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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

 

    Arizona and California Summer Sod Tips

    As summer approaches, people have more free time and the weather is conducive for spending lots of that free time outside. If your lawn needs care and you are laying and maintaining new sod, here are some simple tips to follow. 

    Watering

    Making sure you water your sod correctly is crucial to maintaining its health. You will need to water your grass often and will want to keep the soil damp for three to four inches below the surface. It is important to make sure your lawn is moist but not overwatered. Sod that is overwatered is susceptible to disease. You may need to water several times a day - in the morning, midday, and early afternoon - to make sure it doesn’t dry out. You won’t need to water as much in shady spots, as these areas are more prone to fungus.

    Mowing

    Make sure the blades on your mower are sharp. This is something a lot of people don’t think about, but dull blades can tear up grass rather than cutting it. This will not only degrade the appearance of the grass, but will also leave it susceptible to harmful conditions. As a rule, try to mow your grass about once every two weeks. You don’t want to mow the grass too short, as taller grass grows deeper roots which then allows it to survive in hot, dry conditions. 

    Fertilizer

    Look for fertilizers specifically designed for summer use. Certain fertilizers contain large amounts of nitrogen. This encourages fresh growth, which is normally helpful but is not in the hot summer months. The reason for this is that young grass isn’t as durable as older grass which causes it to work harder to stay healthy, putting stress on your lawn.

    Remember that keeping sod healthy in the summer in desert weather can be a bit more challenging than other times of the year. West Coast Turf can help you determine the type of sod that suits your particular needs best.

    Visit us online https://www.westcoastturf.com/ or contact us to find out how we can serve you.

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    Creating the Perfect Backyard with your California & Arizona Sod

    Springtime in this climate makes for the most pleasant time of year. Kids who have been cooped up have the perfect weather to play outside. But is your backyard the perfect kid-friendly playground? We have some easy fixes that will help you create a fun and beautiful outdoor play area for your kids (and for you!)

    First and foremost: lay down some NATURAL turf! Nothing beats natural grass from West Coast Turf for playing on. In high temperatures, natural turf doesn’t trap heat the way artificial turf does, providing your kiddos a great place to keep their bare feet cool. Grass provides a soft landing for cartwheels and skids from playing ball. To keep your turf healthy, create a few dirt paths where bicycles can ride without trampling the grass. 

    Your Arizona or California backyard can host a variety of sports and hobbies. One that’s fun for the whole family, is gardening. Once you have put down natural grass, you can choose which plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables you’d like to include. These additions can be visually pleasing as well as edible, depending on what you plant. 

    Add outdoor furniture to make it even more comfortable to spend lots of time in your outdoor oasis. Other fun features, like a trampoline, give even more options for outdoor activities. Be mindful with any furniture, trampolines, or grills, that these need to be moved around occasionally so that they don’t kill the grass beneath them and leave unsightly brown spots. Shifting furniture around slightly from time to time will help with the maintenance of your yard.

    Include a water feature. In addition to watering your grass, having a water feature adds to a lush feel in your yard and help you cool down in the midday sun. These are just a few ways you can transform your backyard into a wonderful place for you and your kids to spend time. You can use your creativity to make your backyard play area exactly as you (or your kids) want it. 

    West Coast Turf can help with all your natural turf needs. Call us or check us out online to learn more about what we can do for you. https://www.westcoastturf.com/

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    When Should I Start to Spring Transition My Lawn to Bermudagrass?

    I'd like to go over some common questions I have received through the blog in the last few weeks and see if it can help others with some of the same concerns. I always encourage everyone to send over your lawn questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    When should I start to transition my lawn to bermudagrass?

