Green grass often provides the finishing touch to numerous landscape designs. This type of groundcover provides a useful surface for activities, as well as erosion control and site enhancement. Establishing and caring for a lawn often requires large amounts of time and money. Careful grass selection and planting procedures provide easy alternatives to other traditional methods of grass establishment and maintenance. Create an attractive lawn that requires minimal care by choosing grass for your climate and soil type.
Test the soil on your planting site. Easily establish your lawn by providing necessary nutrients in the beginning. Purchase a soil test kit and follow the enclosed instructions when collecting the soil sample. Purchase any soil amendments recommended by the results of your soil test.
Remove any existing vegetation from your site. Pull out obvious weeds and plants. Incorporate any soil amendments with a garden tiller. Add some compost to provide additional nutrients and drainage to poor, compact soils. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide listed for use with grass lawns to the soil before planting new grass. Follow the manufacturer's directions when applying your herbicide.
Purchase a low-maintenance type of grass sod to plant in your lawn. Choose a grass that requires minimal amounts of water and mowing, such as buffalo grass and Bermuda grass. Avoid buying invasive grasses that require extra measures to reduce spread beyond the planting site.
Lay sod over the top of your prepared soil. Although expensive, sod provides an easy alternative to the more time consuming practice of planting and establishing new grass from seed. Lightly moisten the sod upon delivery. Gently sprinkle the top of the exposed sod on each pallet. Lay the sod onto your prepared soil, one section at a time. Keep remaining pallets out of the sun until ready for planting.
Water your new sod every few days for the first few weeks. Allow your grass to grow to the tall end of the recommended height for its variety before mowing. Avoid extra work by allowing grass clippings to remain on the lawn after mowing. These clippings hold in moisture, reducing the need for frequent watering.