Best Strains of Grass for Arizona Lawns

You want a good-looking lawn year-round, and the best way to achieve this is to lay sods that are best suited for the arid Arizona environment. There are a number of drought-resistant, luxurious grass varieties, and like anything, each has its pros and cons; one of the challenges homeowners face is the staggering number of varieties of certain types of grasses. Weeding through masses of information can be downright frustrating, so we’ve done the research for you about the best grass varieties for Arizona lawns.

Sod Groups

The first thing to understand when choosing a grass variety is sod groups. There are two sod groups: Warm Season and Cool Season. These groups are dependent on the time of year you are installing your lawn. Warm Season sods include zoysia, St. Augustine varieties, and Bermuda grasses. Cool season grasses include tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. The majority of Warm Season grasses do not produce seed, so must be installed by sprigging, plugging, or laying sod. If you wish to seed start your lawn or overseed an existing warm season sod, choose a cool season grass variety.

Top Grass Choices

The best and most widely planted grasses in Arizona are Bermuda grasses. Adapted to high sunlight and air temperatures, salty, shallow soils, and heavy traffic, Bermuda grasses are excellent for low-lying desert areas. There are several popular Bermuda grass varieties that are commercially sold; Bermuda grasses also perform well in the higher elevations (3,500 – 4,800 feet). Bermuda grasses are not shade tolerant. For areas that receive constant shade or experience summer temperatures below 80º Fahrenheit, we recommend St. Augustine grass varieties.

Midiron

Midiron is a great all-purpose grass. A bright green, low-maintenance turf with a medium to dense growth habit, Midiron is the most popular turf grass in Arizona. In the winter Midiron enters a dormant state, so in desert valley areas such as Tucson, Yuma, and Phoenix, it is often overseeded with perennial ryegrass in late summer/early fall to create a lush lawn year-round. Midiron can be mowed with a rotary mower and is happy with heights ranging between 1.5 to two inches, though it can withstand cropping as short as ½ an inch with a reel mower.

Tifway and Tifway II

These varieties have a finer blade and deeper color than Midiron, and can tolerate a low mowing height, which is best achieved with a reel mower. Often used on sports fields and golf courses, the Tifway varieties are also excellent for home lawns. Tifway is a fast-growing grass, requiring two to three mowings per week to look its best; it is tolerant of heights up to 2.5 inches. Though Tifway requires more frequent mowing, it is highly desirable, as it can be mowed with a rotary mower and taller grass heights require less frequent watering.

Palmetto St. Augustine

A semi-dwarf St. Augustine variety, Palmetto is excellent for both shady and sunny areas and is the most heat-tolerant of all the St. Augustine cultivars. Palmetto has a coarse texture and a broad blade; it is best mowed with a rotary mower and does well with heights up to 2.5 inches.

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The Best Flowers for Arizona Weather

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Flowers are a great way to add color and vibrancy to your life. With just a little research and preparation, you can plant and grow flowers in your own yard with relative ease. One of the most important aspects to growing healthy and beautiful flowers is picking the right flowers for the ecosystem in which you live. So before you decide on the flowers you want to plant in your yard, find out which ones grow here naturally. Here is a list of some of the most appropriate flowers for a garden in Arizona.

Petunias

Petunias are perfect for the climate in Arizona, as they do not grow well in conditions of high humidity and frequent rains. This widely recognized flower can come in all colors and sizes. But regardless of the color they take as they bloom, you can be sure that a petunia is as vibrant as they come.

Marigold

These are some of the most unique and vibrant flowers that you will ever come across. They consist of tight clusters of richly colored flowers in the hues of maroon, orange, yellow and cream. They are incredibly easy to grow in the desert from little seedlings into massive flower plants.

Hibiscus

The hibiscus flower is a resilient one that can grow equally well under full sunlight or part shade. These are special because there are so many strains of the flower that you can plant countless hibiscus flowers and still achieve a flowerbed of great variety. It is important to note that this flower will attract bees, but the world could use some bees!

Brittle Bush

If you live in Arizona, then you will most certainly recognize this colorful bush. It prospers under the sunniest conditions and needs hardly any water. Because of these qualities, these bushes grow wild throughout the state, so planting them in your garden will be a piece of cake. One of the greatest attributes of the brittle bush is the amazing smell of sage that it strongly radiates. That makes this flower a relaxing presence through its wonderful visual and olfactory appeal.

Brighten Your Yard

A flowerbed filled with one or all of these flowers is something that can go a long way in brightening your day and providing a sense of accomplishment. Really, what you are looking for is a flower that is resistant to heat, does not require much water or rich soil, and grows best with full days of sun. There are many more species of flowers that fit this description, so get out there and find the species that suit you the best!

Guide To Making A Great Desert Landscape

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Spring is the perfect time to start getting creative and innovative with your landscaping. While many people, especially newcomers to the Arizona area, think that desert landscaping is made up entirely of sand and rocks, it is far from a stark, barren look. Many desert landscapes are gorgeous areas full of vibrant plant life and more.

Look at your property as an opportunity, not a challenge. Because of our warm environment all year round, it is the perfect place to spend a lot of time outdoors. This short guide can help you get started on your way to a wonderful desert landscape.

Soil Preparation

The first step for a great landscape is soil preparation to help your plants thrive. Our desert soil is generally coarse and contains very little organic ingredients. You should do a soil test to determine the types and amounts of supplements you will need. Additionally, make sure your drainage is proper, as desert plants can experience root rot should then get too much moisture. Additionally, you want to make sure that your irrigation system is efficient. Because water is precious in the desert, using the best, most effective irrigation is important to both your plants and the environment. It is also a good idea to consider covering your planting beds with mulch, either with gravel or organic substances such as bark.

Choose Plants Native to the Desert

Growing plants that are native to our desert climate will help ensure a successful beautiful landscape. You will find that these types of plants are drought-tolerant and low maintenance. And don’t worry — there is an incredible selection of beautiful desert plants.

Choose the Best Planting Times

In Arizona, the optimal time to plant is autumn. This is because the soils will hold heat, promoting root growth, as well as temperatures that are more consistent.

Lawn Alternatives

Because of the dry environment, you may find keeping a natural lawn green a chore. You may want to consider installing a synthetic lawn. These are very pet and child friendly, and with today’s modern artificial lawns, you will find them very natural looking and low maintenance.

At New Image Landscaping, our staff is very knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to desert landscaping. Please give us a call or stop by to discuss how you can get the very best looking landscape!