Creating an Eco-Friendly Yard

November 1st, 2016

You can have a lush green yard and still make it eco-friendly. Here are some tips on creating an eco-friendly yard in Arizona.

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Things to Avoid

While pesticides and herbicides are a quick, effective approach to lawn maintenance, you may be interested in methods that are a bit kinder to the environment, and to the family pets who explore the outside world with their noses and mouths. Instead, opt for:

  • Pulling weeds manually. It doesn’t have to be a hassle if you commit to a regular schedule. As an added bonus, you’ll get a great workout!
  • Natural herbicides like hot water, table salt, vinegar, or essential oils like cinnamon, clove or citrus. Simply pour or spray over unsightly weeds.
  • Take the garlic and onion from your garden and return it to the Earth as a pesticide. Pulse one whole onion and one clove of garlic in a food processor then add one quart of water. Use the diffused water as a plant spray. (Note: dogs should not eat onions. They are toxic to them.)

Taking the First Step

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed when restructuring your lawn to be more environmentally friendly. Implement one or two easy changes and build upon your eco-friendly yard from there.

  1. Harvest rainwater to naturally hydrate your plants. Because rainwater contains less salt and more nitrogen, it’s a healthier choice than tap water. Create a basin to allow for collection and optimal saturation.
  2. Be a smarter waterer. Take the time to learn the specific water needs of each plant in your yard as they’re not all created equal. Use a soaker hose rather than a sprinkler to cut water usage up to 50%. Water earlier in the day to minimize evaporation.
  3. Create a compost bin to nourish your garden, aerate soil, and decrease your contribution to local landfills. Fill the compost with items such as: fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and used filters, tissues, paper towels, egg shells, and shredded paper.

Choose Plants Wisely

Even if you keep your lawn in immaculate condition, the fact is some plants are better than others in terms of maintenance and the environmental impact made by watering and fertilizing.

  • Indigenous trees and flowers require less care than plants that aren’t native to Arizona. Find the right plants for your yard and you’ll see them thrive without much work on your part.
  • Utilize companion planting as a way to optimize small garden space and promote healthy growth. Companion plants also create healthy soil and discourage unwanted pests from settling in the area. Some examples of companion plants are:
    • Roses and garlic to act as a natural pest repellent.
    • Carrots and leeks due to the smells of each.
    • Chives and tomatoes—the former protects the latter.
    • Cucumbers, radishes, and dill keep cucumber beetles away from the whole bunch.
    • Carrots and spring onions—a mutually beneficial match.
  • Attract pollinators with specific flower species.
    • Butterflies love bright hues of yellow, red, orange and purple along with flowers with flat blossoms. They also flock to fallen fruit, so don’t be afraid to leave it on the ground—it’s great butterfly food and a natural compost.
    • Bees are attracted to the natural pollen and nectar of wildflowers and bright flowers that grow singly rather than together.

If you need sod in Phoenix or Tucson, or surrounding areas of Arizona, contact us today.

How to Attract Bees to Your Yard

November 1st, 2016

Bees are beneficial in many ways, which is exactly why you should consider attracting more bees to your own yard. Intrigued?  Read on to learn more about the importance of bees, and how to attract bees to your yard!

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Why Are Bees Important?

From the pretty petals you like to pick up and smell to the fruits and veggies that are the root of your home garden, many of the plants you encounter on a daily basis needed a little help getting going.

Pollination is the process whereby pollen is transferred from the male part of the flower (the stamen) to the female part (the stigma).  When boy meets girl, seedlings begin to grow.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Because these two parts of the flower don’t connect naturally, the pollen needs a little help getting from one spot to the other.  This is where bees come into play.

When bees stop by to smell the roses (or any other flower), the plant’s pollen collects on the body of the bee.  As the bee wanders around the petals, the pollen falls of its body, distributing this seed-creating substance from the stamen to the stigma.  There are literally dozens of foods and plants we may not ever even know about if it weren’t for the handy assistance of bees helping to pollenate the flowers.

