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West Coast Turf was founded in 1990 with the aim of providing the best sod and service in the business. Along with sister company in Arizona, Western Sod, we offer more than 30 different varieties of turfgrass, sod and stolons in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and around the world.

Mr. Wise Grass is our blog where our turfgrass pro Jay posts information on how to select and care for the sod that’s best for your environment and uses.  He answers common questions regarding issues surrounding grass and more technical issues that can be resolved with the right know-how.

If you’ve got a grass issue, Jay’s the answer-man!


Latest Blog Posts

 

    Winter Lawn Care for your California and Arizona Sod

    The weather stays relatively pleasant and sunny in desert landscapes in Southern California and Arizona, even in the winter. But once the suns dips down, temperatures drop down drastically. What can you do to keep your natural lawn looking beautiful in the colder months? Here are some tips.

    Keep mowing!

    Mowing your grass can sometimes fall by the wayside during the winter months. It's recommended that you follow a semi-regular schedule and continue to mow the grass until you see the growth slow. A good rule of thumb is to keep your grass around 2 to 2.5 inches tall throughout the autumn months, since the grass could start to mat above 3 inches. It’s important to keep it the right length, since overgrowth can cause mold or diseases, and cutting it too short hinders the grass’s ability to to store food for growth. 

    Sustain Growth by Watering

    Even though the temperatures are cooler and there is more precipitation this time of year, it’s still important to continue to water your natural grass. Following a consistent watering schedule encourages growth. Do make sure to adjust your automatic sprinklers so they don’t over-irrigate and cause fungal growth.

    Don’t forget to weed in the winter!

    Weeding may seem like more of a warm weather chore, but it’s just as important to keep up with it in the winter. 

    West Coast Turf is the expert on all things grass. Let us know what questions you have about keeping your natural turf looking amazing! Visit our website at www.westcoastturf.com.

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    Mosquitoes and your California and Arizona Outdoors.

    When you think of the deadliest animal in the world, what pops into your mind? Crocodiles, hippos, one of the big cats...great guesses, but all of them are wrong. It’s actually...the mosquito. This fingernail-sized pest can carry Zika virus, Yellow fever, West Nile virus, and worst of all, Malaria. Much of the reported incidents of that is in very hot, humid regions on other continents. But we do get mosquitoes in the hot, dry desert climates of Arizona and California. So how can you enjoy your beautiful natural sod lawn without getting bitten? Here are a few ways.

    1. Citronella candles

    These citrus/floral smelling candles are not only great for decoration, they can help keep mosquitoes away. These are most effective in an environment where the air is still - a covered patio is the perfect location. Always remember to extinguish them!

    1. Get rid of any standing water

    Mosquitoes love standing water. In fact, it’s where they reproduce. Make sure to empty out anything that catches water - wheelbarrows, outdoor water toys, as well as gutters and drain lines. 

    1. Keep your yard under control

    This is an important one! Especially in warmer areas, mosquitoes prefer cooler areas in the shade. Use a lawnmower or a string trimmer to cut back brush, tree limbs, and high grass. Making sure any tall grass is trimmed and not creating shadows will make your grass lawn much less appealing to mosquitoes. This is not only good for keeping unwanted pests away, but is also good for your natural sod lawn in general. 

    West Coast Turf is the leader for California and Arizona products. Please contact us to learn more about what we can do for you and your property. 

    Visit us online at: https://www.westcoastturf.com

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    You've Overseeded Your Warm Season Lawn. Now What?

    By now, most of you who are going to overseed your California or Arizona sod have either begun the process or have had your seed down for a few weeks. Today, I want to discuss what to do now that you have the ryegrass growing and cooler temperatures are on the horizon.

    Getting your ryegrass up and growing is obviously the first step to a successful winter lawn, but what about maintenance? How can you make sure your ryegrass is strong going into the winter and you will have a full stand of ryegrass once the temperatures begin to drop into the 40’s at night? There are several key items associated with a strong winter lawn but early preparation should be high on your list.

    I know you put down a starter fertilizer with your seed but let’s remember that fertilizer will move freely in a saturated soil. The new plant took up most of the nutrients from the starter fertilizer application but the residual affect is limited because you’ve been keeping the seed wet for the past few weeks. So what exactly does this mean? Basically, what I’m trying to say is that once you’ve had your ryegrass lawn in for 2-3 weeks I would advise getting a second fertilizer application on the grass.

    Arizona Lawn Care

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    Questions About Fall Overseeding? Check Out This Video Guide From Mr. Wise Grass!

    Yes.  It is about that time!  If you have warm season grass, you are most likely considering overseeding your lawn. Check out this educational video including Q & A from Jay Danek--Mr. Wise Grass himself.  After this video you will know exactly what you need to have the best winter lawn in the neighborhood!

    WATCH VIDEO HERE

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    KURAPIA SOD BACK IN STOCK!

    Great news!  We now have our Kurapia drought tolerant groundcover sod back in stock in California and Arizona! Please visit our website to learn more about this unique product-----> Kurapia Drought Tolerant Ground Cover Sod - Arizona Sod (westcoastturf.com)

    What they're saying about Kurapia.......

    •  "After extensive research and investigation, Kurapia was chosen for the following reasons: aesthetics, growth habit, drought tolerance, erosion control,  weed suppression, disease resistance, maintenance aspects, and foremost and most importantly--water conservation--with the reduction of water usage. Kurapia met all of these expectations and more.  I believe Kurapia will revolutionize the landscape industry  

    Mark Runk

    G&R Engineering

    El Cajon, CA

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