Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Choose the Right Grass for Your Lawn

Grass comes in many different varieties, and the best way to get a perfectly manicured yard is to pick a type of grass that is well-suited for your environment. Some of the many varieties include bluegrass, Bermuda, and Emerald Zoysia. Do your research to find out which types will thrive in your yard. 

Cool-Season vs. Warm-Season
One of the most important distinctions between grass types is whether they are cool-season or warm-season varieties. As the names suggest, cool-season grasses are better for northern states, while warm-season grasses flourish in the warm south. If you live in the middle of the country, you may have to use a special blend of grass types--some varieties may die out, but others will flourish and take their place, giving you a nice, full yard. You’ll also need to take your altitude into consideration. Even if you live in a southern state, areas of higher elevation can be cool all year long, and you’ll need a grass that can stand up to the chill.

Sunlight and Soil Type
It’s also important to have your lawn tested to see what type of soil you have. Some grasses will tolerate a variety of soil types, but many have very specific requirements that need to be met to encourage maximum growth. Some grasses do better in acidic soils, while others prefer neutral or sandy soil. You should also inspect your yard to see how much sunlight your grass will receive on a daily basis. Some varieties do better in full sun, while others prefer the shade.

Installing Your New Grass
In most cases, you can choose to either plant grass seeds in your lawn or lay down sod. Sod is typically more expensive, but it gives you immediate results. Seeds can take several weeks to begin growing, during which time your soil may experience erosion from rain or foot traffic. Whichever you choose, make sure to water your new lawn regularly to encourage the grass to take root in your soil. Certain types of grass, like Emerald Zoysia, may require a little extra care to get going, but will grow into a healthy, dense lawn with the proper care.

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