Green lawns

Growing the perfect lawn is the goal of most homeowners. If this is your goal, ask yourself these questions before you start spending time and money to improve your lawn:

  • What are the best times to fertilize?
  • Which grass seed is the most durable for the geographic place where you live?
  • Should you plant a new lawn or renovate an existing one?
Creative ideas for lawns, patios, decks and paths : practical advice on designing garden floors and surfaces, using grass, stone, wood, brick, tile and gravel
Jenny Hendy.
London : Southwater, 2008.
All about lawns.
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith, c2008.
#60; ul #62; #60; li #62; The thorough guide for lawn and yard enthusiasts this reference covers everything to maximize the health, beauty and utility of yards. #60; p #62; #60; li #62; Topics include everything from choosing grasses and ground coverings to planting, mowing, weeding, watering and dealing with pests and diseases. #60; /li #62; #60; /ul #62; #60; p #62;
Toro expert guide to lawns : pro secrets for a beautiful yard
Joseph R. Provey, Kris Robinson with Van Cline.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner, c2008.
The Toro Expert Guide to Lawn Care reveals the secrets for creating a healthier, more beautiful lawn without spending a lot of time or money and without using toxic substances. Whether readers want to start a new lawn from scratch or just fix problem areas, the secrets to success include choosing the right grasses and using an enlightened maintenance program. This book includes a user's guide to tools and equipment and a listing of sources for free advice and the latest research information. Illustrated with 350 photos and 101 drawings and brimming with how-to information, the Toro Expert Guide to Lawn Care shows readers how to achieve a really beautiful lawn.
Edible estates : attack on the front lawn
with texts by Diana Balmori ... [et al.].
New York : Metropolis Books, c2008.
"The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then three more prototype gardens have been created, in Lakewood, California; Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England. Edible Estates regional prototype gardens will ultimately be established in nine cities across the United States." "Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn documents the first four gardens with personal accounts written by the owners, garden plans and photographs illustrating the creation of the gardens - from ripping up the grass to harvesting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Essays by Haeg, landscape architect Diana Balmori, garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, author Michael Pollan and artist and writer Lesley Stern set the Edible Estates project in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. This smart, affordable and well-designed book also includes reports and photographs from the owners of other edible front yards around the country, as well as helpful resources to guide you in making your own Edible Estate."--BOOK JACKET.

Before you decide what type of grass seed to buy, determine what type of climate exists where you live. For example, do you need drought, cold, heat, or shade tolerant grass?

By learning first what type of climate you live in, money will not be wasted on grass not suited to your area. Check your local nursery to see what grows well in your geographic region. Consider chatting with you neighbors if they have a lovely lawn. Ask them what did they do to make it grow so well.

Besides understanding the temperatures of where you live, another question needs to be asked. What is the salt tolerance of your area? Just as certain trees and plants can not grow with high salt levels in the soil or air, the same applies for grass.

Mowing tips

Cutting Height - 2-3 in. for most lawns
Mowing Frequency - how fast does it grow?
Clipping Removal - Don't - they are a valuable source of nutrients
Mowing Patterns - vary with each mowing
Mowing Equipment - keep the blades sharp

More tips

Two other items that should be considered before rushing out to buy grass seed for your lawn, are the pH and texture of your soil. Again, depending on these two characteristics, certain grasses will grow wonderfully. Others will just never germinate.

To establish a healthy lawn, a begin and stick with a fertilization program. This will aid with the continual renewal of nitrogen in the soil. By having proper levels of nitrogen, grasses will be firmly established.

Maintain a healthy turf and you can reduce the time, energy, and chemicals needed to control insects and diseases. If a pesticide is used, be sure to read and follow all label directions carefully. And soon you will be satisfied with a lovely green lawn.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff