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How to Incorporate Sports Areas in Your Yard

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Arizona Backyard Ideas on a Budget – 2016 Edition

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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 Get Rid of Weeds – For Good!

Wednesday, 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.

Sod in Arizona Has Not Been Treated Well This Summer

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This summer has been rough on sod in Arizona, especially on many of the golf courses in the Valley. With all of the crazy weather Arizona had this year it made it difficult for bermudagrass to grow in well, creating sub par greens. We are happy to know that summer is almost over and things are looking up for Arizona golf courses.

In order to get some of the Valley’s best golf courses ready for the fall Evergreen Turf is rolling out the green carpet for these courses. After the hard summer these courses have had we will be busy maintaining the greens and fairways to ensure they are up to par come fall.

Evergreen Turf, Arizona’s premier sod producer is also working on TPC Scottsdale, Wildfire at Desert Ridge, Poston Butte (see image on right) and Gainey Ranch just to name a few. We have our freshest varieties of sod from our Arizona farms ready for all golf courses. We’ll be sodding and sprigging with some of our Arizona sod varieties such as TifGrand, Tifway, Tifgreen, MiniVerde, TifEagle and TifDwarf. Evergreen Turf isn’t the only one who has noticed how hard Arizona golf courses were hit this summer. The United States Golf Association (USGA) has also taken note of the huge difference Arizona golf courses have had transitioning this summer compared to last.

Evergreen Turf is looking forward to Valley residents and guests getting the chance to play on these golf courses once they are fresh and ready with some of our very own Arizona sod. Also we are looking forward to our Arizona Cardinal’s getting out on their field of our Arizona sod come fall, now that the NFL lock out is over!

Best Grasses for Arizona Lawns

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

There are many sod varieties to choose from when picking out grass for your Arizona lawn. As Arizona’s premier sod producer, we recommend Midiron, Palmetto St. Augustine, or TifGrand. All of these are great choices for the Arizona climate. Here is a little more information on each one.

TifGrand is an excellent choice if your lawn is going to have a lot of shade coverage. TifGrand is specifically designed to grow in shaded areas (But it does need 4+ hours of sun).

Midiron is one of the most popular choices for Arizona lawns. It is known to recover quickly from over-seeding which is great if you love having a lush lawn in the winter. If you enjoy entertaining outside during Arizona’s mild winter or refreshing spring than Midiron just might be the Arizona sod variety for you. It handles high traffic areas well, is easy to maintain and is both heat and drought tolerant.

Palmetto St. Augustine is the second best shade-tolerant grass for Arizona lawns. People are attracted to this variety not only for it’s shade tolerance, but also for it’s unique texture. The Palmetto St. Augustine is a lighter colored sod variety with a wider blade. Great for Phoenix and Tucson area homeowners, especially if you have shade on your lawn, and kids that like to play in the grass.

These are the best grasses for Arizona lawns. When selecting your sod variety, consider how much sunlight your lawn gets, your lifestyle (kids or pets), and how often you want to mow it. These are just a few of the sod varieties that Evergreen Turf offers, if you need help selecting a sod variety for your life and home use our easy “Lawn Selector Tool.”

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Arizona Sod: Make Sure Your Sod Isn’t Drinking Too Much Water

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

April is water awareness month in Arizona, so we want to make sure you’re Arizona sod is getting the right amount of water while not wasting any. We found some tips that are useful and can be used year round.

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For the next week you can make a great impact by following some of the water awareness tips found here. Click on each day for the Water Use It Wisely special tips; we know some of the tips aren’t just for your lawn, but in the grand scheme of things we still want you to conserve water for our state.

When it comes to watering your lawn we recommend that you check the Water Use It Wisely watering guide or your local newspaper daily. If you are unable to check it daily, check it weekly to ensure that you are not only over watering your lawn, but that you aren’t wasting any water.

With summer coming right around the corner you can also refer to our irrigation/watering schedule for summer time to make sure you know how much water your Evergreen Turf lawn requires. Make it a goal to adjust your watering schedule and conserve as much water as you can!

TifGrand: A New Sod Variety That Grows In The Shade

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

TifGrand – Available Summer 2011

Evergreen Turf, Arizona’s premier sod producer, is the exclusive licensed seller of TifGrand bermudagrass in the Southwest. TifGrand bermudagrass is brand new to the sod market. One of the most distinctive and beneficial characteristics of the TifGrand variety is it can grow in the shade! Evergreen Turf is currently one of 18 licensed turf providers to sell this amazing new sod variety.

For Arizona residents TifGrand Bermudagrass is an excellent sod choice. Arizona residents who want shade in the heat of the summer no longer have to compromise their beautiful green lawn. If your yard contains shade tree coverage or if your home creates shade coverage over your lawn during the day, TifGrand might be the answer for you.

  • Can flourish in growth in 60-70% shade coverage; is known to continue growth well in up to 90% shade levels.
  • Can grow at the same capacity in full sun.
  • Requires considerably less water and fertilizer.
  • Has a naturally denser and darker green blade.
  • Mole cricket non-preference, which means the pests will eat it, but will eat other grass varieties nearby first.
  • TifGrand was developed by scientists Dr. Wayne Hanna and Dr. Kris Braman and the University of Georgia’s turfgrass breeding program.

Arizona was a testing location throughout the development process of TifGrand bermudagrass and Evergreen Turf is confident this new sod variety will be a great choice for Arizona residents. Not only is TifGrand great for Arizona homeowners, but it is also a great sod variety for golf courses, athletics fields, and stadiums.

Anywhere where turf grows and shade is present, make the change to TifGrand bermudagrass.

*Please note that all TifGrand cannot tolerate 100% shade. It will still require 4 hours or more of sunlight per day in order to thrive.

Phoenician Resort Gets TifEagle Putting Green

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

phoenician-putting-greenOn Thursday, September 30th, Evergreen Turf and Landscapes Unlimited completed sod installation on a new putting green at The Phoenician Resort Golf Course. The golf course hole was rerouted after the Resorts’ completion of a new ballroom. The hole adds to the character of the resort with its stunning island green surrounded by white sand. “It makes a dramatic back drop for the new ballroom and a dramatic finish for the golfers,” said (our very own) Jimmy Fox, Co-Owner of Evergreen Turf. The Phoenician Golf Course is surrounded by majestic desert views and attached to one of Arizona’s finest resorts.

Evergreen Turf used sod variety, TifEagle, the third generation of bermudagrass varieties developed exclusively for golf greens at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton, GA. It’s used on more golf courses than any other ultradwarf and is the standard that all other greens are measured by. “TifEagle is ideal for putting greens because it is extremely fine-textured and can be mowed below one-eighth of an inch,” Fox said. TifEagle is a patented variety and can only be sold as certified sod or sprigs, and only by licensed members of the TifEagle Growers Association. Evergreen Turf is a one of those proud members to provide this variety.

TifEagle was created to withstand the abuse from reduced mowing height, frequent-verticutting, increased topdressing and minimal irrigation. TifEagle was designed to improve the speed, consistency and playability of greens and in test after test, TifEagle’s quality rated superior to Tifdwarf and other warm-season grasses. Putting speed tests are routinely in the 9 to 10 range on the Stimpmeter and often exceed 10.5 to 11 during intense management for tournament play.

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Interested in learning more about the TifEagle variety? Visit our professional sod varieties page, scroll to the bottom to find specification on TifEagle.