Why Are Bees in Danger?

Over the last decade or so, a few bee scares have hit the headlines.  On a number of occurrences, massive numbers of bees died seemingly simultaneously, causing widespread alarm, if not panic, in parts of the country.

As it turns out, the death of bee populations doesn’t necessarily signify the end of the world, but it does raise a red flag of awareness.  MSNBC explored Why we can’t stop panicking about the honeybees last year in an interesting article that explores the recent spike in bee deaths.

In the end, it seems bees’ lives changed dramatically when they became commercialized worker bees, so to speak.  Once upon a time, bees could frolic and pollinate small, organic, diverse fields to their hearts’ content.  In today’s world, they’re exposed to plenty of chemicals and pesticides; meanwhile, their natural habitats are diminishing.

How to Welcome Bees into Your Yard

Ready to create a buzzworthy habitat for your favorite pollinating property guests?  It doesn’t take a ton of work to welcome bees into your yard, but you’ll likely notice a big change in your ecosystem’s happiness shortly.  Foods and plants that produce flowers will roll out the red carpet for your stinger-wielding, winged friends.

Consider planting these flowers and plants:

  • In the Garden: Peas, squash, eggplant, broccoli, cucumbers, watermelons, and pumpkins
  • Around the Yard: Pear, plum, and apple trees
  • Sweet Finishes: Raspberries, blackberries, and gooseberries

Use chemical-free pesticides.  As we discussed, chemicals and pesticides have been major contributors to the decline of bee populations.  Chemical-free plants equal happy bees, so go organic, and stick to a more natural way of life.  Your bees will thank you.

Make a Bee Shelter.  Bee pots are easy to make, and they provide great refuge for hardworking pollinators.  Start with a small clay pot and a small lump of garden moss to cover the drainage hole.  Fill the rest of the pot loosely with hay, then place the pot upside down in a warm, sheltered spot in your yard or garden.  Bury half the pot underground to keep it from going anywhere.  The moss will shift down once the pot is upside down, allowing just enough space for the bees to come and go.

If you’re feeling super crafty, try making a mason bee house.

Have you been successful at bringing bees to your yard?  We’d love to hear about it!  Please share your bee stories and photos at our Evergreen Turf Facebook page!

Top 3 Organic Fertilizers for Sod

November 1st, 2016

Gone are the days of using traditional fertilizer to take care of your sod. Not only can it be costly, fertilizer can actually do more harm than good—to both grasses and the animals that walk on it. Go the eco-friendly route with these top three organic fertilizers for your Arizona sod lawn.

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First, it’s important to know that compost—whether homemade or bagged—is what nourishes your soil whereas fertilizer is what feeds your plants. To maintain a healthy lawn, spread compost two to three times per year. Making your own compost pile is easy…

  • Use a large bin in order to retain moisture and heat. Compost bins are classified as being either stationary or rotational.
  • Compost materials must be turned in order to provide the oxygen required to break down the contents.
  • Understand the compost bin you choose should be dependent upon the plant matter you plan to contribute along with your intended time frame for usage.
  • Compost piles should be a mix of green and brown matter. Brown material can be tiny bits of shredded paper, dry leaves, and coffee grounds while green can consist of fruit and vegetable peels. Aim for a 1:1 ratio of green and brown.
  • You’ll know when the compost is ready for use when it resembles natural soil. It should be dark and crumbly. When you’re ready to use it—
    • Spread it across your lawn and rake it in evenly to create a thin layer no thicker than a quarter inch. If it’s clearly visible or appears to be sitting atop the blades, you’ve used too much.
    • Water for 15-20 minutes and adhere to your normal watering schedule for one week. Do not mow your lawn during this time—let the sod absorb the nutrients from the compost.

