A Spectacular Spring

A Spectacular Spring

Tips for Installing a New Lawn

by Terri Holmes

Growing a new lawn in your yard can be one of the best improvements you can make to your home and landscaping. Lawn makes your yard look lush and manicured, and can help keep your home's interior cool during hot summer weather. Here are three tips to help you successfully install a new lawn.

Follow Installation Guidelines

Before you can apply lawn seed or sod, the soil needs to be cleaned of any weeds, rocks, and other debris that can cause your new lawn to be uneven. Use a bobcat or other earth moving equipment to smooth the soil and prepare it for installation.

Lay the sod upon the soil evenly or apply a layer of grass seed. If you are applying grass seed, it can be helpful to cover the soil with peat moss first, to provide a more hospitable environment for the seeds to take root. Peat moss will also help hold in moisture better to keep the seeds wet for germination and to prevent the seeds from blowing away in strong wind gusts.

Install Sprinklers

After you have installed your new lawn, whether it is with seed or with sod, you will need to water your lawn regularly to help it grow and become established in the soil. New grass seeds need to be kept constantly wet until they begin to germinate and grow, when they will require slightly less watering. Sod needs similar regular watering to help the roots grow down into the soil to have access to moisture located below. Without water, either type of lawn will die, and watering by hand or with a mobile sprinkler can be difficult to accomplish.

Installing a sprinkler system on programmable timer helps to ensure your lawn receives constant watering while it is becoming established. You can hire a professional sprinkler installer to plan and install your system according to your lawn's layout. You can choose from a traditional rigid PVC pipe system, which is installed below the soil of your lawn.

There are also trenchless sprinkler systems, which consists of flexible tubing that is installed in the soil just below where the sod will grow. If you are installing this type of system prior to your lawn being installed, the sprinkler pipes set just within the soil and can be inserted by making a cut with your shovel and covering it with a thin layer of soil.

To learn more about sprinkler systems, contact companies like Boehm Landscape Inc.

Divert Roof Rain Runoff

After you have installed your new lawn with sod or lawn seed, you will want to make sure the lawn can become established before it is exposed to excessive water runoff from your roof, as it can form divots in the soil and wash away seed. For this reason, it is recommended to install downspout diverter pipes onto your downspouts to move rain runoff away from your lawn and onto an area outside of its growth, such as a driveway or gravel covered area.

Roof runoff diversion is recommended for keeping your basement free of moisture problems. Installation of diverters to deliver rain water several feet away from your home's foundation will help your new lawn grow and help keep your basement and foundation dry.


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A Spectacular Spring

Spring is a breathtakingly beautiful time of the year. During this special season, I adore looking at the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers in my front and back yards. Perhaps you want to enhance the appearance of your outdoor property this spring. Consider hiring a professional landscaper to help you accomplish this important task. An expert landscaper can plant fruit trees in your space. For instance, you might want this individual to plant apple, pear, peach, or orange trees on your property. You may also wish for this professional to plant attractive shrubs in front of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover how a landscaper can help you have a spectacular spring. Enjoy!