How to Plant Grass Seed in the Fall in Goodyear, Arizona

Overview

Planting grass seed in Goodyear, Arizona can be a daunting task because of the climate. It's hot and arid, with rocky and sandy soil. These conditions are not ideal for new growth. However, if you choose a variety of grass that does well in Arizona's climate and soil conditions, you have a better chance of developing a vibrant lawn. Seeding is a better idea than sodding because sod dies quickly if not kept moist at all times. Prepare the planting site and keep up on care to be successful.

Step 1

Measure how many square feet you need to plant with rye grass seed. This is the best type of seed for Goodyear, Arizona because it grows very well in cooler winters, fights off disease and re-sprouts year after year. When the temperature gets very hot, rye grass will go dormant and you can overseed your lawn with Bermuda grass.

Step 2

Run a rototiller over the earth to loosen the top 4 inches. Remove debris that will interfere with the germination of the grass seed. This includes stones and weeds. It is essential to till Arizona soil because the dirt is to rocky and sandy, it needs air pockets beneath the surface for root growth and spread.

Step 3

Plan to lay down the grass seed in the middle of October. This is when the Arizona sun is warm enough to encourage sprouting, but not hot enough to fry the grass seeds.

Step 4

Fill a hand spreader or broadcast spreader with the appropriate amount of seed for your planting area. The seed bag will tell you how much to use. Start at one end of the lawn and disperse the seed horizontally. Repeat in vertical rows to ensure there is an even amount of seed over the entire area.

Step 5

Manually add seed to tight spaces, such as edges and corners, because the spreaders may miss them. Run the back of a metal rake over the seed to cover it with 1/8 to 1/4 inch of soil.

Step 6

Water the grass seed with a sprinkler set to an oscillating setting. This will give even coverage. Keep the water running for about 15 minutes to guarantee the top few inches of ground are wet.

Step 7

Put 2 inches of straw down to hold the seeds in place and keep the moisture in. This is important in Goodyear because the straw will keep the seeds from burning on warmer days. It will also deter strong winds or birds from moving the seed. Remove the straw with a rake once the rye grass is 2 inches tall.

Step 8

Keep watering the seed until rye grass sprouts. Water once in the morning and once in the late afternoon or early evening. Continue this schedule for three weeks, and then cut back to one morning watering every other day. Keep the lawn hydrated until the temperatures in Goodyear drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or you run the risk of dehydrating the grass. Water twice a week during the winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not walk on the lawn until it has time to grow and become established.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Tiller
  • Rye grass seed
  • Hand or broadcast spreader
  • Rake
  • Straw
  • Sprinkler

References

  • Phoenix Tropicals: Growing Bermuda and Rye Grass in Phoenix Arizona
  • All About Lawns: Pland a Winter Lawn Over Your Summer One
  • Seedland: Helping You Choose The Right Grass
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About this Author

Kelly Shetsky has been a broadcast journalist for more than 10 years, researching, writing, producing and reporting daily on many topics. In addition, she writes for several websites, specializing in medical, health and fitness, arts and entertainment, travel and business. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.