Top NFL Football Fields – Tucson Sod For Sports Fields and Stadiums

December 12th, 2023

It’s football season and in honor of this all-time favorite American sport, here’s a look at some of the top NFL football fields. As a premier Phoenix and Tucson sod farm, our team has a deep appreciation for the grass on the fields of these iconic football stadiums.

Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)

This stadium is often ranked as the top football field in the country today. In 2003, the stadium had a $295 million remodel to update some of the structure to be more modern. It has a seating capacity of 73,000 and has been expanded several times since it’s opening in 1957. The football fied is a grass surface made of Kentucky Bluegrass sod and reinforced with Desso GrassMaster, which is a sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres.

Ever wonder how the Packers keep their sod lawn green through the frigid winter months? Their secret lies in a massive indoor lighting rig that provides essential light to the sections of the field that need a little extra help because they don’t receive enough natural light due to the construction of the stadium. You can read more about their mobile grow lamps in this Gizmodo article.

Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Pittsburgh stadium has only been open since 2001, but the team has won two Super Bowl since making the move from Three Rivers Stadium. When it comes to the sports field, Heinz stadium has had some challenges finding the best type of surface for the team to play on. It had natural grass for the first two years, then switched to Desso GrassMaster in 2003 due to the constant debate about its playing field. Then in 2009, the stadium switched back to natural grass.

The debate continues about whether natural grass is the best type of surface for this sports stadium, but no matter what type of surface the team plays on, the fan continue to pack in for the games. In fact, the Steelers have sold out every home game at Three Rivers Stadium and now Heinz Field since November 1972.

Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)

With a seating capacity of 69,144, this stadium boasts scenic views of the Philly skyline out of the west end zone and a massive tailgating space for fans. The stadium opened in 2003 and cost $512 million to build. The sports field surface is comprised of Desso GrassMaster.

University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)

University of Phoenix Stadium, opened August 1, 2006, is a multipurpose football stadium located in Glendale, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League and the annual Fiesta Bowl. The 63,400-seat stadium (expandable to 72,200) opened on August 1, 2006 after three years of construction.

Evergreen Turf is a proud partner of the Arizona Cardinals. As a premier provider of Phoenix and Tucson sod in Arizona, Evergreen Turf is dedicated to making sure the Cardinals’ field is ready to go on game day. Great care is taken in selecting, cultivating and maintaining the particular variety of sod (Tifway 419 Hybrid Bermuda Grass) that is used in this unique and prestigious venue.

Need help choosing and installing your professional or residential sod? Contact us today.

Organic Lawn Care: How to Maintain Your Lawn Naturally

November 29th, 2023

Did you know that it is possible to provide your lawn with what it needs to thrive and be healthy without the use of pesticides, insecticides, and other chemicals?

Organic lawn care is sustainable and green. Literally. It involves the use of alternative solutions for your lawn that are natural and environmentally friendly, yielding luscious green grass. What’s more, it creates a safe space for your entire family (including your pets) to get full enjoyment of your home’s outdoor areas.

Let’s talk about what it takes to make the switch to a healthy, pesticide-free lawn.

Nutrients: The Key to a Green Lawn

A good first step in implementing organic lawn care is to leave the grass clippings behind when you mow. Although it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing lawn care tip, your grass will thank you. These clippings contain nutrients that can be reabsorbed by your lawn if given the opportunity, helping it to blossom.

Without some extra protection from a natural fertilizer, rough periods of heat and stress can lead to its demise, regardless of how many nutritious clippings are left behind.

Take the proactive step to add fertilizer to your lawn that contains ingredients such as:

  • Composted turkey and chicken litter
  • Seaweed
  • Kelp
  • Fish emulsion
  • Rock phosphate
  • Blood meal
  • Cottonseed meal
  • Azomite
  • Ironite

Each has its own contribution and complements one another on the way to creating a lawn that is healthy with a rich green color. For example, the composted litter will increase microbial activity within the soil and help it break down the thatch that’s been left behind. This will allow the nutrients to be absorbed faster.

Azomite and ironite provide micronutrients that give the lawn a burst of color.

