New Lawn
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Learn How to Install a Brand New Lawn in Just One Day

Watch as Host Barry Du Bois and his building partner, Dylan, transform an ugly yard into a lucious, grassy paradise in just one day!

No one wants a lawn full of yellow grass, or a deteriorating backyard full of unsightly pavement and clutter. Many people think they are stuck being dissatisfied with their backyards due to cost and time constraints, but Barry Du Bois and Dylan shatter that myth by showing how a team of two can put in an entirely new lawn in just one day. Watch as one couple’s backyard is transformed from messy pavement to a luscious lawn on this episode of “The Living Room.”

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If it’s time to upgrade your yard with a new lawn, all you have to do is follow Dylan’s step-by-step process. In this case, Dylan chose to create a lawn of grass, which they defined by planting new garden beds around the edges of the lawn. The first step is to create a free draining base for the new lawn. During that process, Dylan and his assistant for the day, Barney, started by removing the pavement and created an even underlay with soil and water crystals where the turf would be placed. Dylan also added an alloy aluminum barrier to prevent the grass from growing into the surrounding plant beds. Then, all they had to do was thoroughly water the underlay, and roll out the turf. Dylan noted the importance of rolling out the turf starting from the corner, and pushing each piece of turf close together. As a final touch, Dylan and Barney planted some native plants in the new plant beds. Then, they were ready to show off their unbelievably quick yard renovation! 

Whether you just put in a new lawn, or are trying to keep your current yard alive, we have tips to help keep your grass alive and green. As Barry reminds us, newly planted lawn should be kept wet for the first 4-6 weeks. That said, there is much more you can do to keep your lawn thriving!

Restore your lawn seasonally. 

If you are struggling to keep your lawn alive, consider waiting until an easier time of year to restore growth. Seasons with milder temperatures, such as Spring or early Fall, may bring greater luck when it comes to resurrecting your lawn. Once you have successfully brought your lawn back to life, make sure your hard work wasn’t in vain by following through with the consistent care and maintenance your lawn needs to thrive. 

Understand the issue and prepare your lawn correctly. 

In order to solve a problem, you first need to understand why it is happening. If your lawn appears dead, try to think about why. Are you not cleaning up pet waste timely? Or is your area going through a heat wave and now your grass isn’t getting enough water? Once you know why your grass isn’t thriving, the solution should be obvious. 

Alternatively, there are many different types of grass out there, and looks can be deceiving. For example, if your grass turns brown every Winter and appears dead, you might actually have warm-season grass that naturally goes dormant in the Winter months. Adapting your lawn maintenance to the type of grass you planted can help keep it looking green and luscious.

Once you know why your grass isn’t thriving, you can also take extra steps in your preparation and maintenance routine to give your lawn some extra TLC. If your grass is not getting enough water, for instance, you may want to spend extra time pulling up unwanted weeds. These weeds compete with the grass for much needed nutrients, including water. 

Water consistently at the right time of day. 

In general, the best way to keep your grass alive is to consistently water it twice a day. Watering your grass in the morning prepares it to withstand the heat of the day, and watering again in the evening cools off the grass. This method of watering is also best for maximum water retention. In addition, make sure to water your lawn extra deeply at least once or twice a week. If this watering schedule seems too involved or overwhelming to you, it may be a good idea to install a home irrigation system, which will take care of all your plant watering needs for you. 

Mow high instead of low. 

Especially in the hot Summer months, mowing your lawn on high settings will be beneficial to preserving your grass. After mowing the lawn, you typically want your grass to stand at approximately 3 inches high. Taller blades of grass provide shade for the lawn’s root systems during hotter weather, and in general, taller blades of grass have stronger root systems. 

In addition, make sure your lawn mower also receives the proper maintenance it needs. For example, dull mower blades will tear your grass instead of smoothly cut it. In general, good mower maintenance includes sharpening the blades and changing the oil, filter and spark plugs. Your mower should come with manufacturer instructions on how to care for your specific mower, and some landscaping companies will include lawn mower maintenance as part of their services.  

Apply fertilizer.

Overtime, your soil will lose the essential nutrients that your lawn needs in order to thrive. This makes fertilizer a great tool, as it replaces the essential nutrients that are naturally lost in the soil. The general rule of thumb is to fertilize your lawn every 6 weeks, but that rule could vary depending on the needs of your specific lawn and what type of fertilizer you use. Too much fertilizer could backfire by causing your grass to grow too quickly, or by turning your grass brown. If fertilizer does cause your grass to grow too quickly, you may want to consider using a lower nitrogen content fertilizer than what you were using, which should keep your lawn green while eliminating the fast growth. Alternatively, you may want to consider using a mulching mower, which helps to naturally fertilize the lawn by recycling the nutrients in the grass clippings back into the soil.
 

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Repair spots caused by pet waste. 

If you have a dog, it is inevitable that your lawn will also become your furry friend’s bathroom. Unfortunately, this can cause brown or yellow patches to form in your otherwise green grass. In order to prevent this from happening, make sure to clean up pet waste promptly. Taking care of your lawn in general, as well as adding compost to the areas your pet waste to absorb urine faster may also help. 

Cheat the system with fake turf. 

Who could blame you if you don’t want to deal with the hullabaloo necessary for keeping a lawn alive and thriving? If you want a beautiful lawn without the hassle, consider installing fake turf. Companies, such as Home Depot, can help you install artificial turf that looks and feels just like real grass! While artificial grass still requires some maintenance, especially if you have pets, you will likely not need to do the daily maintenance that living grass requires. 

At the end of the day, there are few things more satisfying than seeing your hard work pay off. Whether you are completing a new lawn DIY project or you have put in the effort to revitalize your existing lawn, you should feel proud when you look upon your lawn and see the beautiful, green oasis you have created. 
 

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