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.

A fire pit makes a great focal point in your yard

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

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.

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Here is an example of outdoor wall decor made with metal materials.

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.

Get 10% off your next purchase of sod plus free delivery (500 sq/ft minimum order) when you order online today.

Arizona Backyard Ideas on a Budget – 2016 Edition

August 12th, 2016

Being a homeowner is part of the American Dream, but the frequent cost of basic home repairs often makes the idea of making over your home or property seem like a dream in and of itself.

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If you’ve caught yourself staring at your backyard, wishing you could give it a makeover without doing serious damage to your savings and credit debt, here are some excellent Arizona backyard ideas on a budget!

Prepare Yourself.

Even the craftiest of DIYers can feel frustrated with their projects at times.  Before you set out on your backyard remodel adventure, set realistic expectations.  You’re going to need some paint, some patients, and some parts.  Bargain-hunt for items at close-out sales and thrift stores, and be sure to scour the internet for interesting ideas that can help you repurpose things you already have laying around.

Choose Your Inspiration Piece.

Maybe it’s a fire pit or a homemade gazebo.  Maybe it’s an intricately-painted pot that you picked up at a thrift store, or perhaps it’s the tree swing you put up for your kiddos.  No matter what your inspiration point, pick a focal feature, and build your budget-friendly backyard around that element.

Take Your Indoor Living Space Outside.

Arizona is the perfect place to build an outside living space that’s just as great as the living room you enjoy inside your home.  Even if you’re hibernating in the air conditioning when the summer sun is out, you can still take advantage of the fresh outdoor air when the evening arrives!

Pinterest is filled with pretty phenomenal ways to reuse unconventional items and turn them into works of backyard living space art.  These are a few of our favorites:

Get Outdoor Rugs.

Outdoor rugs are another way to bring the comfort of the inside out.  Placing outdoor rugs on the hard surfaces of your outdoor spaces, such as your patio, balcony, or gazebo, bring a certain warmth and inviting appeal that can’t be achieved otherwise.

If your outdoor rugs are too boring for your particular taste, get creative.  Paint, stencils, plants, and lighting can enhance the overall effect of your outdoor rugs.

Paint Inexpensive Pots.

Go crazy at local thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.  Look online for sales and giveaways involving inexpensive pots.  You can paint these pots, and make them interesting conversation pieces for your backyard.  Use them as storage containers, plant flowers, fruits, and veggies in them, or use them to hold candles so your evenings are illuminated with your beautiful DIY accessories.

Install a Shed Office.

A little extra space can go a really long way.  If you’re feeling confined in your home and need a space to which you can escape, consider installing an office shed out back.  This can give you some much-needed respite from rowdy kids and too much company when you’re trying to get some work done or have a little me-time.

Using an old door as a desk and some corkboards and quirky art to make the inside organized with your own unique style, your shed office will be a place where efficiency and peace-of-mind come together without ever requiring you to flee the comfort of your own property.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our first edition of Arizona Backyard Ideas on a Budget!  Do you have #BackyardBudgetIdeas?  Share them on our Facebook page.

Effects of Over Fertilizing

July 20th, 2016

The decision to install Arizona sod is a no-brainer for many Phoenicians. It’s one of the easiest and quickest methods by which to enjoy a beautiful green lawn. Maintaining the sod, however, often tells a different story. It requires patience, dedication, and a keen understanding of lawn chemistry. Don’t have a degree in the sciences? Not all hope is lost. Learn how to properly care for your Arizona sod to prevent one of the most common mistakes—over fertilization.

Effects of Over Fertilizing

How to Properly Fertilize Arizona Sod

Lucky for you, this topic has already been covered on our Arizona Sod Nutrition page. Key summary points are as follows:

  • Fertilizers follow a nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium formula (displayed by percentages in that order).
  • New sod installation should either be 6-20-20 or 15-15-15 (the latter indicating 15% nitrogen, 15% phosphorus, and 15% potassium). Apply either before or immediately after installation.
  • Fertilize two weeks later with the same 15-15-15 analysis to replenish the soil after nutrients have settled and migrated past the roots.
  • Once established, the sod will thrive on a monthly diet of nitrogen-rich fertilizer. For example, 16-8-4 or 21-7-14.
  • If your lawn grows faster than expected, scale back the fertilizing schedule to an 8 week program with slow release nutrients. Popular analyses are 28-3-10 and 32-4-7. This will prevent over fertilization.

