It’s winter grass re-seeding time!
Daytime temperatures are still warm, but those night and early morning temperatures are nice and cool. That means it's time to change the grass. For those of you just moving into the Valley, it's probably news to you that there are two lawns: summer and winter. If you want a green lawn in the winter, you'll need to plant it soon; and your window to do it only lasts from now until mid November. For a lush green lawn, there are some tasks to be completed and timing is important. See the steps below for an easy how-to list for creating a beautiful winter lawn.
Mow grass normally, then drop the mower and scalp the Bermuda grass as close to the ground as you possibly can. This mean you may have to cut The grass a couple times lowering the blade each time. Then rake away the excess grass. The seed-to-lawn ratio is about 20 pounds of seed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. After you've spread the grass seed, spread a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch layer of compost over the seed. Don't apply the compost too heavily or you'll suffocate the seed. Spreading compost is not required however Suggested. Remember: A dry seed is a dead seed. So, it’s important to keep the lawn moist for the first 7 days. Water your new lawn 3 to 4 times each day, in 3- to 5-minute increments. Keep the soil moist, but not wet (i.e. no standing water). By the 7th day you should begin to see your new grass emerging. Allow the grass to grow 2 inches, then stop watering your lawn for 24 hours. Mow your lawn, then set up a new watering schedule. Note: Always water in the morning and fertilize regularly with organics.