Fish emulsion and kelp enhance nitrogen uptake and reduce the impacts of stress. And, blood meal adds slow-release nitrogen whereas cottonseed meal and rock phosphate add phosphorus without harming the environment.

You can seek out a store-bought organic fertilizer option that contains some or all of these things, or create your own so that you know exactly what you are putting on your lawn. Either way, using the right natural fertilizer as part of your organic lawn care can give you fantastic results.

Controlling Weeds Naturally

Unfortunately, as your grass grows, so do weeds. It is best to address these right away before they get out of control and invade the entire yard or threaten any plants. After all, they may be stealing the nutrients from your lawn!

To stick with a natural, organic lawn care routine, you can dismiss weeds by spraying them with vinegar or a combination of vinegar and dish soap. Of course, pulling them is also an effective option, as long as you are careful to pull the root along with it so that they don’t continue to grow.

Getting Rid Bugs and Other Pests Without Insecticide

Bugs and insects love to nestle in your lawn and call it home. And, if allowed, they will continue to grow and expand in population until they are taking up large areas (if not all) of your grass. While you may not want to harm them, you don’t have to give them a free place to stay — especially since they can cause damage to your lawn.

There are natural, eco-friendly steps you can take to deter bugs and other pests from sticking around. For instance, spraying your yard with a batch of water and essential oils can cause the bugs to move out. A few oils to consider for organic lawn care include:

  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Orange oils

Remember, caring for your lawn naturally is going to require patience. You may have to try a few different oils or a combination to find the right fit for your lawn.

Watering Regularly

Routine lawn care requires water. Yet, organic lawn care means seeking ways to maintain the lawn with as little waste as possible. And this means not using water when you don’t have to.

Monitoring the weather is a great way to know when you don’t have to water your lawn. However, if you reside in certain areas of Arizona, for example, precipitation is low, and rainy days are rare.

Make the most of your efforts by choosing to water your lawn at night. This will reduce the chance of evaporation and allow the ground to soak up most of the water. If you use an irrigation system, set your sprinklers on a timer so that you always water the lawn at the right time and the right duration.

 

Want to Learn More About Organic Lawn Care?

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Best Native Arizona Plants to Use in Your Lawn Landscaping

November 12th, 2023

Non-native plants are a common sight in Arizona landscapes, but there’s no need to bring in invasive plant species to spruce up your lawn. Many native Arizona plants are perfect for landscaping, from towering trees and showy shrubs to hardy grasses and perennials. Check out our top picks for some ideas and what to plant in your yard.

Trees

  • Sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana) – This small tree is a fast grower, quickly shooting up to its mature height of 15 to 20 feet. Sweet Acacia thrives in sites with full sun and dry soil, and is known for its fragrant yellow flower clusters, which appear during the winter months beginning in the plant’s third year.
  • Arizona Walnut (Juglans major) – The towering Arizona walnut grows to heights of 50 feet or more, making it an ideal shade tree for back yards. This deciduous tree doesn’t thrive in very dry soil, faring best in average to wet soil throughout Arizona’s less arid regions.

Shrubs

  • Western white clematis (Clematis ligusticifolia) – A fairly large shrub capable of reaching 15 feet (though easily pruned to a smaller size), western white clematis is adaptable to a wide range o soil types and conditions, but prefers a site with average moisture and partial shade. Its showy white blossoms make it a popular addition to landscapes.
  • Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) – This small evergreen shrub tops out at about 4 feet in height, making it a perfect landscape shrub if you don’t have a lot of space to spare. It thrives in dry soil with lots of sunlight, and erupts in springtime with pink, fluffy, ball-shaped blossoms that often attract hummingbirds.

Perennials

  • Desert agave (Agave deserti) – A common sight in the desert regions of Arizona and California, desert agave reaches 12 to 24 inches in height, and is identifiable by its stiff, spiny, blue-grey leaves and by the yellow flower clusters that bloom atop its long central stalk. Desert agave does not tolerate wet soil, but thrives under dry, sunny conditions.
  • Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) – About a foot tall and equally wide, Blackfoot daisy’s most notable feature is its flowers, with their yellow centers and white petals typical of most daisy varieties. The flowers appear in abundance throughout spring, summer and fall, attracting bees, birds and butterflies. Dry soil is best, and Blackfoot daisy can tolerate full sun or partial shade.