If a compost pile sounds like too much work, use composted cow manure. Like fertilizer, manure can burn the lawn if it’s not thoroughly composted so be careful. Heed the following tips to make sure it’s done correctly:

  • Make sure it’s is dry as there is a high concentration of methane gas in the wet stuff—a surefire way to kill your lawn.
  • Collect your supplies: manure, gloves, shovel, bucket, rake, fertilizer spreader and hose with spray attachment.
  • Break up large chunks of manure with the rake or your hands and shovel contents into a bucket.
  • Pour the manure into the fertilizer spreader and spray it evenly over your sod. It helps to walk in a straight line up and down the lawn.
  • Soak the lawn to ensure the cow manure seeps into the roots of your sod grass and keep off! That means foot traffic from humans and pets.
  • Repeat process monthly for optimal results.

Visit your local home garden center and purchase an organic fertilizer.

  • Top brands include Milorganite, Safer Brand, and Bradfield Organics.
  • Fertilizing schedules depend upon your specific sod type, so be sure to follow the recommendations you researched or received from your sod installation professional. In general, you should follow your lawn’s normal water and mow schedule, making sure to leave the grass trimmings in the yard to decompose.
  • When it comes time to fertilize, choose a slow release organic product and be sure not to overfeed. Follow the instructions on the bag. As a rule of thumb, fertilization should take place in early fall and in the spring.

Organic fertilizing may seem arduous, but the payoff for being environmentally conscious is greater than you might expect. Feed your lawn the nutrients it needs to reap the benefits of beauty and sustainability in your yard.

Contact us today if you need sod in Arizona.

The 5 Best Arizona Climbing Plants for Your Backyard

November 1st, 2016

There are many types of Arizona climbing plants you can use on your backyard pergola or outdoor wall. These vines add a unique beauty to virtually any landscape, without needing much water – a huge bonus for homeowners in the Arizona desert.

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Here are the 5 best Arizona climbing plants for your backyard:

Rose

Botanical Name: Rosa banksiae 
Common Name: Lady Banks’ Rose

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This beautiful plant can also withstand temps as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It thrives in full sun and requires moderate water. It grows fast and can grow as tall as 20 feet high and 15 feet wide.

Honeysuckle

Botanical Name: Tecomaria capensis
Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle

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Not quite as hardy as the rose, the honeysuckle can withstand temps down to 28 degrees Fahrenheit. It loves full and partial sun and requires moderate watering to stay healthy. It’s significantly smaller than the rose plant, growing to a max of 6′ height X 5′ width.

Primrose Jasmine

Botanical Name: Jasminum mesnyi
Common Name: Primrose Jasmine

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This sprawling plant blooms with gorgeous yellow flowers during late winter through spring. Not that it’s relevant to the Arizona desert, but the plant can live in temps as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It does best in partial and full sun, and require moderate watering. With a max growth of 10’ height x 6’ wide, it made our list of the best climbing plants to use in Arizona backyards.

Trumpet Vine

Botanical Name: Podranea ricasoliana 
Common Name: Pink Trumpet Vine

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The pink trumpet vine survives in cold weather down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit but thrives in full sun as well as partial sun, and require low watering. It grows tall, up to 20’ height x 10’ width. The flowers bloom in late summer to fall and have a wonderful fragrance.

Bougainvillea

Botanical Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis 
Common Name: Bougainvillea

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This may be one of the most well-known climbing plants in Arizona as it’s a popular choice for homeowners and business owners alike. It can survive in temps as low as 28 degrees Fahrenheit and loves full sun or reflected sun. The reason it’s so often chosen among people in Arizona is not just its beautiful flowers but its ability to thrive with low water. It’s an added bonus that the flowers can bloom year-round, weather permitting.

So there you have it! Our top 5 picks for the best Arizona climbing plants.

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Unique Sod Lawn Landscaping Ideas

September 27th, 2016

Want a grass lawn that stands out from your neighbors’ front yards? There are plenty of ways to play up your yard! Here are some ideas we have to help you take a standard sod lawn to the next level with some unique landscaping ideas:

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Unique Sod Lawn Landscaping Ideas

Your home is your palace, and your yard is a place where you should feel like royalty every time you step onto your lawn.  Create a checkered pattern that’s marked by sod and stone or tile to elevate your outdoor experience.

