Tucson Sod Monthly News Roundup - October/November 2013

Check out the latest news stories related to Tucson sod, sod maintenance, and Arizona Gardeners.

Arizona Gardeners: Overseeding bermuda grass with winter rye

Now is the time to overseed bermuda grass lawns with annual rye grass. Bermuda grass, in both its common and hybrid forms, is not a cold weather turf. As soon as the winter chills come, it goes dormant and turns brown until the warm weather of spring returns. If you want your lawn to look green all year long, you will have to overseed it with rye grass. The keys for making a successful fall transition are: 1) plant at the correct time, 2) get good seed coverage, 3) hide the seed from the birds, and 4) keep the seed wet until it gets established. Read the full story

Giant striped eulalia grass makes a statement in dry garden

Considered among the royalty of the grass kingdom, this large miscanthus is a good substitute for invasive pampas grass. And this grass only needs to be mowed once a year. Also called Silver Feather, this stately grass with variegated leaves can be a major focal point in the dry garden. It creates a large statement near entryways or at the back of the border. Cream-striped leaves emerge in spring and quickly grow to 6 to 8 feet. Read the full story

How to handle flooding in your backyard

Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Romero's radio show with questions. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona. Here are questions about home maintenance and improvement from the Tucson area.

Q: We live in a 4,000 square-foot subdivision house where the backyard inclines toward the patio. The incline is not too steep, but it's enough so that when the monsoon comes along, floods develop on the patio. So what should we do? Should we tear it all out and start over? Read the full story here

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