Grasses

  • Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) – Also known as mosquito grass, blue grama is commonly used for erosion control, and it also makes for a low-maintenance turf grass in sandy soils. Smaller patches can be used as accents along walkways and in perennial gardens. It grows best in dry soil with full sun to light shade.
  • Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) – Though its most common use is as a forage for livestock, switchgrass makes a perfect ornamental grass in dry areas, growing up to 5 feet in height and sprouting large, tuft-like flowers at its tops. It withstands heat and drought easily, and will adapt to all but the wettest soils.

Native Arizona plants are available from countless nurseries and garden centers across the Grand Canyon State. In addition to adding color and texture to lawns, gardens and other landscapes, native Arizona plants also provide food and habitat for native birds and other wildlife, making them a win-win for all.

Evergreen Turf is your source for the highest quality sod in Arizona. Our friendly, knowledgeable people are committed to answering all of your questions to ensure a stress-free experience with your new Arizona sod lawn. Whether you wish to sod a small play area for the family or an entire golf course, Evergreen Turf can help you make it happen.

Our team serves customers throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Tucson. Browse our website for information and tips on how to create and maintain a beautiful lawn, or give us a call and talk to one of our sod specialists at 602-626-9959 if you don’t find what you are looking for. Better yet, stop by and meet the team at our convenient Chandler location.

November Lawn Care To-Do List

November 1st, 2023

beautiful arizona sod lawn at a large house

Here are a few home lawn care items to handle during November in Arizona.

  • Fertilize.
  • Even out your lawn.
  • Rake and Remove dead leaves.

Fertilize

Fertilizing your sod lawn promotes root development. While it might look like not much is going on with your lawn during the winter months, what you can’t see is what’s going on underneath the soil. By promoting root growth in the winter, you are helping your spring lawn that will be growing in a few months.

Even out your lawn

Get rid of low-lying areas that accumulate water. Just shovel out the area, add more soil to make it even, then put grass back on top and water it well for a couple of weeks to make sure roots attach to soil.

Rake and Remove dead leaves

If you have any trees in your yard that have been losing their leaves, it’s important to rake them up and remove them from your lawn. While it’s not as much of a problem here in the Southwest US, we do still have some trees that respond to the seasons.

If you don’t remove dead leaves from your lawn, your grass and soil will not have enough oxygen for optimal lawn health. Dead leaves make for great compost material, too. If you don’t have a compost, check out our article How to Build a Compost Bin.

This To-Do list will help you get your lawn beautified just in time for outdoor fall festivities. Happy fall from the team at Evergreen Turf!

Choosing the Right Sod Grass for Arizona: A Lawn Care Specialist’s Tips

September 25th, 2023

Arizona’s climate can make it challenging to maintain a healthy looking lawn. With dry, hot summers and low precipitation during the rest of the seasons, it can be difficult to keep your lawn green and lush.

Choosing the right type of sod grass is one of the biggest keys to success. What type of sod grass is best for your yard? Here are some tips to determine what grass will grow best on your lot.

Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Lawn

The following questions can help you determine what type of grass would be best for your yard:

Is your yard mostly shaded or in the sun?

Shade or sun makes a difference in terms of what types of grass will grow best in a space. Some of your yard may be in the shade while some is in direct sunlight all the time. You may find that different types of grass will work better in different areas of your lawn. The more direct the sunlight, the more the grass may need to be watered as well.

What kind of mower do you plan to use?

The most common type of mower is a rotary mower, with rotating blades that are electrical or gas powered. However some homeowners use a reel mower that is propelled by pushing. Reel mowers work best for small yards and rotary mowers work better for larger yards. For extremely large lots, a riding mower may be best, which is also a rotary style.

How much time and effort can you devote to yard maintenance?

Some types of grass require more time and effort than other types. Choose your type of grass based on the amount of time you are able and willing to devote to yard work. Or if you plan to hire a lawn service, determine what your budget will allow in terms of the frequency and type of services you can pay for.

