off and just let their lawn go dormant, your spring lawn prep is almost as easy as those with desert landscape! Simply rake away the dead grass, wait until the nighttime temperatures reach at least 65 degrees for five nights in a row, and increase your watering time to 15-20 minutes per session. You can fertilize your grass now with a turf fertilizer, and when it starts growing in, start using an iron rich fertilizer to deepen the green. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

Final Step

This is also the time when you may start thinking about adding some hardscape, flowers, or even a pool after your spring lawn prep. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment with us to discuss your lawn options!