Maintaining a Beautiful New Lawn

Laying sod for new lawn

When you look out your window and see a yard that is thin, patchy and frankly ugly, it’s time to do something. See what Maintaining a Beautiful New Lawn for your home consists of.

Homes are frequently remodeled, and so are yards. Here’s your guide to remodeling the turf around your home, so the outside looks just as good as the inside. These techniques work on new construction projects too, where no yard is in place.

Your Options for Producing Healthy Turf

Developing and Maintaining a Beautiful New Lawn through the use of sod, plugs or seed are your three best options. Let’s take a look at each one, including the costs of lawn replacement and improvement.

Time of Year is a Factor in Choosing Sod, Plugs or Seed for your Lawn

Fixing the lawn is an excellent springtime home improvement project.  All three options are viable at this time of year. Sod can be installed in the fall too, and plugs will work in the fall in milder climates.

Seed can be used in warm climates in the fall, but in cold climates, there usually isn’t enough time for a lawn to take root and get to a sustainable level before the frost comes.

In most climates, you should not try to grow turf from seed, plugs or sod in mid-summer. It takes too much water to keep it growing, and it can burn out easily, wasting the effort and money you put into the project. Most sod and plug companies won’t ship material from mid-June through August, depending on the specific climate.

Preparing the Soil for Sod, Plugs or Seeding

Start by using an herbicide on the existing grass and weeds. Follow instructions carefully, and make sure enough time passes before installing the new material.

Once the old vegetation is removed, cultivate the soil to a depth of one to two inches, loosening it so the new roots can get a good start. Install the sod, plugs or seed, and keep the soil watered according to the grower’s recommendation.

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns from the University of California Agriculture and Resources Department provides all the details for preparing the soil, installing new turf or seed and keeping it irrigated.

Sod Installation Costs

Keys to the cost are the amount of work required to prepare the soil—removing old vegetation, grading and cultivating – and how large your yard is. Costs go down per square foot as the yard gets larger. That is true with plugs and hydro-seeding too.

Depending on these factors, you can expect to pay $0.25 to $0.50 per square foot. The Homewyse sod cost calculator will help you determine your costs based on the size of your yard. It breaks sod installation costs down by material costs, labor costs and equipment costs.

Sod Plug installation Costs

Sod plugs are clumps of sod either 3 inches or 4 inches square. They are planted in a grid one foot apart in both directions. The plugs send out shoots to fill in the spaces, which usually takes one to two growing seasons depending on the climate.

Plugs are often used installing high-end grasses like Bermuda grass or Zoysia grass (also called Zoysiagrass). You generally won’t find full Zoysia sod – it must be installed in plugs.

There is less material cost, but there is more labor cost for installing sod plugs. Therefore, you can expect to pay $0.40 to $0.55 per square foot for Zoysiagrass plugs and other types of plugs.

Hydro-seeding Installation Costs

Maintaining a Beautiful New Lawn can be achieved by Hydro-seeding which has become very popular in the last decade. A wet mixture of seed, mulch to hold water and fertilizer are sprayed onto the dirt. It must be watered like sod or plugs.

The seed germinates and is held in place by the mulch until it can take root. Advantages of hydro-seeding include the ability to plant a large area quickly and higher germination rates than you get with standard broadcast seeding.

Hydro-seeding costs range from $0.30 to $0.45 depending on the size of the lawn and the type of grass you wish to growfile:///C:/Users/belwert/Pictures/spring%20clamp.jpg.

So Maintaining a New Beautiful new Lawn for your home can take a lot of work and patience, but in the long run it will be worth it.

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