Do you have children and/or pets?

The amount of traffic your lawn will receive is largely determined by whether or not you have children or pets. When it comes to pets, the type of animals you have will also be a deciding factor in the type of grass you may want.

Turning Questions Into Answers

Here are some suggestions based on your answers to the questions above:

  • Mostly sunny lawn: Midiron, Bermuda. Midiron grass is blue-green in color with a medium coarse leaf texture that holds up well in hot, dry climates. Bermuda has short, flat leaves that make it tolerant of dry climates and grows best in direct sunlight.
  • Mostly shaded lawn: Palmetto St. Augustine. It is difficult to get grass to grow in the shade, but Palmetto St. Augustine grass can grow in both direct sunlight and shade.
  • Rotary mower: Any type. Rotary mowers are designed for any type of grass, but adjust the blade level according to the type of grass you choose.
  • Reel mower: Bermuda. Reel mowers work best on Bermuda grass because it is coarse and short, meaning it won’t get caught up in or flattened by the reel.
  • High maintenance: Tifway, Tifgreen. If you have plenty of time to devote to your lawn, Tifway or Tifgreen make great manicured a lawn, but it does require a bit more maintenance than some other types to keep that manicured look.
  • Eco-friendly: Midiron, TifTuf Bermuda. Midiron is known for being relatively low maintenance and recovers quickly from damage. TifTuf Bermuda is one of the toughest types of grass that is also the most drought resistant, ultimately using less water.
  • Kids and pets: TifTuf Bermuda, Midiron. In addition to being low maintenance, TifTuf Bermuda and Midiron hold up well to plenty of traffic, making them ideal for families with children and pets.
  • No kids or pets: Any type. If you don’t have kids or pets, you are free to try any type of grass that meets your other criteria.

Where to Get Quality Sod Grass

Evergreen Turf provides a wide variety of sod grass types that are well-suited for Arizona weather. If you’re not sure how to choose the right type of grass for your yard, try our lawn selector tool.

For questions, call (480) 456-1199 or contact us today. Place an online order for sod grass here.

The Role of Fertilization in Effective Lawn Care

September 25th, 2023

Fertilizer provides the nutrients that soil and grass need to thrive and be healthy. If you have ever walked barefoot in thick, luscious green grass — fertilizer probably had something to do with it.  After all, grass needs more than some water and sun for perfect growth.

Let’s take a closer look at the role of fertilization and how it pertains to effective lawn care.

Proper Nourishment

The health of your soil plays a very large role in the growth of your grass. Fertilization has the necessary nourishment to care for it all. While different types of fertilizers will have a varying mix of nutrients, there are three that are almost always found in them. They are:

  • Nitrogen (N)
  • Phosphorous (P)
  • Potassium (K)

Each plays a part in getting the grass to grow faster and more dense, with strong roots. It also keeps it healthy enough to fight off diseases. It is important to understand that there are different factors that impact the amounts and types of nutrients needed, such as the soil type, the amount of foot (or car) traffic it will experience, the local climate, and whether or not there are currently any pests or diseases.

Just as you eat to provide your body with daily nourishment, effective lawn care is going to require regular doses of fertilizer, too.

Routine Treatments

A healthy lawn is going to need a good diet of fertilizer regularly in order to provide you with healthy growth. To do this effectively, you need to make sure you are providing it at the right intervals. For instance, giving it too much too frequently can actually kill your lawn. This is referred to as fertilizer burn.

Finding the proper balance between the nutrients in the fertilizer and the frequency at which you fertilize is crucial. Working with lawn professionals is a great way to ensure you are getting just what you need — nothing more, nothing less.

Keep Weeds at Bay

For effective lawn care without weeds, fertilizer is a must.

Weeds can be an eyesore for lawns. Yet, they are pesky enough to show up anywhere. However, in a lawn that undergoes routine fertilization, weeds don’t often stand a chance. The nutrients make the grass thick and dense with strong roots — and all of these things make it difficult for weeds to grow.

