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Tips for healthy lawn turf
Landscaping companies can be a valuable source of information for maintaining healthy
lawn turf. The beauty of a perfect lawn begins with healthy green grass spread across the
stretch of land. It not only represents a healthy lawn but also gives a spectacular look to
But choosing the right grass for your lawn can be tricky at times. In fact choosing the right
grass creates all the difference between a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn
versus a dull and patchy, diseases prone lawn. You can consult landscaping companies for
the right guidance when setting up your lawn.
But how do you choose the right type of lawn turf on your own?
First of all, don’t buy seeds on impulse. The type of grass you select should depend on
several factors such as color, leaf width, characteristic appearance, density, compatibility
with the climate and soil, water needs, etc.
Here are a few steps to follow before choosing the lawn grass:
Turf grasses usually thrive in well-aerated soil with pH between 6 to 7.5. It’s
recommended to purchase a soil test kit from a lawn care company and test the soil. To
take a soil test, gather soil samples from several places around your lawn. Mix it well and
place it into the soil testing bag. Expect to wait for about two weeks to get the right
Select the grass
There are mainly two types of grasses, warm season grass and cool season grass.
Warm-season grasses are the ones that resonate with and grow better in warmer
regions of the country. These include St. Augustine, Buffalo, Bermuda, Centipede
and Zoysia. These grasses achieve their peak growth when summer is in full swing.
They require full sun to thrive, although they may tolerate some shade.
Cool-season grasses are the ones that resonate with and grow better in cool
northern regions of the country. These include tall and red fescues, perennial
ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass. These grass turfs grow the most during the cool
seasons of spring and fall. Cool-season grasses are more shade-tolerant, especially
Hence one key factor while choosing the right grass seed simply depends on your
Levels of Shade
The next thing to consider is the number of trees in your lawn. Since different types
of grasses tolerate different levels of shade, dense trees can be a problem. Most
grasses enjoy sunlight and need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight to thrive.
Even shade-tolerant grasses need around four hours of sunlight. If your lawn has
more trees, opt for cool-season grasses, the shade-tolerant ones like rye and fine and
tall fescues. There are also a few warm-season grasses that can grow in shade, like
Zoysia and St. Augustine. It’s best to blend quality seeds of several types of shadetolerant grasses and spread them around so if one dies, another can take its place.
Wear and tear of turf
It’s important to consider wear and tear of your lawn in advance. If you have a
family with young children and pets who enjoy a summer pool and running around
in the lawn, opt for a more resistant grass. Kentucky bluegrass is one such turf. It’s
one of the finest choices for athletic fields, and is also self-mending. When bare
spots occur, the turf can creep in to fill in holes automatically. However, it’s more
demanding in terms of mowing, fertilizing and watering
Fertilizing Your Lawn
Do research or consult landscaping companies to be sure of the fertilizing
needs of the turf type you choose to grow in your lawn. If you’re more an
organic kind of a person and love to fertilize your plants with organic fertilizers
such as compost and other earth-friendly brews, make sure the grass you
select responds well to that. Some turfs require more frequent fertilization.
Also make sure you’re not planting a high-maintenance lawn when you have
time only to grow a low-maintenance one. While buying grass seed read the
label carefully. It should show weed seed content less than 1% and inert
material content less than 4% with germination rate no less than 70%.
How to Water
Consider watering needs when you choose your grass seed. If you live in a region
more prone to droughts and water scarcity, select a grass like Buffalo turf, tall fescue
or Zoysia. Floratam is the St. Augustine’s variety that’s the most drought-tolerant, but
it requires some shade. You may also need to install an irrigation system before
planting the seeds.
Finally, consider lawn mowing needs when selecting a grass type. Grasses like fescues
have ideal growing heights and don’t need mowing as often as Kentucky bluegrass
lawn. Among warm-season turf, Centipede and Bermuda grass needs more frequent
mowing than Zoysia. Native grasses like Buffalo grass require the lowest amount of
mowing. Turf that goes dormant in summer heat or winter chill also demands less
mowing during periods of dormancy.
Growing a lawn from seed offers an affordable option, especially for smaller lawns.
Keeping these points in mind can help you have the best grass and easiest maintenance
for your lawn. You can always find newer seed types at a nursery or landscaping
companies that specialize in lawn installation. In fact they can also help you with the
details you need to keep your turf healthy.
Always buy top-quality seed. It’s worth the investment!
Tender Care Lawn is a dedicated lawn care company started by Donald Lapoint and family
in 2004 in southwest Louisiana. Our goal is to provide affordable, dependable, quality
landscape maintenance services. We believe in complete customer satisfaction. Our
services include grass cutting, fertilization, weed control, shrub and hedge trimming in
the Sulphur, Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Westlake, Carlyss and surrounding areas.