In Las Vegas, temperatures are higher than most other cities in the United States. While most of the year is relatively bearable, here in Sin City, the highs can reach 110 in the summer months. This is not an ideal situation for grass in your landscape. The dry climate will kill many types of grass in the heat of the summer.
Just because the desert wreaks havoc on most grass types doesn’t mean that grass cannot grow and be sustained. There are a handful of grasses that can thrive in Vegas’ hot, dry climate, even in the summer. We have listed the grasses here along with some photos of each one.
Zoysia is a hearty, creeping grass which tolerates heat well and also thrives even in the shade. The matting of grass becomes thick, acting as a deterrent to weeds which find it harder to pierce the thick mat. Zoysia is best planted in late spring or early summer. The main idea is to plant the grass at least 60 days before the first frost of the year. Zoysia grass is commonly used for the fairways and teeing areas of golf courses.
Also known by its scientific name cynodon dactylon, Bermuda is a perennial grass that likes hot weather and cannot tolerate cold weather. This makes it ideal for the desert climate of Las Vegas. Originally brought to the Americas by the Spanish in the 1500’s, it is a common grass type in the hotter regions of the United States. Bermuda grass comes to life in late spring and grows through the hot summer months.
Grasses such as ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass and fescue are often mixed in with Bermuda and Zoysia to supplement thinner areas of a lawn. While the supplemental grasses are cooler season grasses, the mixture with heartier grasses creates an environment that makes the various types grow in harmony. However, since these strains of grass are not meant for desert climates, they will need more water to grow in the hot climate.
Many have given up on trying to keep a lawn healthy in the desert. Instead they choose to have artificial turf installed. The price is comparable to normal grass; however there is virtually zero upkeep and maintenance. When artificial turf installation is performed, areas of soft grass-like material are laid out and attached to the ground. This creates an area perfect for kids to play on or for parents to lounge in the sun.
Which Grass is Best
The type of grass best for your situation depends on your needs. Obviously, real grass has a more natural look and feel, but there is a lot of maintenance involved. Artificial turf does not look as real but there is virtually zero upkeep. So the decision is yours to make. Either way your kids will thank you for giving them a grassy area to play in!