There is a secret behind achieving a beautifully green, lush lawn in the Valley of the Sun that not many homeowners know. Overseeding – part of a proactive maintenance plan – keeps lawns from going dormant until the warm weather of spring returns. If you want an aesthetically pleasing lawn year round, it is important to over-seed with Arizona’s cooler season grass, Perennial Rye grass.
The optimum time to overseed is during the first two weeks of October. This is ideal because good seed germination requires sun, adequate water, and contact with the soil while it’s still warm. If you wait until November, the cooler temperatures may slow the process of germination, providing you with uneven results. To ensure success, without wasting natural resources when overseeding your lawn, follow this basic guide:
Benefits of Fall Overseeding
There are significant benefits to overseeding in the fall. Benefits include:
- Filling in areas damaged by summer stress, disease, and/or insects.
- Thickening and increasing the density of thin lawns.
- Improving the lawn’s appearance (going for the green).
- Enhancing the lawn’s ability to fight off insects and diseases.
Going for the Green
The following 8 tips will help over-seed your lawn.
#1. Stop fertilizing 4 to 6 weeks prior to overseeding your Bermuda grass.
#2. Lightly de-thatch your lawn to allow the seed to contact the soil. This is accomplished by setting the dethatcher blades to cut approximately ¼” into the soil – any deeper and you risk damaging the root structure of your Bermuda. Rake the removed thatch into piles and dispose of it properly.
#3. The next step is scalping. This lowers the height of the Bermuda, making it easier for the Perennial Rye grass seed to receive the sunlight it needs, in order to germinate. It is recommended that you drop your mowing height to ¼” – ½”. Clippings can be used as a top-dressing after seed is spread.
#4. Apply 10 to 15 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Include a quality starter fertilizer with seed. Broadcast seed in two directions to achieve even coverage.
#5. Cover the seed with ¼-inch of organic, salt-free mulch, or scalping clippings to help retain moisture. Keep seeds damp by watering 3 to 4 times per day to keep the top ½-inch of soil wet. Seed should germinate in about 7 days.
#6. When grass is 1-inch tall, reduce watering to once per day.
#7. When grass is 2-inches tall, at about the 2-week mark, mow for the first time. After the second or third mowing, 3 or 4 weeks in, water once every 2 to 3 days to a depth of 4”-6”.
#8. Once your lawn is established, water once every week.
Ensuring a lush, green lawn year ‘round can be a time consuming chore, however there is another option: overseeded sod. Overseed sod, is exactly like it sounds, sod that has been pre-overseeded and ready to be laid down. Purchasing overseeded sod through Cutting Edge Curbing, can provide you with the same assurances of year-round green grass, minus all the headache.
It’s important to note that overseeded sod is seasonal and dependent upon the growing conditions of the season as well as the variety of grass seed. Please contact us to check the availability of overseeded sod.
Don’t wait to overseed until your lawn looks less than its best! If you have any questions, or need assistance with over-seeding your lawn this fall, please contact Cutting Edge Curbing at (602) 353-1020. Let our friendly uniformed crews show you what our customers mean when they say, “It turned out even better than we expected!” by contacting us today.