A checkered pattern alone sounds like a pretty simple concept, but there are plenty of complex lawn projects that take the idea of checker boards to the next level.  You are afforded the ability to create a checkered lawn that’s as simple or complicated as you wish, and your guests are sure to appreciate any of the artful avenues you choose to use.

Layer Up.

Take dimension to a new level by layering up with steps made of steel.  Just as vertical storage inside your house can create additional space and enhance the illusion of a place, making it bigger than it really is, a layered lawn can offer a tiered presentation of an otherwise ordinary space.

Layering techniques are often excellent ways to balance bulky items that can be focal points on the property.  If you have a big tree on one side of the yard, a layered design might be the perfect way to balance that element and create an easy-to-view curb appeal that plays to its own landscape aesthetics.

Find Your Focus

Your lawn doesn’t have to be all about sod!  Just like a great paint job can be perfectly accented by just the right front door on your house, a beautiful lawn can easily be enhanced with the right decorative items.  Create a focal point in your yard that will serve as a conversation and compliment piece when visitors stop by.

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The great thing about most focal points that belong on the lawn is that you can create your own if you feel like embarking on a DIY project.  Otherwise, there are plenty of store-bought options that will make exceptional yard accessories.

Great lawn-worthy focal points that you might want to consider adding your yard could include

  • A fire pit
  • An outdoor room
  • A water feature

If you want a lawn that makes people pay attention, beautiful grass is just the beginning.  A little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to your blades can completely change the personality of your property.  There are plenty of ideas you probably have never even thought about.  Take some time to peruse the internet for interesting ideas, and when you’ve compiled some inspirational items, contact sod professionals.

At Evergreen Turf, we love the idea of a new challenge that involves a little lawn creativity!  As Arizona’s premier sod producer, we’ve had our hand in some great projects.  Check out our slideshow to see a few examples!

How to Incorporate Sports Areas in Your Yard

September 27th, 2016

Does your family love playing outdoor sports like soccer, baseball, football, and basketball? Whether you just toss the ball around for a little friendly family bonding, or your household athletes really need a place they can integrate into part of their training camp routines, why not make the most of your yard by putting some sporty style into your landscaping?

How to Incorporate Sports Areas in Your Yard

Here are a few ways you can integrate the sporty side of life into the design of your very own lawn:

  • Make a Soccer Field. If your lawn is abundant in acreage, and you have the space, a well-groomed soccer field can be an amazing addition to your landscaping efforts.  With the help of professional sod experts, you can choose a great grass that’s built for rough-and-tumble trampling, which will still come out on top when the final goal is scored.  Goal nets on both ends and beautiful striped sod between them will create a spectacular soccer field that any athlete would be proud to call his or her home turf.

Related: Check out our sod installation photos from The University of Arizona’s Soccer Field.

  • Build a Baseball Field. Ah, yes!  America’s pastime!  No kid’s childhood is complete if they don’t spend a little time with a ball and bat.  You may have little leaguers who do their best just to keep their helmets on during batting practice, or perhaps you’ve got a high school baseball star who’s ready to make a name for himself with a full ride to college.  In any case, a backyard play area, complete with a baseball field, offers your friends and family a great way to get out and play.

A backyard baseball field isn’t exactly the same sandlot that generations before explored when they needed a place to toss the ball around.  In fact, it’s much better.  You’ll still have all four bases, but the beautiful diamond that connects them together will be on your own private property.  What a great way to celebrate holidays like Labor Day and the 4th of July when family and friends are all around!

