It can be a daunting task for an average homeowner to create a lawn from scratch. But it’s certainly not impossible – taking time out and doing it right can not only enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor living space, but can make lawn maintenance task a much easier one. The soil is the first element that needs to be considered. If your home is newly constructed and you’re looking to create a lawn for it, you must pay ample attention to the type of soil that is left behind post construction. There are situations wherein the topsoil is almost completely removed. In this case, you will be required to bring in good layers of topsoil for the whole yard.
Soil is the soul of the garden
The soil must be tested before you decide to lay a lawn. The soil’s PH level is very important in growing a lawn. If it is too acidic, you will have to add lime. If it turns out to be too alkaline, sulphur must be spread on it. You may choose to hire a nursery to test the soil, as they know exactly what element needs to be added, the quantity of the product that you need to add, and how often must more of it be added to ensure proper growth of the lawn. After preparing the soil, you must decide on the type of grass seed that you will be using for the new yard. Local nurseries may be approached to give you an idea of the kind of grass that flourishes locally.
Methods of seeding
You must always remember the amount of shade or sun that is best suited to grow a particular seed in your locality. You must also give consideration to the best time of the year when your chosen seed can be planted to gain maximum results. The seeds may either be spread by hand, or by broadcast spreaders or drop spreaders. Broadcast spreaders work best for medium or small sized lawns, while drop spreaders are favourable for big lawns. The yard must be watered at least twice a day to facilitate the germination of seeds quickly.
Sod or grass plugs can also be used as alternatives to seed a lawn while starting a new yard. Although there are many advantages to adopting these methods, they are generally costlier than grass seeding.
If rain doesn’t supply the water your lawn requires, you’ll need to consider alternate solutions. Turf grasses, for instance, require one inch of H20 a week in two watering sessions to prevent a run-off in summers and causing the ground to become hard. Irrigation gauges can be used to measure sprinkler’s outputs or you can measure the water (in containers) using a ruler. Avoid using water needlessly though, use it sensibly and conserve when you can.