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Choosing the Grass:
The first step before you start a new lawn it to select the best type of grass for your particular requirements. It is essential that you choose the grass variety to suit your needs and one that likes the local climate and the type of soil found in your garden, this is crucial to the overall success of your new lawn. All grasses have preference as to the type of conditions they do best in, the amount of water and nutrients they need, their resistance to pests, their tolerance for shade, and the degree of wear they can withstand, so its clear that you should choose wisely. New grass varieties and mixtures come out on the market every year, ask the expert at your local garden centre about what’s right for your area and specifications. A general-purpose grass is the choice for many people but there are harder wearing varieties suitable for playing areas, able to withstand a greater punishment from heavy usage or poor soil, and finer grasses that produce the lawns, which are to be admired rather than walked upon.
The next decision will be whether to lay turf or sow seed.
Turf has the advantage over seed in that you can have a lawn almost instantaneous. From soil preparation to final layout, it’s possible to install a modest-sized sod lawn in one day. If you buy turf from a reputable local grower, you are guaranteed to get a grass that grows well in your area. The grower may offer several choices, from low to high maintenance.
You can lay turf at almost any time of year, even when the ground is slightly frozen or during the heat of summer (although you’ll need to water more in summer). In comparison, generally spring and autumn only offer sufficiently favourable conditions for sowing most seed lawns.
Turf is especially useful where patches of lawn have become bare, weedy, or damaged. Winter use of street salt in northern regions is one major cause of damage. Make a repair by removing the threadbare turf and prepare the soil for planting by adding a little fertilizer. You can buy a roll or two of sod at a garden centre and place it over the area. If erosion is a problem on a slope, no matter how gentle or steep the incline, turf is the better option. Its healthy, heavy root mat will withstand water runoff even before the lawn is fully established.Other Details
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