Installing Residential Lawns
You may be a DIY kind of person, but there are some jobs that just turn out better when you let a professional do it for you. Without the right equipment and know-how, you could end up with something quite different from what you expected. Unless you’ve done it before, lawn installation may be an undertaking best left to the experts at Bosch’s Landscaping.
Deciding How Much Lawn You Need
We all want to do what’s right for the environment, and it is true that unlimited turf grass is not always the best way to do it. Yet we all desire at least some of that smooth green surface around our homes that sets off the architecture so nicely and gives our kids and pets a place to play.
You can find an answer with good landscaping design that has just enough lawn to satisfy both of these two requirements, augmented by low-care landscaping that uses native plants and natural surfaces whenever possible.
Types of Lawn Installation
Starting a new lawn takes several steps, and knowledge about water drainage on your site is one of the crucial elements. Another is deciding what type of residential install you want. Here are the four main ways to put in a lawn:
- Sod – The grass usually comes in sheets about 3/4” thick by 18” wide by 6’ long. It gives you an instant lawn that doesn’t require much maintenance to establish. However, it can be more susceptible to disease and is more expensive than other methods.
- Seed – This method is best for DIY enthusiasts because it is easy and less expensive than other options. It also allows you to tailor the grass to the type you want, but it requires lots of maintenance in the early weeks until it gets established, because weed seeds in the soil can also germinate as the grass seed does.
- Hydroseeding – This is a fast and inexpensive way to do a large area, and the paper mulch used to apply the seed enhances its germination rates, but it requires special equipment to apply it. Bosch’s Landscaping is experienced in doing the proper soil prep and application needed for a nice finished look.
- Artificial Turf – Though we don’t install entire artificial lawns (as some do in desert regions), we have done small pet areas of this durable material.
Preparing the Site
What we do before we put in a lawn is as important as the installation itself. If you decide to use an irrigation system, that will need to be installed first. (Note: amount and timing of watering is important to the health of your lawn, so check with us for the best settings if you use a timer.)
That is followed by removing large pieces of debris and installing the edging that outlines your patch of grass. Then we add topsoil and compost, level it and grade it away from your foundation, and add lime if needed for correct pH balance. We will discuss the type of fertilizer you want used, including options for organic ones and those that will protect our area lakes, streams, and underground water reservoirs from too much phosphorous.
Care After Your Lawn Is In
Moisture levels are important for the first couple of weeks as grass germinates or sod settles in place and starts to put down roots. This will take some monitoring and time on your part. We can help you understand the best amounts and intervals for watering.
You also need to eliminate foot and pet traffic as much as possible in those early days to keep soil from being compacted.
Ready for a New Lawn in West Michigan?
We can help you decide which type of installation would fit your lifestyle, environmental concerns, and budget. Give Bosch’s Landscaping in Holland, MI a call at 616.399.6861 and we’ll evaluate your site and discuss options with you to enhance your outdoor environment. You can also contact us through our website with your questions or to set up an appointment.