Smart Lawn Planning begins with a master plan for what you wish your future lawn to look like.
Laying out your lawn plan on paper can help you take into consideration the different challenges and requirements of your new lawn.
Sometimes it becomes obvious that one species or type of lawn grass species will not work due to the different ranges of uses and conditions that exist in
your area. In that case it may be best to use either a
blend -- multiple types of the same species of grass seed or perhaps a mixture --- different types (species) of grass seed in areas of your lawn. With a
proper plan your future lawn grass can be much more successful than if you just plant grass seed without a plan.
First measure and draw out on paper the dimensions of your lawn. Get a tape measure and a friend to help you measure the shape and dimensions of your
particular lawn. As you write these down... Look around each area of your lawn that you measure and take note of your lawn area:
- Is the area shady or sunny?
- Is the areas well drained or wet?
- Will you need to install drainage in some areas?
- Will you be installing an irrigation system? Now is the best time - Before you plant your lawn.
- What type of soil is in each specific area? Learn how to find out your soil composition at www.lawnfertilizers.com.
- Will soil amendments be required to improve the soil?
- What will be the most likely usage of each particular area?
- Are there areas where ground covers or other plants and shrubs would work better in your plan? Grasses prefer sun. Shrubs are not so picky.
- What about walkways? Paved or stone surfaces don't normally show traffic wear and die like grasses may do under severe wear. Proper planning for walkways can save you lawn headaches
While you are out in your future lawn area - Take a soil sample and take it to your local county agent to be tested.
Once you've made your measurements and observations...
Get it all on paper and then make some decisions on what changes and/or adjustments might best benefit your particular lawn and site. Figure the square footage of your lawn area, so that
you can plant the proper quantity of seeds. Lawns are always planted more heavily in seeds than a farmers pasture. This is because you want high plant density for a lawn and that is only
going to happen with high seeding rates. Also... unfortunately not every seedling survives, if it even makes it past germination... so you must plant additional seeds to overcome this "law
of the lawn jungle" in which some seeds and plants die for various reasons.
Now it is time to move on to the Lawn PREPARATIONS --- so that your site can be properly made ready and
receptive for the LIVE seeds that you are going to soon be planting!
a beautiful tomorrow!®