Best Grass for Arizona Lawns

With all the different types of sod varieties available, it can be difficult to figure out which one will work best for your home lawn. A simple online search will return results including:

Top 3 Best Grass Types for Arizona Lawns

To make matters even more confusing, there are over 100 varieties of certain types of grasses, and even more types of sod that are hybrid. This means they are a mix between two or more grass species.

So, we're here to clear up any confusion you may have and help you select the perfect sod for your Arizona lawn.

In general, try to think of your sod varieties belonging to one of two groups; warm season grasses and cool season grasses.

Warm season sod includes heat tolerant varieties such as:


Cool Season Sod includes:


You'll want to choose your grass variety based on the time of year that you want to install your lawn. Ordering sod is the best and the least time-consuming of your options. Why? Because it provides an instant lawn with less maintenance. When you order sod, it comes delivered to your house in rolls. Then, it's simply unrolled and installed on top of soil. Other options include sprigging or plugging your lawn. However, these methods require much more of your time to establish and maintain the lawn. This is why most homeowners choose sod rolls for their lawns.

Based on our experience of installing thousands of home lawns across Phoenix and Tucson, we recommend these three types of sod as the best grass for Arizona lawns.

1. Midiron

This grass is the most widely used turfgrass in Arizona because it is an attractive, low maintenance turf. Midiron has medium coarse leaf texture with a blue-green color. Midiron transitions extremely well from winter over-seeding and recovers quickly from high traffic. Midiron can be mowed with a reel mower or a sharp rotary mower.

2. Palmetto St Augustine

Palmetto is a semi-dwarf St. Augustine grass and is our best performer in shady conditions. Palmetto also thrives in full sunlight and is the most heat-tolerant of all St. Augustine cultivars. Palmetto has a coarse texture with a soft leaf. Palmetto makes a stunning bright green turf. Palmetto should not be over-seeded in the winter. Palmetto should be mowed with a sharp rotary mower.

3. Tifway 419

Tifway is has extraordinary durability combined with a dark green, medium fine texture. Tifway 419 is a great choice for home lawns, sports fields, and golf fairways. Tifway can be mowed with a sharp rotary motor, or a reel mower can be used for a more manicured look.

If you're STILL not sure which sod to choose, check out our Lawn Selector Tool or contact us today.

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