By Olive Dawson
Keeping your lawn green and well maintained in the Phoenix area can be tricky at certain times of the year. Lawns require a little more maintenance and care in the desert region to stay healthy and robust year-round in the warm climate. Consider these tips for a luscious Phoenix lawn to keep your yard looking great:
- Check Your Soil
Most Phoenix lawns will be a warm-season grass variety, like Zoysiagrass, St. Augustine, or Bermudagrass, which all do well in hot climates. Make sure that your soil is the right mix of nutrients for your grass type. You can pick up a soil test at a local garden center and can quickly see if your soil has more acidic or neutral conditions. If you find that your soil is lacking something, consider adding different nutrients to help it reach the point of acidity that your particular grass variety prefers.
- Know How Much to Water
Most lawns require long watering sessions multiple times a week, but this is just not sustainable in the drought-prone Phoenix area. Some homeowners choose to water their lawns longer during cooler parts of the year while then switching to shorter periods during the high drought season. However, doing so can weaken your lawn and stress it out. Consider watering for a short amount of time consistently throughout the year to allow your grass to become accustomed to the drought conditions of the Phoenix area.
- Water Early or Late
The best time to water your lawn in the Phoenix area is before the sun has a chance to evaporate anything. Choose to water in the early morning, possibly even before the sun rises, to give your grass the opportunity to soak up as much moisture as possible. Watering in the heat of the day is not a good choice as is after work when the sun is still quite strong. Some Phoenix homeowners may get away with watering after sunset since the dry conditions of the area won’t grow fungi in the lawn as in other parts of the country.
- Control Weeds
Mowing your lawn at a high level, around 2 ½- 3 inches, will help shade the root system of your lawn as well as keep weed seeds at bay. Be proactive about weed growth in applying a weed control to the grass before weeds get the chance to take root and grow. For those weeds that you missed, make sure to pull them out with the root intact to do the job well. Reseed those heavily weed-prone areas of your lawn to encourage grass to grow instead of more weeds.
- Provide Energy Sources
As with any living thing, your lawn can quickly use its reserves and will need some extra energy to keep it luscious all year long. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer to keep it regularly fed for an extended period. Other good energy sources include compost from your compost bin as well as organic fertilizer options that are readily available at your local garden center.
- Consider Overseeding
Some warm season grass varieties, like Zoysiagrass, are notorious for turning brown in the winter season. For those homeowners wanting to have a luscious and green lawn all year round, consider overseeding a Zoysiagrass lawn with a cool season grass, like Kentucky Bluegrass or ryegrass, during the winter. Doing so will allow the cool season grass to grow during the winter while the warm season grass goes dormant.
Keeping your lawn healthy and green all year long can require some extra maintenance for Phoenix homeowners. Make sure that your soil is at an optimal level for your grass type as well as free of weeds that could hinder its growth. Know when and how much to water your lawn in the desert region of the Southwest as well. Overseeding in the winter as well as feeding your lawn with added energy sources are also great tips for a luscious Phoenix lawn all year long.
Olive Dawson is a gardening and landscape writer for WikiLawn and environmentalist. She is always searching for new ways to reduce waste and grow food organically. She is most proud of her homemade beauty products. For more information about WikiLawn, visit www.wikilawn.com.
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