If you are a new gardener hoping to revamp your lawn, it is often a more complicated process than you may have anticipated. If you are not experienced with lawn types or grass seed, you are probably better off creating a new lawn from scratch, rather than trying to incorporate your existing grass growth with new seed.
Grass seed comes in a surprisingly extended variety, and you will need to establish your lawn’s needs as well as your own preferences before making your decision.
Here are a few things to establish before choosing your ideal grass seed:
– Consider the climate of your area. Different grass types adapt well to different climates, and you will need to choose your seed accordingly.
– Determine the temperatures that your grass will be subjected to. Don’t consider only your current climate, but what the anticipated temperature will be when the seasons change. Finding a seed that can survive all four seasons is difficult, but is the best way to guarantee success.
– Apart from the temperature, you also need to establish how susceptible your lawn will be do drought. Some grass types can handle long periods of drought regardless of temperatures, so determine what your needs are before making your decision.
– Where your lawn is situated and the climate it grows in will influence the amount of shade it receives. Even if you live in sunny conditions, your lawn may be clouded in shade by surrounding trees and shrubs. This is an important influence on grass growth, so be certain you have accurately assessed your lawn before deciding on the most suitable seed.
– How often your lawn is used is a crucial aspect of grass survival. Even if you find the perfect seed to match your temperature and climate, it will be rendered useless if there is more foot traffic than it can handle. If you have children or often have company around your lawn, you need a seed that can handle a lot of foot traffic.
– Finally, you need to consider the maintenance of different seeds before determining the right type for your garden. If you do not have a lot of time to manage your lawn, you need to find a seed that does not require much attention and will still remain healthy and attractive. General upkeep will include mowing and ertilization, so you need to decide who will handle these responsibilities, and to what extent.
A few good quality names to look out for include: Bluegrass, Bent Grass, Bahia, Fescue, Buffalo Grass, Kentucky and Perennial.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your choices, describe your needs to a nursery assistant, who is likely to point you in the direction of the correctly matched seed.