Generally speaking you should fertilize your lawn once in spring, summer and early fall.
Do not fertilize your lawn during the cold season months. However be sure to use a “winterizer” during the winter months. This should be done at least once but twice is ideal. Ask you local nursery for this type of “winterizer”.
Here is one question I get all the time. When do I mow my lawn? Here is my standard answer. Mow it when it needs it. Duh.
Always keep you mower blades sharp this helps the blades from recuperating much faster thus making it look much better and greener.
Also lift your mower blades up one notch after each mowing. Too low and the grass will look dull and brownish the higher the blades the better.
Below I will list the types of lawn grasses or sod for general landscaping design.
But first the difference between grass and sod. Grass is sod and sod is grass. You can purchase bermuda, fescue, zoysia, and St. Augustine grass in sod form.
You can also get them in seed form. Seed grass comes in well seeds. It is usually spread with a broadcast , handheld or dropdown spreader you can even do it
by hand but may come out in clumps. It works best with a broadcast spreader.
Sod is commercially grown and usually cut to the buyers specifications.
You can purchase sod at a nursery or at a retail sod store. It comes in a mat size of about 16″ by 45″ for a total of 5sq ft.
– Has many uses and is what most folks use through out the desert southwest. It is very drought tolerant and will creep and grow during the summer season.
However you can control spreading with some of the hybrids below.
Here are some varieties and descriptions of bermuda sod.
This type of grass/sod is drought tolerant, you can water about 1-2 times per week during the hot summer months. About 15 minutes on a sprinkler system. If you want it to look super I recommend once every other day during the hot summer months.
It can tolerate traffic and is perfect for the backyard. You should fertilizer at least once per month. There are several varieties to choose from and below is a list.
Bermuda -Tifton is for home lawns, commercial fields, coarse & blends with common Bermuda.
Bermuda -Tifgreen is for home lawns, commercial, putting greens and the blades are fine, low growing grass.
Bermuda -Tifway 419 used for lawns, commercial, fairways, medium blades.
Bermuda -Santa Ana used for home lawns, commercial, fields, medium type blades.
Bermuda -Texturf 10 Mostly used for home lawns, and have coarse blades.
Bermuda -Overseeded with perennial rye used for lawns, commercial , medium to fine blades.
Overseeded means the perennial rye will look green through the winter months but will go dormant during the summer season when the
Bermuda looks best. You can calculate how much sod or topsoil you need at:
– There are several varieties of fescue. This type of grass/sod is not drought tolerant but looks great almost year round wit additional watering. It will usually cost more in sod or seed form.
Fescue Advantage known as Festuca arundinaceum, is a cool season, perennial grass which means it will stay green all year round.
Tall Fescue is actually Kentucky 31 variety and is a cool season grass but will do well during the hot summer months with ample watering.
Creeping or red Fescue, can be grown in single stands and prefers more shadier and cooler areas than most other cool season fescue grasses.
Hard Fescue likes shade and is drought & disease resistant and it likes higher elevation type environment. Usually not available at retail nurseries. .