Causes of Over Fertilization

Over fertilization of Arizona sod manifests as an unsightly brown or grey lawn from what’s known as fertilizer burn. SF Gate provides a few tips for prevention.

  • Nitrogen: Whether it’s too much or the wrong type, nitrogen is usually to blame for destroying your once-beautiful sod. Avoid fast-release nitrogen blends and opt for controlled-release instead.
  • Salts: Although it aids plant growth, salt can be problematic and cause root damage. Be cautious of your watering schedule as less water results in higher salt concentration.
  • Fertilizer Type: With so many fertilizers on the market, it’s easy to choose the wrong one. Organic fertilizers—albeit slower acting—present a lower risk of burned blades. Always follow the instructions on the bag and apply when grass is dry and the temperatures are lower. Since heat is obviously an issue in Arizona, this may take practice.

How to Repair an Over Fertilized Lawn

So, your lawn is a mess and you now know why. How do you remedy the situation? Spoiler alert: it might not be fixable and certainly won’t be fun.

With chemical-resistant gloves, clean up as much loose fertilizer as you can. To extract excess fertilizer from the soil, water all brown patches 2-3 hours per day for at least 7 days. If the lawn gods are looking kindly upon you, this may be enough to fix the problem. If not, you will need to reseed or install a new patch of sod. If the cycle continues, it’s time to start from the beginning by treating the soil. Dig at least two inches past the surface and replace with fresh topsoil. It goes without saying you should also test the soil’s pH level and make sure you are using the right Arizona sod for your region.

Tip: Avoid using lawn patch products that combine grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch. You don’t want more fertilizer on your already over-fertilized Arizona sod.

Over fertilization is easy to spot, but make sure it’s the root cause of your dead grass before fixing it. Grass that may appear to be over-fertilized might actually be damaged by urine, insufficient watering, or an insect infestation. If DIY methods have you feeling confused or overwhelmed, call Evergreen Turf for a professional recommendation.

How To Keep Your Lawn From Drying Out This Summer

July 20th, 2016

There’s nothing worse than investing time and money into your dream yard only to see the grass wilt and dry out. Save yourself the frustration by learning how to properly care for your Arizona grass. With scorching summers and annual monsoons, it’s difficult to get things right the first time – but not impossible.

How To Ensure Your Arizona Sod Lawn Does Not Dry Out in the Summer

Commit yourself to research

Whether you’re installing fresh sod in Arizona or rehabilitating a dried out lawn inherited from prior homeowners, the first thing you should do is research the best grass and how to care for it. Take into account the soil’s pH level, shade to sunlight ratio, surrounding plant life, and your personal commitment to maintenance. Talk to neighbors whose lawns you love and ask what problems they’ve faced. A well-kept lawn does not happen by accident so it’s important to know what species is likely to thrive in your region and how much time and money you have to ensure its success.

Opt for sod over seed

Heat is a major inhibitor of healthy growth as watering can lead to nearly-instant evaporation. Seeds often require significant time to form strong roots unless you’re prepared to be diligent about watering and reseeding annually. Sod is a good choice for Arizona homeowners as its even easier to grow and maintain than starting with grass seeds for several reasons:

  • Installing sod in Arizona is a “one and done” solution to a bare lawn. Simply prepare the soil and install sod the same day it arrives.
  • Although seeding is less expensive than sod, that might not be the case in the long run if you’re forced to reseed annually and pay more for maintenance services.
  • Sod is more resistant to weeds as there is less room for the seeds to settle and germinate.
  • Sod is less likely to dry out. This is because seeds initially need to be watered several times per day to prevent dry soil. Although sod also needs moisture to become firmly rooted, the watering schedule is less demanding and decreases in frequency much earlier in the rooting process.
  • Laying sod in Arizona is perhaps most advantageous for its instant curb appeal. This is appealing to both new homeowners eager to enjoy their lawn and those looking to put their home on the market quickly.

Know how to maintain sod in Arizona

Once you’ve committed to installing sod, heed the most common tips and tricks for avoiding a dry, stressed out lawn.

