I am often questioned about what the grass on your Arizona lawn should look like during the transition period.  Below are some pictures of our turf test plots with non-overseeded plots on the left and overseeded plots on the right.

As you can see from the pictures the overseeded material has been mowed down to ¾” and the warm season grasses are starting to push their way to the surface.  We have cut the water back about 40 % on the ryegrass to help aid in any volunteer ryegrass from sticking around.  This is the typical look for ryegrass during this time of the year.  Don’t be alarmed that your ryegrass is starting to go a little off color as the temperatures warm up.  This is a necessary part in the transition process.

These plots were just fertilized yesterday with 21-0-0 at 5 pounds per 1000 SF to give them an extra boost now that temperatures are on the rise.  Keep following the past tips and I will keep posting photos of how our transition is going.

Non Overseeded Test Plots

 The non-overseeded turf on the left side of the screen will give you an idea of what type of color your grass will be during the summer months.  The picture has all of our varieties next to each other so that you can view the characteristics and growing habits of each variety.  I have also provided close up pictures of all the specific plots and a single leaf blade so you can see how they grow.  The turf plots are in the following order from the top of the screen to the bottom.

S. Creek Sod

LQ Gold

BOBSod (darkest green in color)

Tifway 419

EZ-Turf (Midiron)

Tifway II


Tifgreen 328

Sea Spray seashore paspalum (very dark green color)


Be sure to e-mail me if you have any questions.  I’ll be glad to help you have the best lawn on the block!

Jay Danek