Are you having trouble with your lawn?
One answer is to replace your current lawn with new turf. Although it seems wasteful to tear up old grass in favor of new turf and sod, replacing your lawn with turf is in fact an environmental practice, as the new turf is both calibrated to fit your lawn’s agricultural needs and climate requirements as well as aerated to ensure growth.
A full lawn of living turfgrass is much better for the environment than a lawn of patchy, dead grass.
Here are the steps you need to take to replace your current lawn with new turf:
1. Get to know your lawn
Surprisingly, few homeowners take the time to truly get to know their lawn. We’ve written about the steps you need to take to inventory your property and note your lawn’s key features like irrigation, sunlight, soil type, soil water level and other factors (like tilling). Without fully understanding your lawn’s needs, you won’t know what type of turfgrass to install.
If you purchased a home in a housing development, chances are the landscapers who built your home didn’t take the time to get to know your lawn either. Poor landscaping is one of the common causes of bad lawns, especially when developers ignore drainage, fail to anchor the lawn with topsoil or mismanage any of the other important lawn practices.
However, your choice to replace your lawn with new turf is going to solve these problems.
2. Talk to a professional
Although it’s possible to replace your lawn yourself, you still need to talk to a professional in advance. Different areas of the country have different landscaping quirks and issues: for example, the soil in Denver, Colorado is mostly heavy clay, and you aren’t likely to know how to address that unless you talk to a professional from one of the CO aeration companies.
If you have the cash on hand, you might want to just go ahead and pay the professionals to replace the lawn for you. They’ll take care of all the steps and manage all the details like aeration, pH balance and irrigation, and they also pay follow-up visits to ensure your new turf is healthily growing.
3. Replace your lawn
Once you’ve surveyed your property and talked to professionals, it’s time to actually start replacing your lawn with new turf. This is often a multi-step process, as first you have to let the old grass die and remove the roots.
If you’re determined to replace your lawn yourself, make sure you search for a lawn replacement guide that’s specific to your city and state.
Here’s a video to help you learn how to remove your old lawn.
Following the Colorado theme: Colorado State University has created a step-by-step guide to replacing a Colorado lawn, taking into account the landscape’s particular issues and difficulties. Find a similar guide for your state and follow the instructions to the letter.
4. Follow up
Replacing your lawn isn’t enough. Turfgrass requires specific care and management, and a good lawn and garden store will tell you exactly how you need to water and fertilize your new lawn.
Even if you hire a professional to re-turf your lawn, it’s important to learn everything you can about your new grass, as you’ll be taking care of it yourself after the professionals leave.
Follow these steps to replace your poorly-installed, dying lawn with a new, eco-friendly bed of fresh green turf. Don’t forget to leave space for a flower or vegetable garden, and enjoy your new, lush lawn.