As with any activity in life, planting or starting a new lawn always begin with planning. If you do not take the time to carefully plan out your lawn, then there is a very good chance you could end up with a lawn that is poor in quality and appearance as well as being extremely difficult to maintain.

How to Choose the Best Type of Lawn for Your Home

Here are a number of factors to consider and help you out determine the specific qualities or aspects that the ideal lawn for your home should possess.

  • Size - How much space can you afford to set aside for your lawn? What do you plan to do with a lawn anyway? More to the point, what purpose would it serve and how much space do such activities require?
  • Children and pets - They are both lovely, but they are also one of the toughest threats to any type of lawn. You want to make sure that you choose a hardy variant of sod, sprig, or seedling for your lawn if you have lots of freely roaming pets and kids in your home.
  • Maintenance requirements - Some types of lawns are pretty high maintenance while others are not. If you are thinking about your budget, this is one factor you should always take into account.
  • Sports - If you are going to use the lawn for sports activities, then here are several standard sizes to
    keep in mind: 30 x 60 feet for badminton, 50 x 85 feet for volleyball, 60 by 80 feet for soccer, and 50 x 80 feet for croquet.
  • Grass species - This is not just a matter of preference but suitability as well. Not all kinds of grass may be able to grow effectively in your area if you live in a cool or temperate zone. Majority of grass species need as much exposure to sunlight. When choosing which type of grass to install in your lawn, you have to consider how much shade they will be under in your lawn as well as the ease in which your grass will get to enjoy exposure to sunlight.
  • Time - Do you have the necessary patience and perseverance to certain types of grass for your lawn? Are you hoping to complete planting your lawn in a certain timeframe?
  • Aesthetics - What kind of look do you want your lawn to have? Look for ideas online so that you will have an easier time visualizing your perfect lawn.
  • Elements - Grass does not have to be the only living thing on your lawn. Consider as well other types of plants or trees that you may want to grow on your lawn. Think of non-living elements as well like a gazebo or picnic tables and such.

Types of Lawn Care Professionals

There may be situations in which you find out you have need for professional services when planning and planting your lawn. As such, it is best that you know now the different types of lawn care professionals you may call on to assist you.

  • Landscape architects - These are licensed individuals who specialize in preparing and implementing a functional and visually appealing design for a garden, lawn, or outdoor area.
  • Landscape designers - Some of them may not be licensed. Most of them also specialize in designing gardens, lawns, and outdoor areas in residential properties.
  • Nursery workers - These professionals specialize in the care and growth of plants and shrubs.
  • Professional gardeners - Consider them as your all-around handyman for your lawn and gardening needs.

When speaking with any lawn care professional, make sure that you take the steps listed below.

  • Ask for an estimate and make comparisons.
  • Prioritize those who have been personally recommended and whose work you have been able to see and admire for yourself. If no personal recommendations are forthcoming, use the Internet to look for lawn care professionals that have been the subject of mostly positive reviews.
  • Take the time to read the fine print. When things go wrong, your contract will be your best defence against companies or professionals that turn out to be disreputable and unwilling to complete their end of the bargain.
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