  • Set Up a Trampoline. There’s plenty of fun to be had when kids and adults alike spend hours jumping up and down like a happy bag of popcorn.  If you’re concerned about safety, opt for an in-ground installation so your jumpers aren’t sailing high into the sky whey go on their gravity-defying adventures.  An in-ground trampoline can be the perfect focal point for some surrounding landscaping that will be Pinterest-worthy before you know it!
  • Put Up a Basketball Hoop. A basketball hoop is the classic way to embrace outdoor sports without leaving your own yard.  These days, you have plenty of options.  Mount a backboard over your garage for a space-saving installation.  If you’re interested in a free-standing set of hoops, take a second to browse the internet so you can see what’s out there.  There are plenty of styles, levels of quality, and price ranges that will fit anyone’s needs.
  • Paint a Football Field. When summer begins to sizzle away and fall settles in for the next few months, football fever begins to take over.  Paint a football field on your lawn for a day of fun with friends and family.  Don’t forget to grab some hotdogs and heat up the grill for a full fall-time festivity!

You don’t have to head to a professional arena to enjoy a good game.  You don’t even have to head to the local park.  With a little ingenuity, your property is the perfect place to play all sorts of sports.  Once your yard is the go-to place for parties, you can charge an entry fee to your friends!

Contact us if you need sod in Arizona. Need help? Talk to one of our sod specialists. Call: 602-626-9959

What To Do When Sod Will Not Grow

September 27th, 2016

As an Arizonan, you know adequate sunlight isn’t usually a problem for your outdoor plants. High temperatures and consistent seasonal weather make caring for Arizona sod grass fairly easy. However, if you have a multi-story home or large structure such as a covered patio or shed, your lawn may not be getting the sunlight it needs. To ensure your yard stays guest-ready at all times, ditch the trouble spots in favor of decorative alternatives.

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Stepping Stones

One of the most common causes of a spotty lawn is lack of sunlight as a result of too much shade from trees or the home itself. Pave the perimeter of your backyard with stepping stones and fill the gaps with small rocks. As an added bonus, you can train your pets to use that area for urination—another common cause of dead sod patches.

Outdoor Furniture

When grass just won’t grow where you need it to, turn the area into a place of entertainment. Not only will you encourage foot traffic in the right places (read—off your beautiful lawn), you’ll have a relaxing space in which to eat, chat, and unwind after a long day. Consider buying a picnic table and chairs or scouring yard sales for a hammock.

Water Features

Add a touch of zen to your yard with a water fountain or koi pond. Have a pool? Line the shaded side of your home with stones and install an outdoor shower head for rinsing off chlorine. Whichever water feature you choose is guaranteed to look far better than a patch of unnourished sod. It may even inspire you to redecorate other areas of the yard for a polished look.

Trees, shrubs, or cacti

If you have a particularly large area of shade, create a border with decorative bricks and add shade-tolerant and/or drought-tolerant plants to the space. You don’t have to fill the area entirely—simply install rocks between plant life. A succulent garden is an excellent addition to any desert landscape and won’t require much maintenance.

Home gym

Turn your shady spots into an outdoor exercise area with rubber pavers. Take advantage of the fresh air and use the space for a weight bench or squat rack. Don’t want to invest in expensive hardware? Buy a cheap storage chest and stock it with things like a jump rope, set of dumbbells, kettle bell, yoga mat, and football or volleyball for an impromptu game.

Fire pit

Whether you build it or buy it, an outdoor fire pit adds romantic ambience to your yard for those nights you want to bundle up with your significant other. Perfect for shaded corners, a fire pit with chairs formed in a semi-circle can give the impression you never intended for grass to be there in the first place. Check out our article with some Backyard Fire Pit Ideas to get you started.

Rocks, rocks, rocks

If all else fails, install decomposed granite, river rock, pea gravel, or woodchips in the entire area. Rocks are a low-maintenance option that allows for a defined focal point and little maintenance (namely weed growth and debris collection). Determine your budget upfront and shop by square footage as you’ll have no shortage of styles from which to choose.

Everyone loves a lush grassy lawn, but you may have to accept that parts of your yard are not meant for grass. Use these ideas to turn those areas into a beautiful space that complements the remainder of your sod lawn.

Contact us if you need sod in Phoenix, Tucson and surrounding areas of Arizona. You can call us at 602.626.9959, email us at info@evergreenturf.com, or check out our Facebook page today.

