Starting a lawn from seed in Arizona is not easy. The heat in southern Arizona and infrequent rainfall make it difficult for grass seeds to germinate. Your chances of success improve immeasurably when you start with sod made of the right kind of grass for your light, water and soil conditions. The most popular types of grass for this region are bermuda grasses and hybrid bermudagrass. See below for descriptions and information and information on some sod varieties that are uniquely suited for the Arizona climate.
You should also take into consideration how you want to use your lawn. If you expect that you, your family and guests will walk across your lawn frequently, consider one of the types of grass that golf courses use. For example, Tifway is very popular in the Phoenix area because it establishes itself relatively easily and homeowners can achieve a very manicured look with proper mowing techniques. Similarly, Tifgreen is also a hybrid Bermuda grass. It performs well with southern Arizona's low rainfall levels and high summertime temperatures.
In general, the best sod in Phoenix is a warm season grass. Warm season grass differs from its cool season counterparts by being able to survive in dry soil. Warm season grasses do not depend on spring rains to grow but can tolerate the high heat of the summer. Warm season grasses grow fastest during the summer months and tend to require less water than cool season grasses.
Arizona sod is an excellent choice for homeowners because sod gives weed seeds less space, light, water and nutrients to establish themselves in your lawn. Grass in high-quality sod is dense and has a well-developed root structure that will grow into the soil of your yard. You should expect to have to water your sod frequently for the first few weeks after you install it and taper off as the roots become acclimated to their new location. The specific amount of water you will need depends on the species of grass and any conditions on your property that add or reduce moisture to your lawn.
It makes good sense to purchase your Arizona sod from a reputable local company like Evergreen Turf. Not only will you benefit from their local expertise; you will minimize your worries about the sod drying out or overheating during transport, and about any regulations concerning bringing in plants from out-of-state. After the grass is cut from the sod farm, you should install it within 1 day to achieve the best results. Prepare the underlying soil before the sod arrives on your property. Your landscaper will be able to provide invaluable assistance with respect to the degree to which you need to cultivate the soil as well as inform you of soil amendments that you need to add to provide proper nutrition to the sod. When you need sod in Arizona your provider will be able to tell you how best to maintain the sod to create a healthy lawn that will serve you for many years. For more information about preparing for sod or maintaining your new sod lawn, take a look at our lawn care section.