    I always recommend starting the process slowly in March and ramping up in April so your lawn has transitioned by May. I know that was a mouth full, but the truth is it’s not a short process unless you chemically transition your lawn. In March its ideal to start to gradually lower your mowing height and remove some of the turf canopy. This is not a scalp, this is lowering the height so the bermudagrass can breathe and get some sunlight. By mid-March you should be mowing two times per week and starting to see some thinning in the ryegrass. By thinning I mean bermudagrass leaves are starting to show between the ryegrass blades. Currently there is no need to fertilize the ryegrass, its time to back off on nutrition until bermudagrass season. In early April you can lightly verticut or even lightly power rake the lawn to remove some of the ryegrass giving way to bermudagrass. The more sunlight you can get in the grass, the faster you will transition. If the ryegrass remains extremely thick and lush you can expect it to provide excessive spring shade slowing down the bermudagrass. When soil temperatures reach 64 degrees (around April 15th) go ahead and apply ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 at 5 pounds per 1000 SF to jump start your bermudagrass. Continue mowing two times per week and gradually lowering your heights until you see the bermudagrass take over.

    Spring Transition, keep lowering the height.....

    Can I still put down pre-emergent for broadleaves?

    Most of the grassy weeds and broadleaves are now germinating so putting down the preemergent will not yield the results you’re looking for. At this juncture its best to spot spray weeds depending on the type. Make sure the product is labeled for the weed you’re trying to control and can safely be used on bermudagrass. Grassy weeds use different chemicals than broadleaves and not all chemicals are safe and effective so check with specialty stores for better products.

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    Annual Weed Control and Your Lawn

    With the recent rise in temperatures and a little moisture you have likely seen some weeds pop up even if you had put down a pre-emergent in the fall. We have hit the end of the window where the fall application will control the weeds. It is now time to control the weeds that have snuck through your barrier and to put down a control for the summer annuals.

    Let us start with controlling the weeds that have made their way through your turf. There are a couple different types of weeds to treat. Before we can give you chemicals to spray its important to recognize the type of grass you're treating. I will put the recommendations down for a dormant turf lawn and one that has been overseeded with perennial ryegrass for the winter. If you did not overseed in the fall you will follow the dormant turf guidelines. My recommendations will be for bermudagrass so if you have paspalum or St. Augustine make sure you read the herbicide label prior to applying and follow the correct rate. These are usually different than bermudagrass.

    Dormant Turf

    If you let your Arizona and California lawn go dormant for the winter, it is starting to see a little life now with the warmer temperatures. You will not see any growth until the soil temperature reached 64 degrees which is usually in April, but your lawn will green up in color in March.

    First step will be to clean up your lawn by mowing any debris and dead material off the top. This is not scalping the lawn, just get a good clean up. Next step will be to treat any broadleaves or grassy weeds that may have popped through your turf. For broadleaves you can apply 2,4-D and grassy weeds such as poa annua or volunteer ryegrass can typically be hand pulled, dabbed (not sprayed, think bingo dabber) with tiny amount of roundup or a product such as Revolver or Kerb. Because of its very shallow root system you should not have to use any products to kill it. It pulls out of the ground very easily and is usually caused by low areas and too much water.

    Poa annua

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    Pre-Emergent Weed Control/Watering/Fertilizer

    We are spending lots of time outside, and I know you all want to have your California and Arizona lawn looking its best!  I'd like to talk about a few weeds that may be starting to appear in your lawn that are perennial problems. Let's discuss getting down a pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn before all the spring and summer annuals start to show their faces. Weather obviously plays a key role in everything we do concerning turfgrass so it is important to get the timing right.

    This has been a mild winter with little rain causing the ground temperature to stay slightly warmer than normal so we will have some early season weed issues. If you are in a cooler part of town and are still getting hit with the occasional frosts I would hold off until the first part of March. These cool areas can get the pre-emergent down as late as the middle of March, while areas such as Phoenix and Palm Desert should be putting one down between now and the end of the month.

    Since most homeowners have an overseeded lawn for the winter I want to make it clear that there are two options on a herbicide bag. One is overseeded rates and the other is non-overseeded rates. If you would like to keep your ryegrass make sure that you follow the overseeded rate or it could take a turn for the worse rather quickly.

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