Spring Landscaping Phoenix: Bermuda Grass
Bermuda is divided to into two main categories, common and hybrids. The type of Bermuda you used for your Phoenix lawn landscaping will determine how you will maintain it.
A less dense grass can be mowed at 2 inches and will still look good, while high density hybrids such as Tifway, Tifway II, TifSport, Bob-Sod, or Santa Ana have to be kept shorter as brown patches will appear if allowed to grow this tall. A medium density hybrid or common Bermuda is the best choice for the average Arizona homeowner as they are less labor intensive, use fewer resources, and overseed well.
Moisture also plays an important role in spring transition of Bermuda grass. While dry conditions affect the transition and re greening of Bermuda grass a mores serious issue to watch for is too much moisture. Dry conditions can be remedied with irrigation, but when Bermuda grass is exposed to prolonged wet conditions in the spring, the excess moisture depletes its energy reserve and prevents new growth. Be sure to provide effective drainage for your lawn.
Fertilization practices have been shown to have striking effects on spring recovery as have irrigation and proper mowing . However, timing is everything! If you apply to early you place your lawn at risk of injury from late spring freeze.
The proper time to apply ammonia nitrates to your lawn is after the danger of a severe freeze is past, but before complete recovery. Nitrogen applied at that time will promote leaf growth which and root development which ensures that you and your family can enjoy a lush healthy lawn year after year.
Following these simple tips will allow your Phoenix lawn landscaping to remain lush and green year round!