Reduce Risk of Illness and Disease

Without including fertilization in lawn care, disease and illness can take over in an instant. It can cause a lawn to buckle with low-stress tolerance and can make the perfect home for insects and pests looking to put the lawn at risk. This is all because it is not getting the nourishment it needs to remain healthy.

You can keep a lawn looking good on the outside by tending to its outer appearance. But effective lawn care involves so much more than that. Fertilization helps to make sure that the soil and the grass are strong enough to fight off any illness, disease, insect, or pest that may try to bring it down.

When done routinely, not only will the lawn look great from the outside, but from the inside, too.

Effective Lawn Care from Evergreen Turf

If you are ready to give your lawn the nourishment it needs in order to be vibrant and healthy, then you can learn more about nutrition and fertilization from Evergreen Turf. Remember, a healthy lawn begins with healthy soil.

Contact us today to learn more.

Mastering Lawn Care: 10 Essential Tips for Beginners in Phoenix, Arizona

June 29th, 2023

When it comes to maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn, proper care and attention are key. As a beginner in lawn care, it’s important to understand the essential practices that will help you achieve a lush and vibrant lawn in Phoenix, Arizona. In this article, we will share 10 DIY lawn care tips that are perfect for beginners like you. So, let’s dive in and get started on your journey to a stunning lawn!

  1. Maintain a Regular and Frequent Mowing Schedule

Regular mowing is crucial for maintaining a well-groomed lawn. Instead of cutting the grass too short, opt for a little and often approach. This helps to promote healthy growth and prevents scalping, which can damage your lawn.

  1. Adjust the Lawnmower’s Cutting Height

Adjust the cutting height on your lawnmower to a higher setting. Taller grass blades provide shade to the soil, reducing weed growth and conserving moisture. Additionally, longer grass blades are better able to withstand the intense heat of Phoenix, Arizona.

  1. Keep the Lawn Free of Debris and Clutter

Regularly remove fallen leaves, toys, furniture, and other everyday items from your lawn. These objects can block sunlight and hinder proper air circulation, leading to patchy areas and potential lawn diseases.

Related: How to Repair Dead Spots in Lawn

  1. Provide Regular Nutrient Boosts for Your Lawn

Proper nutrition is vital for a healthy lawn. Invest in a high-quality lawn fertilizer suitable for Phoenix’s climate and apply it according to the recommended schedule. This will provide your grass with essential nutrients and help it thrive.

Related: Why and When to Fertilize Your Lawn

  1. Train Pets to Avoid Using the Lawn as a Restroom

Pet waste can damage your lawn and leave unsightly brown patches. Train your pets to use a designated area and promptly clean up any waste. Regularly rinsing the area with water can also help dilute and minimize the impact of urine.

Related: Tips for Landscaping with Dogs

  1. Enhance Soil Health Through Annual Lawn Aeration

Aerating your lawn involves creating small holes in the soil to improve water, air, and nutrient penetration. This process helps alleviate soil compaction and promotes healthier root growth. Aim to aerate your lawn at least once a year, preferably during the cooler months.

Related: How to Aerate Your Lawn & Why You Should

  1. Remove Thatch and Moss with Seasonal Scarification

Scarifying is the process of raking or using a scarifying machine to remove dead grass, thatch, and moss from your lawn’s surface. This allows better airflow and prevents disease. Perform scarification once or twice a year to maintain a healthy lawn.

Related: The Best Time to Dethatch Your Lawn

  1. Enhance Your Lawn’s Density with Strategic Overseeding

Overseeding involves spreading new grass seed over existing turf to fill in bare patches and improve the overall density of your lawn. Choose a seed mix suitable for Phoenix’s climate and overseed in the fall  for the best results.

  1. Optimize Sunlight Exposure for a Thriving Lawn

Ensure that your lawn receives the maximum amount of sunlight possible. Trim back overhanging branches and prune nearby shrubs to allow ample sunlight to reach your grass. Sunlight is crucial for photosynthesis and helps your lawn grow strong and healthy.

  1. Persevere Through Unexpected Challenges from Mother Nature

In Phoenix, Arizona, weather conditions can be challenging for lawn care. From scorching heat to occasional droughts, it’s important to adapt and persevere. If your lawn faces setbacks due to weather or other factors, seek advice, make adjustments, and stay committed to your lawn care routine.

