Which type of lawn is best?
There are a few common options for achieving a lush, green lawn. Sod can be rolled out for an immediate green look, seeding or hydroseeding are inexpensive options which allow you to choose the exact varieties of grass in your lawn, and artificial turf is a maintenance-free alternative that is especially appealing in desert areas.
“Sod is the most common option people choose,” says Daniel McClure of LKM Mowing and Landscaping in Normal, IL. “It has instant appeal, the initial maintenance to get it established is much easier, and it has a tight root system so few weeds grow into it,” he says. However, sod can be more susceptible to disease than a seeded lawn, and the initial installation costs more than seeding.
A hand-seeded lawn is an easy option for homeowners who want to do it themselves. The advantage to seeding is that you can tailor your seed choices to the soil type, sun, and amount of traffic the lawn will get. The disadvantage is that when you create ideal conditions for lawn seed to sprout, weed seeds will also come up.
Hydroseeding is a fast option for seeding large areas of lawn quickly and inexpensively. You’ll need to hire a professional or rent a hydroseeder for this process. McClure points out that one of the advantages to hydroseeding is that the papery mulch used keeps seeds warm, and therefore encourages better germination rates than hand-seeding.
Once installed, artificial turf needs no maintenance beyond keeping the surface free of leaves and other debris, so it’s a popular choice in places where there are water shortages. Artificial turf is especially great in tiny spaces that may prove difficult to irrigate or mow, and on putting greens where a consistent surface is of benefit. However, it does heat up in the sun, so may not be ideal for families with pets or small children.
The installation process
While the beginning stages of installing a lawn are similar for seed, hydroseed, sod, and artificial turf, some elements are very different. Call All Seasons Cleaning Services to help you install the lawn you want.
Dealing with sloped sites can often propose some difficult design challenges. Retaining walls can create level areas for planting, lawns, outdoor living spaces and for functional use areas. Retaining walls can also help stabilize erosion, add additional usable space by leveling out the sloped landscape, and create interest. It is very important that you have your walls properly installed by an experienced company as severe problems may arise from an improperly installed retaining walls in the northwest.
If you own a home and have a yard, your outdoor space probably includes some sort of path -- from front sidewalk to front door, around the side of the house, or out to the backyard. You can rely on a basic from-here-to-there walkway, or you can upgrade yours with ideas that are beautiful and practical. The first step is to choose your material -- one that complements your house and landscape design. The options are varied: brick, gravel, cut stone, or flagstone, for example. If brick is your choice, you'll want to find a style and pattern that's a good fit for your home and garden; wander through our gallery of ideas. Shape, texture, and design are factors in every pathway, no matter the material. After you make your choices we will consult with you about the design of the walkway. Our process is simple and you will be delighted with the final result.