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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2012

what is winter grass, i live in Las Vegas. in March was green beautiful, now i have weeds and hay

I do have a gardener I've been paying for 5mths for wkly visits. I purchased my home in Feb. moved in March he and I were both very impressed with the richness of the lawn. My grass is now non nonexistent. My yard has nothing but weeds (he has cut for 4mths), and what I call hay because the yard is now brown (my sprinkler system works well) The gardener informed me i have winter grass and nothing could have been done. but the rich green grass will return in the winter. because i have winter grass and nothing could have been done.

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You probably had a nice crop of rye grass. In areas where the winters are moderate, you can sow the seed as soon as the first breath of cool air appears. It's very pretty but the heat kills it, and nothing will revive it. If you must have real grass, you'll probably have to use sod. . . and plan on having a huge water bill, plus the hassle of constant maintenance. You probably will be happier in the long run if you create a xeriscape, a "desert garden," using native plants. Not all of them look like cactus! Visit a few local nurseries (NOT Lowe's or Home Depot) to get ideas. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the wide selection of beautiful plants for your yard.

P.S. Your gardener no doubt knew that it was rye grass. Many people don't even bother to cut it. Maybe there was a language barrier/communication problem? Anyway, don't be too hard on him. You had [the illusion of] a nice velvety green lawn for a few months. That's what you wanted, right? Chalk it up to experience.

Answered 8 years ago by Oleron

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