Achieving a beautiful lawn in Phoenix, Arizona is within your reach! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, Evergreen Turf is here to support your lawn care journey. Browse our website to explore our high-quality sod options and take the first step toward a lush and vibrant lawn. Invest in your lawn’s future with Evergreen Turf today.

Remember, with the right knowledge and care, your lawn can become the envy of the neighborhood. Implement these 10 DIY lawn care tips, stay consistent, and watch your lawn flourish under the Arizona sun.

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Sod in a Home Lawn

May 23rd, 2023

Installing sod can be an excellent way to achieve a lush and green lawn quickly. However, it can also be a time-consuming and costly if not done correctly. To ensure that your sod installation project is a success, it’s essential to avoid common mistakes that many homeowners make. This article will discuss the top mistakes to avoid when installing sod in a home lawn.

  1. Failing to Prepare the Soil

One of homeowners’ biggest mistakes when installing sod is failing to adequately prepare the soil. Before laying down sod, it’s essential to remove any weeds, rocks, or debris from the area. You also want to ensure that the soil is level and well-draining. This will help the sod root properly and receive the necessary nutrients to grow.

  1. Over or Underwatering

Another common mistake when installing sod is over or underwatering. Keeping the sod moist but not too wet or dry is crucial. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, while underwatering can cause the sod to dry out and die. Be sure to monitor the moisture level of the sod and adjust watering as needed.

  1. Not Allowing the Sod to Root

After installing the sod, it’s important to allow it to root properly before mowing or walking on it. This can take several weeks, depending on the type of sod and the weather conditions. Walking or mowing on the sod too soon can cause it to dislodge and damage the roots, leading to patchy or uneven growth.

  1. Ignoring Fertilization and Maintenance

Once the sod has rooted, it’s essential to fertilize and maintain it properly. This includes regular watering, mowing, and fertilization. Ignoring these maintenance tasks can lead to a lackluster lawn that is susceptible to disease, pests, and other issues.

  1. Choosing the Wrong Type of Sod

Finally, choosing the right type of sod for your lawn’s specific conditions, such as soil type, sun exposure, and climate is vital. Choosing the wrong type of sod can lead to poor growth and an unsightly lawn. Take our quiz to see what type of sod varieties are best suited for your location.

Conclusion

In conclusion, installing sod can be a great way to achieve a beautiful lawn quickly. However, it’s important to avoid common mistakes that can lead to growth, health, and appearance issues. By properly preparing the soil, watering correctly, allowing the sod to root, and maintaining it well, you can ensure that your sod installation project is a success. And don’t forget to choose the right type of sod for your specific lawn conditions.

Looking to install sod in your home lawn? Evergreen Turf can help! With over 20 years of experience, Evergreen Turf offers high-quality sod varieties, expert installation services, and professional maintenance tips to help ensure your lawn looks its best year-round. Browse all of our sod varieties to learn more. Order now and get free delivery with a minimum purchase of 500sq/ft.

Tips for Spring Lawn Care in Phoenix, Arizona

April 20th, 2023

Springtime in Phoenix, Arizona, is an excellent time to give your lawn the care it needs to thrive throughout the year. With proper lawn care, you can ensure that your lawn is healthy, lush, and vibrant. Here are some tips for spring lawn care in Phoenix to help you achieve a beautiful lawn.

Begin with a soil test

Before you start any lawn care activities, getting a soil test is essential. A soil test will tell you your soil’s pH level and the nutrients it lacks. In Phoenix, Arizona, the soil is typically alkaline, with a pH range of 7.0 to 8.5. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that the soil’s pH is between 6.0 and 7.5. You can purchase a soil test kit at your local garden center or have your soil tested professionally. A soil test will help you determine what fertilizers to use and how much water your lawn needs.

Aerate your lawn

Phoenix, Arizona, has a desert climate, which means the soil is often compacted. A compacted soil makes it difficult for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. To fix this problem, you should aerate your lawn. Aerating involves removing small plugs of soil from your lawn, allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the roots more easily. You can rent an aerator or hire a professional to do it for you.

