Time To Overseed Your Grass

If you want green grass during the winter in Arizona, October means that its time to change over to a more tolerant type of winter grass, like rye.  Now there are two basic types of rye, perrenial and annual.  Perrenial Rye is typically used if you plan to keep the rye around year-round and Annual Rye is meant to be planted, well, annually.   If the area you are replanting has a lot of trees that provide shade, Perennial Rye will help spots that

The Process:

For best results, there is a process to getting the best result.  If you remember back to your gradeschool days, you’ll remember that the plants rely on a process called photosynthesis, which involve the grass getting enough water and sunlight.  Since we want to give the new grass the best chance for fluorishing, you have to prep the area that you plan to seed.

  1.  A few weeks before you are going to put down seed, continually lower the heights of the mower.  If you try to cut too much at once, you’re going to hurt the bermuda plant, and since we want it to go dormant (not kill it), that’s not a good thing.
  2. Dethatching or Verticutting (Vertical Mowing) is a great way to prep the ground to receive the seed.  There are several ways to do this, you can purchase a special blade for your mower that has a spring tine on it or you can rent a power rake, which is a better way/ quicker way to get the job done.  Verticutting cuts through the thatch layer that forms a canopy on the ground.
  3. Use your mower as a vacuum.  If you have never verticut your grass, you’ll be surprised about how much thatch will come up.  Instead of spending time raking and shoveling all the grass into trash cans, use your mower as a vacuum cleaner and suck up all the dead grass.
  4. Get ready to put some seed down.

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