A lawn provides a valuable addition to any home but only the right turf will make it as aesthetically appealing as it should be. Making the right decision in choosing the lawn grass will not only improve the looks of the home but also improve its value greatly. Here are some factors one must bear in mind when settling on the right kind of grass to have in their lawn.
Type of seeds and how they grow
There are different kinds of seeds available in the market each of which grows differently. There are those that grow from sods, sprigs or plugs while others grow from actual seeds. Any will give positive results depending on the type of soil on which it is grown and proper preparations. Talk to your lawn grass contractor on what is best for your land needs before making the final decision.
Different kinds of lawn grass require different levels of maintenance. While some need to be tended and manicured as often as daily, others require the same after a while. Remember that this maintenance requires money and since a lawn is a lifetime investment, you need to be sure that you can keep up with these needs for a long time. If you prefer to spend much less on your lawn, opt for the type that requires maintenance less often.
Before deciding on the kind of turf to have in your lawn, have your soil tested for the pH, mineral components, soil type, drainage and many more traits. This is because the different types of lawn grass require different soil conditions for optimal growth. What may do perfectly well in your neighbourâ€™s backyard could be disastrous in your own. It could grow in patches if at all it grows necessitating a redo of the entire process which of course costs more money. Though many kinds of lawn grass will grow over a range of soil conditions, it is best to choose one whose optimal conditions are met by your lawnâ€™s soil.
Ability to stand environmental stresses
Different environments will offer varying challenges to lawn grass in your lawn. If you live in an arid area or areas with little or no rainfall, it is best to consider lawn grass that can withstand long periods without rainfall and/or the need for irrigation. Such include centipede grass and bahia grass. For those living in the coastal areas, grass with good salinity tolerance is the best choice. Consider also how fast the grass is able to grow back after being trodden upon by movement of people and animals. Bear in mind all kinds of stresses your lawn may be exposed to and choose a type that will be able to withstand it all.
Unique pest problems
You will not want to keep spraying your lawn every now and then especially if there are children around. The best solution therefore is to only opt for a kind of turf that is resistant to the types of pests common in your geographical location. Pests can result in damage to the grass as well as diseases to those using it. Though proper maintenance can keep these at bay, prevention is better than cure.