Tips & Ideas For Adding Style To Your Outdoor Wall

September 27th, 2016

Planning a makeover for either your front yard, back yard or patio? Once you’ve ordered and installed some fresh sod in your lawn, it’s time to fix up the rest of the outdoor space! Here are some ideas on how to jazz up your outdoor walls.

Outdoor Wall Décor

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Use outdoor wall décor to bring some style to your walls. You can find these at practically any home and garden décor store, big-box retail store or online. They are typically made with metal materials to prevent damage from mother-nature.

You can even change out your wall décor with the seasons, or get a custom-made wall décor.  As an example, your last name or something similar that is personal to your family or home.

Crawling Plants

Get some plants that crawl up the wall, such as creeping rosemary. Other crawling plants that are adapted to the Arizona desert include:

  • Bougainvillea
  • Cape honeysuckle
  • Baja passion vine
  • Cat claw vine
  • Grape ivy
  • Pink / Purple trumpet vine
  • Lilac vine
  • Asian Jasmine
  • Creeping fig
  • Potato vine
  • Sky flower

Water-Wise Landscaping

When fixing up the area around your outdoor wall, it’s always important, especially here in Arizona, to think about how much water each plant species needs. Rather than planting things that need lots of water, plant native species like succulents to keep your water use to a minimum. Beyond succulents, find plants that speak to you. Consider some lavender or purple sage to bring pops of color to your space.

Final Tips

If you’re feeling like you need more outdoor wall ideas, check websites like Pinterest and Houzz for further inspiration.

If you need sod in Arizona, we service greater Phoenix, Tucson and many surrounding areas. Call us or order online today to get fresh sod for your yard.

In conclusion, remember to take the time to decorate your outdoor wall in a way that highlights your own style preferences and personality. At the same time, choose native species and be aware of how much water each plant needs. Have fun with your creation process!

Differences Between Bermuda Grass and St Augustine Grass

August 24th, 2016

When it comes to grass, there are plenty of factors that go into choosing the right blades for your backyard.  Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses are common choices, but these two types of grass have several distinctive differences, which can make one a better option for your yard than the other.

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Here’s a quick guide to help you better understand the differences between Bermuda grass and St. Augustine Grass:

Water

In the turf wars between Bermuda grass and St. Augustine Grass, Bermuda grass takes the trophy.  St. Augustine tends to get a little greedy when it comes to water consumption, soaking up as much as twice the amount of moisture it takes to keep its Bermuda Grass counterpart happy.

Since Arizona is such a hot, dry climate, water conservation is often at the top of homeowners’ lists when they’re shopping for new grass.  There are many elements you should consider before you decide on the right blades of grass for your new lawn; if water conservation is on your list, it’s important to know which species are the thirstiest.

Temperature

Both Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass tend to do well in hot climates.  When the temperature drops below 60o, both grasses become a bit temperamental.  St. Augustine is a little more volatile than Bermuda grass in chillier weather, which can leave it vulnerable to pests and diseases.

Thankfully, in the Phoenix area, we’re not faced with chilly weather often, so either grass tends to withstand our temperatures quite well.]

Related: Summer Health for Arizona Sod

Growth

When it comes to growth, the differences between Bermuda grass and St. Augustine Grass largely lie in personal preference.  Bermuda grass will take off aggressively once it’s established.  As it expands its territory, it will require frequent trimming (particularly along driveways, sidewalks, and gardens.)  Keeping up on trimming tasks will help to prevent this grass from taking over turf beyond its own terrain.

Soil Requirements

St. Augustine grass tends to be lower maintenance in terms of soil requirements.  It requires about the same amount of potassium as other grasses and has low phosphorous needs.  Fertilizing with nitrogen every couple months will help St. Augustine grass survive any strange cold spells we may experience in winter here in Arizona and help it bounce back in the spring.  Bear in mind that this grass does suffer without sufficient iron in the soil, so it’s imperative that you use the best fertilizer for St. Augustine Grass to ensure that it’s getting its proper nutrients.

