How to Plant Grass in Arizona

Overview

With Arizona's arid, hot climate, it can be difficult for avid gardeners to establish a successful lawn. If you choose to seed your lawn, the key is to prepare the soil well and protect the grass seed. It's also important to choose a grass seed variety that is ideal for your Arizona region.

Step 1

Measure the area's square footage to determine how much grass will be needed; seed packaging also will provide help in determining the proper amount.

Step 2

Till the planting area with a sturdy rake about 3 inches into the soil. Remove dirt clods, broken roots, rocks and weeds.

Step 3

Seed the lawn in early spring. Distribute the grass seed evenly over the planting area. Start on one side of the lawn and generously layer the seed horizontally. Repeat this step in a vertical pattern. Rake a light layer of soil over the new seed.

Step 4

Water the area immediately after planting with an irrigation or sprinkler system for about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Cover the seed with protection, such as a 2-inch layer of peat moss or straw to help retain moisture and protect from foraging birds or animals.

Step 6

Water the lawn two to three times a day until the seeds germinate, which should be about one month.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Rake
  • Peat moss or straw

References

  • Phoenix Tropicals: Growing Grass in Arizona
  • Home Depot: Grass Seed Calculator
  • Bermuda Grass
Keywords: planting grass, Arizona landscape, Arizona gardening

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