Dethatch your lawn

Thatch is a layer of dead grass and debris that accumulates on the surface of your lawn. Too much thatch can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your grass. You can remove thatch from your lawn by using a dethatching rake or a power dethatcher. A power dethatcher will do the job much faster than a rake, but it can be expensive to rent or buy.

Fertilize your lawn

Fertilizing your lawn is crucial to its health and growth. In Phoenix, Arizona, it’s best to use a slow-release fertilizer that will provide your grass with a steady supply of nutrients throughout the growing season. Choose a fertilizer with low nitrogen and high potassium content, as this will help your grass tolerate Phoenix’s hot, dry climate. You should apply fertilizer to your lawn in early spring when your grass begins to green up. Be sure to follow the fertilizer package instructions and not over-fertilize your lawn.

Water your lawn deeply

Phoenix is known for its hot and dry climate, so watering your lawn is crucial. You should water your lawn deeply and infrequently, allowing the water to penetrate the soil deeply. Watering your lawn too frequently can lead to shallow root growth, making your grass more susceptible to drought and disease. It’s best to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler, and there’s less evaporation.

Mow your lawn regularly

Mowing your lawn regularly is essential to keep it healthy and looking good. When you mow your lawn, you should never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade. Cutting too much grass at once can weaken your grass and make it more susceptible to disease. You should also keep your mower blades sharp to ensure a clean cut.

Control weeds

Weeds are a common problem in Phoenix, Arizona, but you can control them by using a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring. A pre-emergent herbicide will prevent weeds from germinating and taking root in your lawn. If you already have weeds in your lawn, you can use a post-emergent herbicide to kill them. Be sure to follow the instructions on the herbicide package, and avoid using too much, as it can harm your grass.

Consider overseeding

Overseeding is the process of planting grass seed over your existing lawn. It’s a great way to fill in your lawn’s thin or patchy areas and promote healthy growth. In Phoenix, Arizona, it’s best to overseed your lawn in the fall, but you can also do it in the spring. Be sure to choose a grass seed that’s well-suited for Phoenix’s hot and dry climate.

Hire a professional

If you don’t have the time or expertise to care for your lawn, consider hiring a professional. A lawn care professional can help you with everything from fertilizing and watering to mowing and aerating your lawn. They can also advise you on the best lawn care practices for your specific needs.

Take care of your equipment

Finally, it’s essential to take care of your lawn care equipment. Sharpen your mower blades regularly to ensure a clean cut, and clean your equipment after each use to prevent rust and corrosion. Also, be sure to store your equipment in a cool, dry place during the off-season.

In conclusion, you can have a beautiful and healthy lawn in Phoenix, Arizona with proper care and attention. Following these tips lets you keep your lawn looking its best throughout the year. Remember to start with a soil test, aerate and dethatch your lawn, fertilize and water it properly, mow it regularly, control weeds, consider overseeding, hire a professional if needed, and take care of your equipment. With these steps, you’ll have a lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood.

Evergreen Turf offers a wide selection of sod grass varieties perfectly suited for Arizona’s climate. Whether you wish to sod a small play area for the family or an entire golf course, Evergreen Turf can help you make it happen. Contact us today.

An Overview of Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

March 16th, 2023

Palmetto St. Augustine is the most popular patented turfgrass worldwide. Due to its versatility, this grass is found across most of the southern and southwestern United States and is a popular choice for Arizona homeowners. Homeowners tend to select it over other St. Augustine brands because of its better color, finer texture, and superior tolerance to shade, cold, frost, heat, and drought. This is due to the extensive root system that grows underneath the soil’s surface.

A Look at the Origins of Palmetto St. Augustine

A review of the history of Palmetto St. Augustine reveals that it has a long and varied past. This grass has been used for centuries, from the earliest days of colonial settlements to the modern era. It is a hardy, durable grass that is well-suited for hot, humid, and even dry climates, making it a popular choice for many Arizona homeowners. Its attractive appearance and ability to withstand a range of conditions have made it a favorite among homeowners and gardeners alike.

