As a new homebuyer, this is an exciting time as you plan and see the potential of what can be with your new home. This doesn’t only apply to the inside of your home, but to the outside too. This is especially true for those who’ve recently build their home and have nothing established yet.
When it comes to designing your backyard, one of the first things many homeowners look at is establishing your lawn. To do this, first decide where you want your garden and flower beds. Once you have these areas decided, you can move forward with landscaping your yard and deciding where you’d like to have lawn.
As you move forward with planting your lawn, you’ll need to decide if you want to use seed or sod. Most builders use sod, which is more effective than seeding, but costs a little more. Seeding is a longer process because it takes the root system a while to develop.
If you decide to go with sod, you should plan on aerating your lawn immediately to allow the water to go deeper into the ground. This is vital, especially when establishing new lawn, since water is a key component for keeping your lawn healthy. When aerating, make sure the holes are at least 6 inches deep so the roots have room to move and won’t become entangled.
As you start to lay sod, take some time to decide where you want the first strip to go and measure the area so you can cut the strip to fit the area. Work toward the opposite edge of your lawn, which is usually the edge closest to your home. Keep all the joints as tight as possible and avoid overlapping. It’s also important not to stretch sod strips to try and fill in gaps as this will damage the lawn. Once your sod is down, use a rake to help work the soil into the small cracks.
If laying down sod or planting seeds doesn’t appeal to you, another option is to hire a professional to do this for you. Depending on your budget and time, this might be the best option. Before hiring someone to lay sod, take a moment to call around and ask for bids. This is also a good time to check out their online reviews and chat with friends and family who may have used them in the past. The more information you have going in, the better.
Have something to add to the article? Tell us about it below in the comments.