Maintenance crew is cutting down and removing bermuda clippings to prepare the surface for overseeding.
Maintenance crew is cutting down and removing bermuda clippings to prepare the surface for overseeding.

It’s Overseeding Time!
by L. Bremner of

It is that time of year in the desert regions when the water gets turned off and the bermuda grass dies off.  It is all done in preparation for the overseeding process.  Golf courses, country clubs, polo fields, residential lawns and any park that has grass and that is a desert region will go through this process.  It is the cost of having green grass year round in a climate were extreme temperatures are too harsh for Bermuda grass in the winter and Rye grass in the summer.

If you live in or are visiting a desert area between the dates of Sept. 15th and Oct. 31st, you will see signs of overseeding all around you.  Lawns will be brown, golf courses will be closed and you will see landscapers working inside and outside all of the gated communities collecting grass clippings.

It is also a time when individuals with allergies and breathing-related problems can be affected by the air quality.  The local agencies are recommending that residential overseeding is done by not scalping the grass to reduce particles in the air and to help improve air quality.  It is also a cleaner method and more cost effective.

Linked below is a guide to overseeding at a residence.  I’ve also linked to an article about overseeding that goes into more details and it is more focused on golf courses in the Coachella Valley area.

What is overseeding?
By Tony Schieffer of

Guide for residential overseeding


Source: Coachella Valley Assoc. of Governments

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


  1. Dear Editor: We enjoy your site.{ Thank you…} At the local lowes , home depots, they carry a Perrenial rye, is it at all possible {here in coachella valley} to actually keep this alive throughout summer ? We almost did it last year, then august came {the sprinklers shutoff for 4 days} & it fried. Also are all bermuda grasses the same ?

    Thank you

  2. I can refer you to another article that you may find helpful. I would also recommend that you consult with a local landscaper to see what they recommend. I’m sure the local landscapers/gardeners will have the most useful info. Here is the link . Most country clubs and landscapers turn off the water in Aug. and/or Sept to prepare and cut down the grass for over seeding of rye.


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