Lawns and Grass: Every House Needs a Lawn\r\n\r\nEvery house wants an area of grass that can be turned into an attractive lawn. The grass can be patchy, scattered with weeds taller than some plants, sun-scorched in a few small areas due to lack of shade and, therefore, different green colors, but none of that matters.\r\n\r\nCreate Your Own Lawn\r\n\r\nThe thing about it is, that you have a lawn that can be worked on and turned into something that looks amazing, but if you don\u2019t have a patchy lawn, to begin with, you don\u2019t have the necessary foundation to start a lush lawn.\r\n\r\nYour own work or an Artificial Lawn?\r\n\r\nThe next question, I suppose, is whether or not you want to develop this lawn naturally by yourself or whether you\u2019re going to get turf strips and an artificial lawn. Once you\u2019ve made that decision, you can start work on getting yourself a luxurious lawn.\r\n\r\nA Natural Lawn (Our Choice!)\r\n\r\nBermuda Lawn\r\n\r\nIf you choose a natural lawn, you need to look at some of the challenges:\r\n\r\n \tPatchy and weed-infested \r\n \tCheck your climate -warm-season grasses (can handle less sunlight and tolerant of traffic), cool-season grasses (don\u2019t tolerate a lot of traffic and need extra watering). \r\n \tAeration is done by a spike roller to air the roots and get better drainage. \r\n \tScarifying is used to cut or tear into the soil and remove the dead grassroots. \r\n \tWeeds are mostly broad shaped and easy to kill and remove. \r\n \tDo a regular pest control regime and change your insecticide regularly. \r\n \tLawn diseases \u2013 apply fertilizers to your lawn. \r\n \tTop Dressing is applied to an uneven surface to help a lawn recover from a cold season. \r\n \tSometimes your lawn won\u2019t respond to top Dressing; then you must do the leveling yourself with a shovel. \r\n \tFertilize your lawn every three months, which will keep it looking healthy\r\n\r\nWhat About Temperature?\r\n\r\nWhen you\u2019ve given serious thought to the above topics of Lawns and Grass if you are still leaning towards creating your own lawn then before you seed, let me ask you a question, have you taken temperature into consideration?\r\n\r\nWhere are You?\r\n\r\nThere are some great grasses out there \u2013 but where? Where are you, and what's best in your area?\r\n\r\nYes, again, areas are of enormous importance, and getting the right grass for the right area is all the difference to getting all those glances of envy and the smiles of admiration. You can be a seasoned pro, but if you don't know your areas (and many don't), whatever you know doesn't help nearly as much as you know your areas.\r\n\r\nAre You South or North?\r\n\r\nAre you South or North? (Are you in that strip following the lower elevations of Virginia and North Carolina west, through West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas; the one that also includes southern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas").\r\n\r\nIf that\u2019s the case, you can select something nice from these options: \r\n\r\n \tNorth: Kentucky Bluegrass. Cool-season grasses do best in more moderate temperatures, and this grass is ideal. \r\n\r\nKentucky Bluegrass\r\n \tNorth: Perennial Ryegrass. \r\n \tNorth: Fine Fescue. \r\n \tNorth\/Transition: Tall Fescue. \r\n \tTransition: Zoysia Grass. \r\n \tTransition: Bermuda Grass. \r\n \tSouth: Centipede Grass.\r\n\r\nLaying Down Seed?\r\n\r\nYes, again, when are you planning on laying down seeds? You already know that it depends where you live! If you're in the North, you'll wait for warm climates \u2013 April to June.\r\n\r\nForget Seed \u2013 Use Sod\r\n\r\nIn the South, people should forget seeds altogether as sod works best in this region.\r\n\r\nDo you remember those beautiful squares of earth and grass? That's sod \u2013 May to June is best.\r\n\r\nFastest Growing Seed and Sod\r\n\r\nJust back to seed for a minute. If your lawn needs a refresh, then North needs Perennial Ryegrass, and South needs Bermuda Grass in sod form. Now, these two are the fastest growing in your area, so you'll be getting a new look or makeover in no time at all.\r\n\r\nA Healthy Lawn\r\n\r\nDid you ever sit and think about the fact that most lawns are a combination of different grasses? Just plant a combination of seed, and your lawn will thicken out.\r\n\r\nNourish The Lawn\r\n\r\nPut a layer of coconut fiber on top \u2013 because it holds the moisture in its place for longer and makes sure your lawn gets nourishment.\r\n\r\nThicken the Lawn\r\n\r\nIf your lawn is looking a little thin and sparse, use fertilizer \u2013 turf builder \u2013 and particular weed killers, which are all designed to thicken and toughen up your lawn.\r\n\r\nHave an Artificial Lawn\r\n\r\nIf none of the above appeals to you and you find yourself preferring the idea of\r\n\r\nfaux grass, then we start looking at all things artificial and see if that suits our preferences in a better way, and then we can make the decision of real weeds and patches or artificially lush green grass lawn.\r\n\r\nA Difficult Choice\r\n\r\nIt's quite a difficult choice to make because quite apart from the fact that it would be nice to have your own real lawn that you'd done all the 'heavy lifting' for, and therefore you could say honestly it was all your own work and hard labor.\r\n\r\nGet Other People to Install an Artificial Lawn\r\n\r\nIt would also be nice to have an artificial lawn that a company installs \u2013 other hands, not yours, doing the work, while you sit back and tell them what you want and how it should look, etc.\u00a0 These installers design, install and supply your Artificial Lawn.\r\n\r\nGet Gradient Exactly Right\r\n\r\nHowever, the drawback is that it can be costly and, if you don't get the gradient precisely right, to allow the water to run off, the turf could start to perish as the water stagnates in the regular grass beneath.\r\n\r\nHydration is a Must\r\n\r\nInvest in a good Sprinkler System as new lawns should be watered weekly, to begin with, and there's no way you are going to look forward to doing that by hand! These systems are designed so you can select different settings according to your lawn's different needs.\r\n\r\nAll About You\r\n\r\nWhatever you choose, always remember that this is your home, so it's always going to be all about you and what you want.\r\n\r\nYou get what you want, and you appreciate it more, so you look after it more. Nature cannot be taken for granted \u2013 it always has needs regularly and isn't slow to show them \u2013 so you'll always know where you're needed, and for what!