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Get Your Lawn Ready for Summer

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

With the Fourth of July approaching, summer BBQs are about to be in full swing. Is your backyard ready for its busy season? With a little proactive yard maintenance, you’ll be able to enjoy a pristine lawn all summer long. Here’s what you need to know about summer lawn care in Arizona.

Dethatch your lawn

Warm weather grasses like Bermuda grass and paspalum thrive in humidity, yet still require preparation before the desert storms roll in. The best way to maximize the benefits of seasonal weather is to first open up the blades with a power rack. Dethatching machine rentals are easy to operate and cost approximately $40 – $60 depending upon the duration needed. The idea is to decrease the lawn’s volume without digging into the soil. While methods vary, take the foolproof approach by dethatching the lawn from opposite directions and mowing up the remains. Your end goal is to give your grass maximum exposure to sunlight while allowing stolons to take root. While it’s not necessarily catastrophic to skip this step, lawn professionals deem it wasteful as overgrowth will simply sit with nowhere to go until it’s mowed up.

Fertilize and water

As monsoon storms increase the amount of moisture in the air, you want to be cautious not to over water your lawn. Adjust automatic sprinklers to come on twice per week (and up to four during dry spells). Many Arizonans choose to water less frequently—even during long periods of heat—and that’s okay. It comes down to a matter of aesthetics as the grass won’t completely die off. Rather it will go dormant and appear less healthy and green until it’s revived by a consistent watering schedule. Additionally, you might consider giving your lawn a boost by applying fertilizer one to two weeks prior to those storm clouds rolling in. New homeowners should take time to research an appropriate fertilizer and application schedule for their specific grass type.

Tackle the “Honey-Do” List

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare the rest of your outdoor space for BBQ guests. If you have a large yard, write down a few to-do items and tackle them one weekend at a time. You’ll have enough to worry about in the final days leading up to your party from entertainment to catering; don’t add unnecessary stress. Be mindful of the tasks you tend to put off like cleaning the grill and pulling those pesky weeds that love to take up residence in your front yard. Turn the kids’ chores into a friendly competitive game to motivate them for the summer fun to come.

Waiting until the week of your Fourth of July party to tackle the lawn might seem enticing, but as seasoned procrastinators know, it will turn out to be a bigger headache than it’s worth. Plan ahead for your upcoming BBQ (and other summer events) by marking the calendar and breaking large tasks into smaller, more manageable jobs. All the time spent laboring and sweating under the Arizona sun will be worth it once you crack into your first chilled beer surrounded by friends and family…and one beautifully manicured lawn.

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.

Summer Lawn Care Checklist

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

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Phoenix, Arizona is consistently ranked as the hottest city in the United States, with more than 100 days out of the year reaching temperatures above 99 degrees Fahrenheit. With the hot summer months upon us, it’s important for you to take care of your lawn, unless you want a nice dirt lot come fall.

To help you out, we’ve put together this summer lawn care checklist!

Trim trees and shrubs away from home, including roof

Plant drought-tolerant plants in sunny areas

Perennials typically grow well in the sun as well as a few others. Check out our article on the top 5 southwest plants with the prettiest blooms for more ideas on what to plant in your yard.

Watch out for grubs

These pests feed on your grass roots. Check for grubs by pulling back a small section of the sod. Look for the small, white little grub worms. If you see more than a handful of them per square foot, you need to treat your lawn with pesticide.

Set your mower blade height to 3 inches

Cut your grass too short and you risk burnout, especially in the hot, arid Arizona climate.

Mow frequently

Grass grows pretty fast in the summer, so you’ll want to be sure your mowing often and not taking off more than 1/3 of the blade each time you mow.

Pull weeds

Weeds are tough, and some may have survived past your spring lawn herbicide treatment. Get out your garden fork and just pull out any remaining weed in your lawn.

Water deeply only a few times per week

This promotes deep root growth.

Remove large clumps of grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and debris

Prevent scorpions by planting lavender and moving woodpiles

If you notice these creepy bugs in your yard, it’s best to manage the problem by spraying them with scorpion killer. Wait until it’s dark when they are most active, use a black light to find them, and spray them thoroughly to get rid of the problem.

Prepare for fall plantings

Fall gardening starts in the summer, at least the prep work. Start buying your favorite fall plants in the summer for use in the fall. For more, see our article on 5 plants and trees that grow well in the fall as well as our article on how to prepare for fall vegetable gardening.

As a final tip, make sure you are keeping your family safe this summer. Install pool fences if you have small children or pets who can’t swim. Keep herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides out of children’s reach.

Follow this summer lawn care checklist and you’ll have the best yard on the block!

Have a specific question about your lawn? Give us a call at (602) 626-9959 today.

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 if you don’t find what you are looking for. Better yet, stop by and meet the team at our convenient Chandler location.

Summer Lawn Care Watering Tips

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

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Check out these summer lawn care watering tips to help you keep your yard in tip-top shape through summer.

1. Water during the cool morning hours.

This helps to minimize evaporation. Do not water at night as this can promote disease.

2. Water your lawn every three days.

This can vary slightly depending on how well established your lawn is. If you have a fairly new lawn you may still need to water daily until it becomes more rooted. But if your lawn is a standard, well-established lawn then every three days should do it.

3. Adjust sprinkler heads to span the entire yard.

Most of the issues homeowners encounter with their lawn has to do with the sprinklers. Make sure your sprinklers are situated properly so that they span the entire lawn, leaving no patches dry or over-soaked.

4. Make sure nothing is blocking the sprinkler heads.

Check each and every sprinkler head to make sure it is set in line with the lawn and there is nothing blocking the water stream.

5. Hand water dry areas.

Rather than applying extra water to the entire lawn, simply hand water dry patches until they start to gain moisture levels comparable to the rest of the lawn.

6. Replace any damaged sprinklers immediately.

Check your sprinklers at least every couple of weeks for damage and replace accordingly. Ask your guests and children to tread lightly around the sprinkler heads to avoid excess damage.

7. Reduce watering when it has rained.

During monsoon season and other periods of heavy rain, be sure to adjust your watering schedule. Check for signs of overwatering such as puddles and discoloration. If needed, stop watering all together until the rain has cleared.

8. Water shaded areas about 30% less than sunny areas.

Shaded areas need less water than sunny areas since the shade helps the soil retain more water than sunny spots. Note that no type of sod can tolerate 100% shade. So while it might be tempting to throw up shade sails all over your yard to combat the hot Arizona summer months, this is not recommended.

9. If your yard runs at a slope, make sure you have an irrigation system in place.

Proper irrigation is essential for overall lawn health. So if needed, install an irrigation system to allow water runoff from your lawn. If you don’t feel confident doing this on your own, it’s best to hire a contractor to do this for you.

For more information on summer lawn care and watering tips, check out our page Lawn Care – Summer Health.

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 if you don’t find what you are looking for. Better yet, stop by and meet the team at our convenient Chandler location.