From Anna on April 22nd, 2008 in Landscaping
Lawns are definitely a landscaping favorite, and will bring refreshing color to any yard. Lawns are one area that can either be easy-care or a troublesome burden. Proper preparation, planting, and maintenance are the keys to having an enjoyable relationship with your lawn.
The soil. The soil is the “foundation” of your lawn. If you don’t give it a solid foundation, no amount of fertilizers and additives can correct nutrient deficient soil after the fact. First, remove all weeds. Next, work at least six inches of organic material into the soil which consists of either one or a mixture of the following substances: compost, manure, peat moss, and topsoil. Next, test the PH level and add starter fertilizer if the soil is lacking the appropriate levels of potassium and phosphorus. It is advised to thoroughly mix all of this together with a powerful rotary tiller.
The irrigation system. Working within the bounds of your intended design, your landscaping contractor can plan an irrigation system that will provide ample coverage to your lawn. Water is very important to maintaining a healthy lawn, but you also want a system that doesn’t break your water bill. Straight lines are easier to cover than curvy, elaborate designs. Keep it simple and you’ll have an easier time mowing and trimming as well.
The final grade and inspection. After your soil is prepared and the irrigation system is complete, you will grade and create your slope. It is recommended to achieve a 1-2 ft drop per 100 feet of run to create proper drainage. You want to make sure the ground is free of any rocks or debris, and that it is fully settled to prevent low spots from appearing later on.
The planting. The difference between sod and seed really doesn’t affect the overall health of the lawn long term, it just comes down to how patient you are. If you’re not in a hurry, you can plant the lawn from seed; although, it may take reseeding in some areas to reach an even appearance. Sod is great for an instant lawn, but can be more expensive. Early spring and fall are the recommended times for planting a new lawn.
The maintenance. The care of your lawn is important once installed to reach that thriving point. Ask your landscaper how often it is recommended to water your lawn for your area. Too much water can be equally as bad as too little. Discuss what fertilizers are best for your soil, as well as how often to use them. Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet, and make sure the blade on your lawnmower is not too low. With proper care, your lawn should last for years. As time progresses, the roots tend to become thick and have difficulty breathing. If this occurs, you may need to aerate your lawn occasionally.
Request free-estimates from expert landscaping contractors today to plant your lawn before the heat of summer sets in.