Looking For A Lush Lawn 

Follow this simple, sensible guide for a lush lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood.

Say goodbye to your yards bare spots, unsightly brown patches, dandelions, and creeping Charlie. With the right grass, proper preparation, and timely mowing and watering, you can welcome a beautiful green lawn.

Choose Your Grass
Whether you’re starting a new lawn or reviving an existing one, approach grass the way you would any other plant. A lawn is made up of as many as 850 grass plants per square foot. Grasses might look more or less the same, but different types have different levels of insect and disease resistance; tolerance for drought, shade, and foot traffic; and temperature hardiness.

Lawns usually contain combinations of grass types. Picking the right mixture for the conditions in your yard is essential. Just as a plant that thrives in dry soil will probably die in a boggy spot, an out-of-place grass will grow poorly or not at all. For example, cool-season grasses prefer a temperature range of 15-25 degrees and generally require less water, but summer heat can stress them. Warm-season grasses thrive in higher temperatures (27-35 degrees), but they lose their color when the mercury drops. However, warm-season grasses typically have deep roots and can tolerate close mowing and heavy foot traffic.

After you’ve picked an appropriate grass, consider how to plant it. As with other annuals and perennials, you can start grass from seed or put live plants in the ground. With grass, that means sod. Sod is the quickest, easiest way to start a new lawn but usually the most expensive. Sod yields a usable lawn in a few weeks. You might want to lay a section of sod yourself, but large jobs probably demand professional installation. Grass seed is generally much cheaper than sod and can be sown by a do-it-yourselfer. How ever, it requires extensive preparation, the right timing, and careful follow-up care.

Youll need patience, too, because seeded lawns can take months to establish. Plus, some grasses just don’t start well from seed, leaving sod or plugs  small chunks of sod plugged into the ground  as your only options.

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