  1. Stay off the sod. Constant foot traffic from children and pets places unnecessary strain on new grass that is trying to form a healthy root system.
  2. Restrict your dog to one specific area of the yard to do his business. If you can help it, try to avoid the grass completely and train him to relieve himself on the pavement (which can easily be sprayed down) or rock landscaping.
  3. Prevent over fertilization by taking the proper precautions.
  4. Closely adhere to the watering schedule of your specific sod type. Remember: the dry Arizona heat speeds up evaporation, so be mindful of the frequency and depth of watering.
  5. Water early with evenly spaced sprinklers to avoid midday evaporation and fungal diseases caused by wet grass that festers in cool temperatures overnight.
  6. Mow only at the recommended height for your particular sod and leave the clippings throughout the yard to aid water absorption.

For an estimate to install sod in Arizona or for a professional guide to preventing dry patches, contact a sod specialist at 480-456-1199.

How To Get Rid of Weeds – For Good!

July 20th, 2016

Want to finally learn how to get rid of weeds in grass? You’re not alone. Harsh Arizona temperatures present the perfect opportunity for weed growth throughout an otherwise healthy lawn. Learn how to combat these pesky plants by knowing how to prevent and effectively remove weeds.

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What Causes Weeds to Grow

You might be doing everything right to maintain your lawn, yet still find yourself fighting weeds every month like clockwork. Keep in mind, weeds are opportunistic and germinate the moment they’re exposed to a little rain and sun. Seeds will multiply as quickly as possible under optimal conditions, getting assistance from birds, rodents, rain runoff, and wind. Even the laborious act of pulling weeds may cause seeds to spread.

Common Weeds in Arizona

In learning how to get rid of weeds in grass, it’s imperative you know the species. Different types of weeds require different methods of eradication. Common Arizona weeds are:

  • Spotted Spurge
  • Filaree
  • Common Mallow
  • Nutgrass
  • London Rocket

How to Get Rid of Weeds in Grass

Again, weeds are resourceful and very resilient, so understand that weed control won’t likely be a one-time occurrence. The Family Handyman gives you six practical solutions to weed control.

  1. Maintain your turf

Don’t give seeds the sunlight they need to grow. Keep your lawn cut to the recommended height based on sod type. Grass that is properly fertilized and watered at the ideal height will provide enough shade to outperform weeds.

  1. Know your weeds

The three main categories of weeds are annual grassy weeds (e.g. crab grass), perennial grassy weeds (e.g. quack grass), and broadleaf weeds (e.g. ground ivy). Each type requires the appropriate product, application method, and frequency of treatment.

  1. Control broadleaf weeds

Use a broadleaf herbicide and distribute it with the smallest possible applicator. To control sporadic weeds, spot treat them with a small pressure sprayer. Weed patches need a 1-2 gallon tank sprayer. Lastly, bring in a dial sprayer when your lawn has succumbed to uncontrollable weeds.

  1. Control perennial weeds

Because perennial grasses typically return year after year due to strong underground root systems, it’s not enough to simply pull them. Nonselective weed killers like Roundup will solve the weed problem but create another one—they will kill all plant life including your Arizona sod. Instead, put a cloth glove over a rubber glove, dip your hand in herbicide, and coat the blades starting from the base and moving upward. Don’t worry about actually pulling the weeds or coating every last blade—your method should work within a few days.

  1. Control annual weeds

Perfect timing is crucial in preventing crab grass, so be sure to apply treatment between the first and third mow in the spring. If it still rears its ugly head, control crab grass by:

  • Hand-pulling clumps and reseeding bare spots as needed
  • Letting it go until next spring when you can once again try to time it correctly
  • Treating clumps with crab grass killer (note: if you wait until summer or fall, this method will not work as seed heads will have already formed)
  1. Know when to call it quits

Pessimism aside, poor conditions may mean that you’ll be forever fighting weeds, dead grass, and infestations. Consult a professional to consider if a complete resod might be a better option. If all else fails, you can always default to Arizona landscape trends: desert rocks with cacti or low-maintenance ground cover.

Call Evergreen Turf at 480-456-1199 for a free phone consultation to discuss existing lawn care problems and practical solutions to your weed-related woes.