The Q&A Archives: Lawn and Grass.

Question: My question is concerning my grass. Throughout the winter our lawn has been taking a beating. Now the months are getting warmer we are having a difficulty getting our grass back to the thick green it use to be. Is there any advise that could be given to us conerning this things we can do and buy to treat our lawn? thank you very much.


Answer: There are two main types of grass grown here in the low desert: a warm-season grass, which is Bermuda; it is sometimes overseeded for the cool-season with ryegrass. There is no grass species that can survive both temperature extremes here. However, many people install the Bermuda grass for the warm months and then let it go dormant in the winter. It's usually brown from about Thanksgiving until temps. warm up in the spring. Ryegrass does not get seeded by itself; in other words, you overseed Bermuda with rye, but rye can't be the only grass. Overseeding takes place in October by Nov. 15. Without knowing if you have overseeded ryegrass or dormant Bermuda, and what you are actually doing to your grass to get it into shape, it's difficult to say. It is still early for Bermuda to be coming out of dormancy, so it may be as simple as that. However, would you please send another email to the Q&A site (don't reply directly to this, as it won't go anywhere to be answered), detailing what type of grass, what you are doing to it (water, fertilizer, etc.), and what you mean by it "took a beating" this winter. Then I can provide a more useful reply. Thanks!

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