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Creating a Perfect Backyard Lawn: Out with the Old, in with the New

by Karin Mangan, All About Lawns Columnist

Recognize Defeat and Move on with a New Backyard Lawn

After countless failed attempts to bring your backyard lawn to life and years spent trying to transform your brown, straggly square of earth into a lush, verdant patch of paradise, perhaps it is time to start again. Creating a new lawn may be the only option when your backyard lawn has gone beyond repair.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Selecting Grass Types for a New Backyard Lawn

You should begin your plans by determining what you are going to use your lawn for. If you simply want it to look good, fine lawn grasses can make for an attractive ornamental lawn. However, if the kids may be running around on it, you should include tougher grasses such as ryegrass. Wet or shaded areas may likewise require grass types adapted to those conditions. Check the labels or seek advice from your turf or seed supplier.

Seed or Turf?

Seed is typically less expensive than turf and it is usually easier to tailor the mix of grass types to suit your lawn, which is typically important if it is partly in shade for example. However, you should ensure that you distribute the seed evenly, keep the kids off it, water it sufficiently, and regularly run outside waving your arms about like a demonic scarecrow as hungry birds help themselves to the buffet.

Turf can be a quicker way to get a finished backyard lawn and can be laid at any time of year, although you may need to water it very well in summer. It is traditionally important that the strips of turf are laid well and butted together otherwise shrinkage may leave you with lawn stripes instead of the unified whole you were hoping for.

The Final Stage in the Creation of the Perfect Backyard Lawn

Teach your eldest child how to use the lawnmower. Sit back and enjoy.


About the Author
Karin has worked as a writer and researcher for the past 10 years, writing on a variety of subjects. She has a research-based PhD in English studies and is engaged in an ongoing battle to tame her backyard.

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