bermuda rye - Knowledgebase Question

maricopa, az
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Question by melissa46
April 23, 2007
when is the best time in spring to fertilize as the native bermuda rye comes in?

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2007
Turfgrass is a little confusing here because we have to grow 2 different types if we want a year-around green lawn. There is no grass species that can survive both hot and cold temperature extremes here. There are two main types of turfgrass grown here in the low desert: a warm-season grass, which is Bermuda. St. Augustine, Zoysia and Buffalograss are other warm season choices, but they are not commonly planted here. If you want a winter lawn, Bermuda is overseeded for the cool-season with ryegrass. Also, there is no such grass as a "native bermuda rye." Bermuda that is not overseeded is fertilized monthly from April through October. Bermuda that is overseeded (with rye) is fertilized monthly from December through August. Stop fertilizing 4 to 6 weeks before overseeding in September through November. Hope this info helps!

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