Bermuda grass can be a little needier in terms of fertilization requirements.  It will have a higher nitrogen requirement that other grasses.  Depending on the strain of Bermuda grass you choose, the turf, and the desired appearance, it may also require special attention to other elements, as well.

Sun vs Shade

If you’re lucky enough to have ample shade, you might lean towards St. Augustine Grass, as Bermuda grass doesn’t grow at its best without direct sunlight.  Bermuda grass is much happier with constant exposure to the sun.

Traffic

The traffic element is very much an element dictated by your own personal use.  Bermuda grass is resilient and handles being trampled on quite well.  It’s a great grass if you’ll have a lot of human activity on your lawn.  St. Augustine Grass, on the other hand, isn’t a fan of high traffic; it does much better being left alone.

There are plenty of factors that go into determining the right grass for each person’s needs.  If you’re still not sure about the differences between Bermuda Grass and St. Augustine Grass, our team at Evergreen Turf is here and happy to help!  Contact us with your questions, and we’ll be glad to give you some answers!

Arizona Lawn Care Tips

August 17th, 2016

Lawn care isn’t just about regular watering and the occasional weekend mow. Many frustrated homeowners would even argue it’s a science. Arizona lawns in particular must be properly maintained due to extreme summer temperatures. Keep your lawn looking just as nice as the day you laid sod with these maintenance tips for your backyard.

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Summer Watering Tips

  • Avoid watering daily as over-watering robs the root system of oxygen
  • Don’t be afraid of under-watering—the reverse is far more damaging. Water thoroughly but infrequently and always follow the guidelines for your particular grass
  • On average, ten inches of water below the soil provides enough depth to sufficiently water the grass. Pro tip: Test with a screwdriver one hour after watering.
  • Program your automatic sprinklers to activate 1-2 hours before sunrise to take advantage of cooler temperatures and minimal evaporation.

Preparing for the Cold

  • Understand that the dormancy period of your Arizona sod is standard and necessary for the life cycles of your grass.
  • If you can’t live without a beautiful green lawn in the winter, go ahead and overseed your warm-season grass with cool-season reinforcement.
  • Give Bermuda grass a rest every few years as overseeding can prove stressful to overworked roots.

Know How to Mow

Here’s the thing with mowing—it’s not only important to do it, it’s important to do it right. When overgrown, long blades provide too much shade preventing the shorter ones from growing. This leads to shaggy grass with tons of space for—you guessed it—weeds. If you mow your grass too short, it sucks up too much water. Note: If your yard is particularly shady, add about 25% more height based on the following guide:

  • Bermuda/Perennial/Annual Rye: 1.5 – 2 inches
  • Hybrid Bermuda: 0.5 – 1 inch

Arizona Soil: 101

Did you know Arizona soil is comprised of surface, subsurface, and subsoil layers? This is important to know because it affects how your grass will grow. Subsoil is the finest of the three and contains less organic matter which is what essentially determines the condition of your lawn. In order to prepare your soil for optimal growth:

  • Alter its chemical makeup by adding organic matter such as manure to help deliver water and nutrients to your Arizona sod grass.
  • Aerate your Bermuda grass in May or June in order to give the soil better access to water and oxygen. You can also do this the day after a good monsoon rain when the soil is easy to break up.

Caring for Flowers and Other Plants

What Arizona backyard is complete without desert plants like succulents and groundcovers? Be sure you understand the needs of each type of plant that complements your lawn. For example, cacti need little water to survive, so you wouldn’t want your automatic sprinkler heads to douse them or nearby succulents. Take note of perennial grow schedules to ensure you’re caring for your grass and flowers at the right times. Lastly, make sure you know how much space you’ll need for a mature garden or shrub. You don’t want to provide too much shade to sun-dependent grass or create an obstruction of walkways.

Caring for your Arizona lawn doesn’t have to be an arduous task so long as you stay on schedule. If you don’t have time or patience to maintain your Arizona sod grass, give us a call at 480-456-1199 to discuss re-sod options. You don’t want to wait until your annual end of summer BBQ to try and take on a dead patches or overgrown weeds.

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