Caring for Your Winter Rye Lawn


Caring for Winter Rye Lawns

Bermuda grass is the main type of grass used in Tucson and other hot areas. It can take our heat well and newer mixes may require less mowing and water. The one problem with Bermuda grass is that it goes dormant during the winter.

So, sildenafil and what do most people do in Arizona to keep a green lawn when it’s cold out? They overseed their Bermuda grass lawn with Winter Rye grass seed. Winter rye lawns are planted in October and give you a green lawn through about March. Since it’s an annual grass, discount cialis for sale ti dies out and needs to be replanted each fall.

If you have a Winter rye lawn you will want to fertilize it monthly. Use a fertilizer that has iron in it. And, sales remember to never remove more than 30% of your grass blade when mowing your Winter rye lawn.

Here is a good resource from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association to learn more about caring for your winter lawn. Tucson is one of the few places in the country where you can continue to enjoy the outdoors during the winter. Having a green lawn is one way to do that.



Tucson Botanical Gardens Luminaria Nights
Yesterday was a beautiful night to spend walking the paths of the Tucson Botanical Gardens through the luminaria lights. I had the opportunity to go with my grandkids. Here is a photo of me and my 7-year old granddaughter enjoying our hot chocolate.It really gets you in the holiday spirit. There were different musical groups performing throughout the gardens. So, you might hear Christmas carol singing in one area and a quartet in another area.Another big plus for the grandkids was that Santa Claus was there. Here are my grandkids in a photo with Santa himself. 
If you have the opportunity to visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens during one of their evening events I would highly recommend it. They do a wonderful job of making it a special evening.
Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe Around Your Christmas Tree

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

These Red Velvet Thumbprints are a cookie and cheesecake in one! Perfect for Christmas cookie plates and dangerously delicious.

yield: 2-3 DOZEN



1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk*

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp red food coloring

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar or sanding sugar*


4 ounces cream, softened

1 egg yolk*

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 300ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.

Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll them in the sugar* before placing on the prepared baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Use the back of a round teaspoon to make a small indentation in the cookie dough.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: using an electric mixer or small food processor, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.

After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into each indentation. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.

Let cool completely before serving. Store covered and chilled.

Red Velvet Lovers, by Deborah Haroun

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    1. I don’t have a lawn, but if I did I would use these tips to maintain it!

      • Most people who have lawns in Tucson have small patches of it. It’s nice to see green though.

    2. Our lawn is filled with thick rooted weeds and it’s not pleasant to walk barefoot on it. Florida is pretty much just sand and the grass was planted where we live. Definitely want to try to bring the grass “back” for my dad in law. You are also reminding me that I still have to bake cookies.

      • Important to get your base soil for the lawn healthy to get a good lawn.

    3. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies-I would like to try them, they look great

      • I’ve been baking but still need to try these. I love anything Red Velvet!

    4. Adorable photos! Great lawn saving tips & I need to bake those cookies!

      • Thanks Daniele! I’m definitely going to make those cookies.

    5. Our neighbor has a lot of pets, He needs to see this.

    6. I don’t have Rye, but I think some of these tips can be applied to my lawn

      • Yes, proper fertilization, mowing and watering is important to all types of lawn.


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