I live in Phoenix, Arizona and was wondering if anyone has any
experience with *only*
maintaining a winter Rye lawn and not sowing
Bermuda. I have no desire to be outside mowing in the 110 degree
summers and the kids don't go outside much then either. We hated the
bermuda in our old house constantly encroaching on the garden.
Furthermore, I am not deaf to the cries to minimize water use; seems
like only watering in the cooler months and not at all in the summer is
an optimal compromise between total xeriscaping and providing a nice
play area for the kids. Logically it seems like a winter-only lawn
makes a lot more sense then the summer-only lawns most people have.
However, I have seen no documentation anywhere of anyone doing this.
None. So I naturally can't help but wonder what I am over-looking.
Why doesn't everyone do this?
When we first moved into our home we had freshly graded dirt. It was
fall so I planted a winter lawn. Watered it using irrigation. It was
a wonderful, soft, dark green lawn. Come Spring, I let it grow high
before the Rye died. This worked pretty well as a weed block
throughout the summer as I hoped. Some of the Rye actually came back
in the fall (but only in spots). I was just preparing to seed again
when we had a contractor completely tear up the yard (driving trucks
through the freshly irrigated yard). I gave up for that year but now I
am ready to reclaim the back yard. I plan to attempt a Rye/winter-only
from now on unless someone can tell me why it won't work.
Thanks in advance for any experiences anyone has to share.