PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Cooler temperatures mean ryegrass and green lawns. But, the latest supply chain disturbance means this year, that seed might cost you a little more. It's at your home, your local park, the golf course and some can even notice it in the air. It's grass. And now, it's more expensive.

"Since the pandemic began, people stay home more whether they were unemployed or just working from home. What we found really is that the more people spend time at their homes, the more they spend on landscape trees, lawns, etc.," said Corey Scherting of Fertizona.

Grass seed shortage

The City of Phoenix also told Arizona's Family that they had to pay a pretty penny for their grass seed on city golf courses this year.

Scherting works in sales at Fertizona, the state's largest agricultural fertilizer and crop protection retailer. He says that in addition to the demand, the drought in the northwest is forcing their supplier in Oregon only to be able to give them 75% of normal.

"A year ago in the golf market you'd be looking, they were paying approximately $50 per bag. That's a 50lb bag of seed. This year, they're anywhere from $100 to $120 a bag," Scherting told Arizona's Family.

The City of Phoenix also told Arizona's Family that they had to pay a pretty penny for their grass seed on city golf courses this year.

In a statement, the City of Phoenix said:

  • The impact of the perennial rye seed availability has had minimal impact on the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to date. Only a select number of tournament sports fields and ornamental grass areas are overseeded annually. We are aware of a rise in price for perennial ryegrass seed and in September requested and received an increase of $66,000 to our overseeding budget from the City Council to account for the increases for 2021. Aside from this expenditure adjustment, there have been no additional impacts.
  • The overseeding of Phoenix Golf courses is performed as part of a larger third-party turf maintenance contract and to this point has not been impacted by perennial rye seed availability.
  • -City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

But if this causes landscaping costs to be cut near you, Dr. Sanjay Patel, a Valley allergist, says that there's a chance you might not be sneezing as much. "I know that Bermuda grass tends to be a popular grass at golf courses. So, for those people who tend to have allergy solely to Bermuda grass, with the lack of Bermuda grass, they may notice less symptomatology," said Dr. Sanjay Patel of Desert Center for Allergy and Chest Diseases.

It's safe to say that the grass might be greener when the price is lower. For more information on Ferizona, Arizona's largest agricultural fertilizer and crop protection retailer, click here. To learn more about allergies in Arizona or to contact the Desert Center for Allergy, click here. For more information on the City of Phoenix Golf Courses, click here.


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