Originally a specialized grass with enhanced shade tolerance, Palmetto St. Augustine is now found across the globe, with more than two billion square feet sold and demand continuously on the rise.

Information Regarding Palmetto St. Augustine

Palmetto St. Augustine is a type of turfgrass which is native to the southeastern United States. It is an especially popular grass for lawns in Arizona, and it is used for golf courses, parks, and other large areas as well. This grass is quite tolerant of a variety of soil types, temperatures, and moisture levels, making it an ideal choice for many different environments. It is also a low-maintenance grass which requires less fertilization and watering than other types of turf. Additionally, it is resistant to many diseases and pests, which helps it to remain healthy and attractive over time.

Characteristics and Traits of Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

Palmetto St. Augustine grass has distinctive traits and attributes. It is a type of grass that is well-suited for warm climates and is tolerant of humidity. It is a hardy grass that is resistant to drought, heat and salt, which is one of the many reasons it is a popular sod variety in lawns across Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The blades are medium to dark green in color and are coarse in texture. It is a low maintenance grass, however, it does require regular fertilization and irrigation. This type of grass is generally free of disease and pests.

In comparison to other varieties of St. Augustine, Palmetto has a more delicate blade that is not as wide. This allows it to make a denser covering of grass. Furthermore, its semi-dwarf stature leads to it growing at a lesser height than other St. Augustines, thus necessitating less cutting to maintain an optimal height.

The natural color of healthy grass is green, but it can have a range of shades and hues. Palmetto is a vivid emerald green.

When it comes to warm-season grasses that can tolerate shade, St. Augustine is at the top of the list, with Palmetto being the cultivar that is the most resilient in this regard.

In comparison to other types of St. Augustines, Palmetto displays a higher resistance to cold, frost, heat and drought.

Establishing Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

For establishing Palmetto in the yard, sod, plugs, or stolons can be utilized; however, there exists no such thing as St. Augustine seed. Installing Palmetto St. Augustine sod is the most suitable option for homeowners looking to have it on their lawn.

If you are thinking about installing Palmetto St. Augustine, then consider contacting the team at Evergreen Turf with any questions you have. If you’re ready to buy, you buy directly on our website.

 

Upkeep of Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

Mowing and Watering of Palmetto and St. Augustine

Depending on the season, it should be cut to a length of 2-2.5 inches. During the autumn and winter, mowing should be done less frequently and the grass should be left slightly taller than usual. This will help promote the growth of stronger roots during the winter months. You can achieve this by adjusting the mower’s height settings to a slightly higher level.

Weekly, your Palmetto St Augustine sod should receive about an inch of water, including rain. To avoid disease issues, be mindful not to give it too much, as shade and excess moisture can be a breeding ground for disease.

Fertilization of Palmetto St. Augustine grass is an important step in its growth and health. The process of fertilization keeps the grass green and strong, ensuring the lawn looks its best. It is important to fertilize regularly to get the most out of this grass. Check out our lawn care guide: Arizona Sod and Lawn Nutrition & Fertilization for more information.

Controlling insects and diseases in Palmetto St. Augustine is an important task. Using preventative measures to keep the environment healthy is the best way to avoid insects and disease all together. Check out our guide on insect control.

The Saint Augustine grass type is especially vulnerable to chinch bug infestations, so it is wise to use a broad-spectrum insecticide like Bifen L/P if any insect damage is detected. Additionally, white grub worms should be watched for as well. If previous fungal or disease issues have been experienced in the Palmetto grass, a systemic fungicide should be applied in order to avoid future occurrences, particularly during the spring and fall when soil temperatures are changing. Palmetto is able to tolerate more shade than other warm season turfgrasses, making it more susceptible to disease with reduced exposure to sunlight. As such, it is suggested to utilize a fungicide preventively, such as Heritage G Granular Fungicide. Be sure to read product labels before use.

Controlling weeds in Palmetto St. Augustine grass lawns is an important task. Ensuring that weeds don’t overtake the lawn is key to keeping it healthy and looking great.

For St. Augustine turfgrass, it is recommended to use a pre-emergent herbicide in both the spring and fall for effective weed control.