starting a new lawn during arizona winter - Knowledgebase Question

Tempe, Ar
Question by myoporum
October 18, 2009
My backyard is basically a dirt lot. If I want to start a new lawn in October, can I seed with Bermuda seed or will it not even grow? If I seed with rye, will it die in 4 months and I will need to plant Bermuda? Is it wise to put down Bermuda sod in October? When is the best time to start a lawn from a dirt lot?


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Answer from NGA
October 18, 2009

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Bermuda is a warm season turf and will not grow from October through March. I'd seed with perennial rye now to cover the dirt with the expectation that it will begin to die down in March or April. At that time you can overseed with bermuda which will green up quickly and look nice through September. In September overseed with rye again. By this time next year you should have a nice thick lawn 12 months a year. Best wishes with your lawn!

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