Bermudagrass produces vigorous, dense, fine-bladed turf commonly used in sports fields, large commercial properties, and high-quality lawns. In order to keep your Arizona sod in the best shape possible, it’s important to create a yearly maintenance calendar to manage your turf. As we are now approaching fall, here are our guidelines for managing your bermudagrass from September through December. 

Starting with mowing, you will continue to mow the bermudagrass turf at the normal height until the weather starts to cool in the fall. In desert areas, such as Arizona and southern California, this tends to be in mid to late October most years. When nighttime temperatures drop below 70º consistently, you can slightly raise the mower to allow more leaf surface. 

Since desert climates are known for very little rainfall, continue to water your grass to prevent drought stress. Even after the lawn has become dormant, you must still water as needed to keep excessive dehydration at bay. It’s important to never let turf grass be stressed by lack of water, or it can affect the spring green-up.

At this time, you will overseed for temporary green winter color with cool-season perennial ryegrass. When you notice your bermudagrass begin to lose color, that is how you will know it’s time. Keep the newly overseeded areas consistently moist while seed establishes. See more tips on care and maintenance here.

If you have any questions about your turf, please contact West Coast Turf, the industry leader for Arizona and California sod.