A complete lawn renovation, including new trees and shrubs, planting flower beds, and mowing are all necessary parts of a complete lawn renovation project. Many professional companies will perform these tasks along with installation of grass seeds and seedlings, fertilizer, and seeding. A landscape contractor can help you design the layout of your yard and make recommendations about materials and species of grass that would best fit your climate and yard type. They can also help you choose the color of your grasses. These are important decisions that shouldn’t be made by you and should be left to someone who knows what they’re doing.
Most people think they have a great lawn when they have a small amount of new cuttings on top of what they had when they purchased their home. There is no better feeling in the world than looking out at a perfectly green lawn. A complete lawn renovation will aerate the soil, removing hard dirt that does not aerate, and adding healthy soil that is oxygenated. The new cuttings will break down naturally, without too much effort on your part. A good landscape contractor can help you determine the correct methods for aerating your existing lawn and will explain the benefits to you.
If you plan to do the complete lawn renovation on your own, you will have to choose between two methods of starting your project: seeding and starting with a new lawn. Seeding involves introducing large numbers of new plantings into the lawn before the existing lawn has had a chance to settle. Many people use this method, but there is no better option. Using seedlings or starter fertilizer helps control weed growth and helps you avoid a complete overhaul of your yard. Purchasing an inexpensive starter fertilizer at a hardware store is an excellent idea and will cut the cost of seeding completely. Many homeowners start by seeding their entire yard, and then supplement that with a healthy lawn mower and a few beneficial shrubs.
Starting with a clean slate allows you to eliminate most of the undesirable weeds and other undesirables from your yard. Removing the roots of these weeds helps you achieve better soil aeration, making the soil ready for the plants to take root. Many people mistakenly think that complete lawn renovation requires cutting all of the grass, which is not the case. Cutting out unwanted grass will not improve the soil’s ability to accept and hold plant life, and will just attract more weeds.
One thing many homeowners overlook is the proper use of mulch after completing a complete lawn renovation. Mulch should be applied to the soil one week prior to seeding. By providing cover for the roots during the week of seeding, you make sure that weeds are not able to establish themselves. You also make certain that the grass has adequate air and water. The use of compost as a fertilizer before applying mulch helps mulch become less heavy and compacted, and therefore helps the grass to grow roots easily.
In addition to the use of compost and mulch, you may also want to consider the use of a weed barrier in your complete lawn renovation. Weed barriers are essentially woven or plastic strips, which are placed at the edge of your lawn grass and at the edges of your landscape. They prevent weeds from growing up to the first inch of soil. The weed barrier needs to be reapplied every year, and sometimes several times each year. This should keep weeds from taking over your whole yard and allow you to have a beautiful lawn all throughout the years.
When you perform a complete renovation project on your entire lawn, you may need to hire a professional to help you. With professional help, you can eliminate some of the unsightly tasks involved with raking. For example, you can choose to hire someone to rake, and prune, instead of doing it yourself. You may also need to hire someone to fertilize and spread compost, instead of performing these tasks yourself.
One of the most important tasks in a lawn renovation is thatching. You can either choose to have a professional that does thatching for you, or you can do it yourself. If you decide to do it yourself, then you will definitely want to invest in a cordless weed trimmer, a power blower, and an electric weeding fork. Having these tools will make thatching much easier, and quicker.