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Phoenix Landscaping: Preparing Your Landscape for Fall/Winter

Taking care of your lawn is a year-round job for a homeowner. Caring for Phoenix landscaping can seem difficult in the summer months because of the extreme heat. However, the fall/winter months are just as important for Phoenix landscaping. By taking the proper steps, your lawn can be green in any season of the year.

Most Phoenix homes have Bermuda grass planted in their yard. When fall arrives many homeowners are under the impression that their grass is “dying” because it turns yellow or brown in color. What is actually happening is the Bermuda is going into its dormant season. This is part of the natural life cycle of Bermuda grass and shouldn’t worry the owner.

Bermuda grass usually enters the dormant cycle around mid-September. While the top of the lawn appears yellow and dead, the roots below are very much alive and preparing to bring new life in the spring. This is an important time in Phoenix landscaping. It is at this time that one should prepare to overseed their lawn with Ryegrass.

The best time to plant Ryegrass into Phoenix landscaping is when the night temperatures are consistently in the 60’s. When you are ready the lawn will need to be dethatched, or cut extremely low and thinned. Cutting the grass to around an inch and a half is usually the right level.

After the grass has been scalped, the seed is laid. This can be done using a drop seeder.

Once the seed has been laid, the watering schedule in the first two to three weeks is very important. It is best to water four or five times during the day for short durations. The ground should be kept moist but not be soaking.

After two weeks from the seeding date one should start to see sprouts of the new grass appear. It’s important during first several weeks after planting that there is not a lot of activity on the new seed. Make sure to keep pets off the grass as much as possible. Sometimes it is easiest to use temporary fencing.

Preparing a lawn for the fall/winter can be time and labor intensive. While there are many factors to think of such as timing, watering, and cost many people do choose to have a green lawn year around. With some care and preparation one can have beautiful landscaping in the fall/winter just like they do in the spring/summer.

Ed Bambauer is owner of Corona Landscape – a family-owned and operated full-service landscaper, providing landscape maintenance services in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo. For more information about Phoenix landscaping, visit our website.