Everything you need to know before you seed or turf your lawn.
- A long narrow lawn will draw the eye along the length of the area. A feature such as a large tree, garden bed or statue located at the far end of this type of lawn will enhance the visual effect.
- You may need to pave a pathway or use stepping stones in heavy traffic areas. People walking or stepping onto the lawn in the same place each time can damage the grass and compact the soil.
- Remember you’ll have to mow your lawn! The lawn surface should not be too steep for the mower to negotiate. On sloping blocks, terracing may be required.
- If the ground is too uneven, the mower will sheer the grass. Try not to create any ‘hard-to-get-at’ corners or narrow strips in your design. On the same note, make sure your lawn isn’t too small. Even small lawns need mowing, and there is nothing worse then having to pull out a cumbersome mower each week to mow only 5m2.
- Totally flat lawns don’t drain well and grass growth will be poor – particularly in heavier soils. If soil isn’t sandy, sub-surface drainage may be necessary for a quality lawn.
- All parts of the lawn must receive direct sunlight at some part of the day in order for the grass to grow well. Those areas under shady trees where the grass won’t grow consider incorporating a larger garden bed, an outdoor seating are, small paved area or perhaps a decorative pebble feature area.
- Avoid having grass planted right up under the eaves of the house. This will restrict rain from reaching it and, with less water, it won’t grow as well as the rest of the lawn. Once again, the eaves can also shade the grass for prolonged periods, especially through the shorter winter days, which will also cause poor growth.