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How to lay a new lawn

How to lay a new lawn
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There’s nothing better than the feeling of fresh grass under your feet in the summer. And there’s no easier way of making your garden look great than with a lush green lawn.

The best thing about lawns is that anybody can grow one successfully, regardless of their experience or love of gardening. A lawn is easy to look after and continues to look good if it’s not abused too much. But before you run off to buy some turf or grass seeds there are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

1. Do you want a lawn?

The first thing to think about when covering the floor area of your garden is what finish suits you best. Although a lawn is the traditional ‘material’ to use, it requires looking after and is less suitable in places that suffer from dense shade, hot dry spots and steep slopes. In these situations, groundcover plants, landscaping materials like gravel or even wildflowers might be a better option.

2. Which type of grass?

If you decide you do want a lawn, the next step is to consider what type (there are more than one). Traditional bowling-green style lawns with a perfect striped finish may look great but they are a lot of work to maintain. For this reason, most people opt for a ‘family’ lawn that contains a mixture of compact, hardwearing grasses. These are much easier to look after, requiring a mow every week during the growing season and an annual feed for the best possible finish.

You can even get grass seed mixtures now for problem areas like shade, dry and sunny spots, as well as mixtures to create wildflower meadows and trendy prairie-style gardens.

3. Turf or seed?

The final thing to think about is whether to create your new lawn from turf or seed. In a nutshell, turf is more expensive, harder work and needs laying as soon as it is delivered. But it does provide an instant result that can be used in just a few weeks.

Seed, on the other hand, is more vulnerable to the weather and birds and takes months before it can be used as a lawn. However, it’s