Making a great lawn takes a lot of work. Proper cultivation practices go a long way in making your turf as green as possible. Growing high quality grass starts even before planting, however. Choosing the correct grass is not as simple as going to the store and choosing the first seed or piece of sod you see. Correct turfgrass selection will prevent future problems with disease, insects, sun coverage and the soil quality and environmental conditions in the area.
Perform a soil test to determine the quality of the soil in your lawn. Send soil samples to your local University Extension or buy a soil test from your local garden center.
Determine what the lawn will be used for and how much time you have to take care of it. Turfgrass varieties have different levels of care and fertilizer requirements.
Ask your University Extension for information on which turfgrass varieties are suitable for the landscape, as well as what common problems in the area can be avoided when choosing turfgrass.
Choose a certified turfgrass seed says Virginia Cooperative Extension. This is a guarantee that the seed is of a good quality and is likely to germinate.
Check the seed for purity. Louisiana State University recommends a seed having less than .03 percent weed seed and less than .5 percent crop seed.
Choose sod that looks fresh and disease free. Certified sod is best.