A poorly designed lawn is nothing short of criminal. Whether you’re starting from scratch or making improvements, here’s some advice for those turf decisions…
Hatch a Plot
Before you begin, grab a notepad and do some sketching. What do you want from your lawn? Kids need room to blow off steam. Seniors often require something smaller that can accommodate a bench and a birdbath. Identify your requirements and plan accordingly!
There are numerous varieties of grass, all which come with different price tags. Sod requires less maintenance but forces you to commit to a single grass variety, making lawns more susceptible to pests and disease. Hydroseed machines provide a seed-fertilizer-mulch blend and labs are even developing no-mow strains of turfgrass. Of course, you can still buy a simple bag of seeds, too. It all comes down to your budget and objectives.
Don’t mow yourself into a corner! Create a design that incorporates room to turn your mower on each pass (broad curves are much easier to tackle than tight corners). Hiring a crew? Be sure you’ve provided ample access for their gear.
Grass grows best when exposed to a minimum six-hour daily dose of direct sunlight. Some grass varieties are shade-tolerant but there isn’t a lawn on earth that stands a chance without direct sunlight. Avoid trees, too! Shade aside, their root systems sap grass of the nutrients and water it needs to survive.
As a rule of (green) thumb, grass looks best when bordered by beautiful flowers. Experiment with the depth and shape of your beds. Sweeping curves add drama to otherwise drab lawns.
Metal, brick and concrete edging make for easy mowing, whereas stone and other irregularly shaped edging materials necessitate string-trimming. Weigh up aesthetic versus maintenance practicalities when designing your green space.
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