The ideas of green lawns and desert climates may not seem like they go together, but growing grass in the desert isn’t has hard as you might think. The key is choosing the right kind of grass to withstand the heat and the dry conditions. If you want a lush, green lawn in the desert, hire a landscaping company to help you with planting and maintenance. Here are some of the most popular grasses used in desert climates.
Bermuda grass is one of the most common types of grass used in Arizona. It is extremely drought tolerant and tough. It consists of small, thin blades that are dark green in color. Although there are hybrid varieties of Bermuda grass, the common variety is the best option for the desert. It doesn’t need—or like—shade, and it easily stands up to heavy use. Keep in mind that it grows quickly during its peak season and will need cutting every five or six days during this time. Blades shouldn’t be cut shorter than one-half inch.
Zoysia grass is very tolerant of heat but also has more shade tolerance than Bermuda grass. It does not need much watering to stay healthy, which makes it well suited to the desert. In terms of appearance, the grass is dark green, and its texture is somewhat coarse. During the peak growing season, it will need to be mowed about every seven days. It doesn’t stand up well to heavy use, so avoid using it in areas that get a lot of foot traffic.
Bahia grass is a very forgiving variety. It grows extremely thick—almost carpet-like—so it is perfect for high-traffic areas. It grows well even if the soil is subpar. It is lightly shade tolerant but prefers sunny weather. It will need to be mowed every five to seven days during the peak growing season.
Let Complete Landscaping help you determine what kind of grass is best for your outdoor space. We can assist with the entire process, from planning to planting to maintenance. Learn more about our landscaping services in Tucson by calling (520) 323-8918.