If you have decided to install new grass on your entire lawn, then you may feel like you are in for a time-consuming, stressful project. However, installing your own new grass doesn't have to be difficult or stressful when you prepare for the project well.
Read on to learn how to to choose the right grass and soil for your yard to ensure your grass thrives.
1. Make the Decision Between Grass Seed or Sod Wisely
You may know that when planting new grass, you will have to make the decision between sod and grass seed. However, you may not know the advantages and disadvantages of each.
When planting grass seed, you can often choose from a wider variety of grass types, so if you have had your eye on a specific type of grass, you may have a better chance of finding seeds in your area than sod. Grass seeds can also be much more affordable than grass sod, so if you are on a budget, then keep this in mind.
However, of course, after you plant grass seed, you will have to wait several weeks or months before the seeds turn into fully established grass and provide you with the plush, thick lawn you desire. In addition, some seeds may not germinate and you may have to lay additional seeds in some areas of your lawn if this occurs.
If you choose sod, then you get the "instant gratification" effect of having a new lawn instantly. However sod takes about two weeks to fully root into your existing soil and has heavy watering requirements during this time period.
2. Take Local Climate & Family Habits Into Consideration When Choosing Grass Type
The next decision you will make when planting new grass is the type of grass that best for your yard. Don't be tempted to choose your new grass on appearance alone. This can lead to you planting grass that does not thrive in your climate.
The three most important factors to take into consideration when choosing your new grass are how much sun your yard tends to get, the local high and low temperatures, and the amount of foot traffic your lawn will receive.
3. Ensure your Topsoil Will Support the Type of Grass you Choose
Realize that even the heartiest grass seed or sod that is perfect for your climate will not thrive when it is not planted in or lain over soil that is not appropriate for your grass seed or sod type.
Soil Requirements for Sod
When laying sod, you should ensure that your soil contains about two pounds of phosphorus and potassium; three to six cubic yards of compost, peat moss, or other organic matter; and 50 to 100 pounds of lime for every 1,000 square feet of new lawn. However, these requirements may vary depending on the type of sod you choose and its unique soil requirements.
While you can have your soil tested to determine its specific make up and tailor it to meet these requirements, it is much easier to simply lay topsoil down that already meets these requirements before you install your new grass sod.
Soil Requirements for Grass Seeds
When planting seeds, ensuring you have the right soil in place before planting is especially important. Having the right soil will increase the chance that all seeds germinate, leading to reduced need for replanting.
First, ensure your soil has the proper pH. Most grass seeds grow best in soil that has a pH of between 6 and 7.5. While you can test your existing soil pH and then add sulfur or lime to adjust the pH, you can skip the testing and pH adjusting by simply laying down quality topsoil that is already at the right pH for your new grass.
In addition, top-dressing your new grass can improve its quality after your seeds have sprouted and your new lawn has grown in. If your lawn grows in beautifully, then there is no need to top-dress. However, if you notice that the grass that grows in is not as healthy as you would like it to be, adding a one-inch layer of quality topsoil over your grass can improve its health.
If you have decided to revamp your yard by installing new grass, then realize that the endeavor doesn't have to be stressful and can be a great success as long as you follow these three tips for choosing the right grass and topsoil for your yard. For more information, contact companies like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.